Is there an advantage to buy the 32GB option on iMac retina

Discussion in 'iMac' started by letsudo, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. letsudo, Dec 22, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2014

    letsudo macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2012
    ...instead of buying a 32GB for $350 yourself and replacing the basic 8GB GB RAM?

    If you buy the 32GB option it is $600 more...

    So you can save $250 by buying a 32GB yourself, unless there is something I'm missing...
  2. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    You are right. Buy the extra RAM from elsewhere. There is no need to pay the Apple tax, which in this case is just insane. There are many places out there selling RAM for the iMac and they work great.
  3. UniDoubleU macrumors regular


    Aug 14, 2014
    That is if you even need 32GB. For a big upgrade, adding a 16GB kit adds up to 24GB which is more than a lot of people will ever need in a long time.
  4. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    It depends on your usage. I work with many virtual machines, so I need all the RAM I can get.
  5. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I would suggest that if you take out ram installed by Apple, keep it in case you ever require service. It's best to send it in without third party components. When you purchase third party ram, make sure to test it for bad sticks using memtest or something similar. It's a small inconvenience, but it's worthwhile.
  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    As do I.

    I bought my Late 2013 iMac with 16GB. That way, I just added 16GB (2 x 8GB) and there was nothing to remove.

    I would recommend this for anyone who is eventually looking to upgrade to the full 32GB.
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Apple charges daft prices for RAM upgrades.

    I went for the stock 8GB and then removed it, and inserted 4x8GB chips myself to bring it up to 32GB.

    The stock 8GB is now sitting in a mid-2012 13" cMBP.

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