Memory Recommendation

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ccf, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. ccf macrumors regular

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    I have the mid-2010 3.2GHz i3 27" iMac. I'm sure you guys know this, but it comes with two 2GB sticks with two empty slots.

    I don't know much about this stuff. I can get Apple/Hynix factory original for $7.00 or Apple/Samsung factory original for $8.00. Or is there something else I should get? I can afford to to spend more money if need be.

    What would you guys do as far as upgrading RAM? Two more 2GB sticks like I was looking at or maybe four 4GB sticks? Right now, I don't do heavy computing, but it does bog down at times when I have a bunch of windows & tabs open. I also plan on doing some light video editing.

    Any recommendations? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Kryptik.Kode macrumors member

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  3. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Newegg or Amazon will have 2 STICK 4GB for around $40 shipped
     
  4. ccf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is it wise to keep the two 2GB sticks in with two new 4GB sticks?
     
  5. Kryptik.Kode macrumors member

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    You can definitely do that. If you don't plan on buying 4 new sticks. There is no reason to get rid of your old sticks. Having all 4 slot fully populated is never a bad idea.
     
  6. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    Nothing wrong with it. You get a marginal speed boost if all 4 sticks are the same size, but you won't have stability issues with 2 of one size and 2 of another.
     
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  9. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    If you have any doubt at all, go to crucial.com and let it run the system scanner. It will tell you exactly what you need; then you can comparison shop that with crucial's own store, Amazon, newegg, etc.
     
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  12. Set845 macrumors regular

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    I read that somewhere but I never fully understood it. Does that really mean that if all 4 sticks are not the same size then we will see a marginal speed reduction from the rated speed of the RAM? If so then why would anyone want to do that? I'm just trying to understand this better.
     

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