New iMac RAM 32 vs 64 gig

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jigzaw, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    I know most here do the aftermarket RAM, but leaving that aside, the $800 difference between going with 32 and 64 gigs for RAM is startling. I'm planning on maxing out the GPU and the i7, but wondering if for my needs, 64 would be overkill.

    I'm a TV editor (we use old Mac Pro towers at work) and plan on using Avid Media Composer and eventually Adobe for editing indie films at home on my new iMac (it'll be my first personal Apple desktop), often from 4K sources (though I tend to transcode down to lower rez for editing).

    I'm not a heavy graphics guy, but I would love to learn color correction and try my hand at After Effects.

    Is there any reason, if I'm not a hardcore gamer or CGI artist, to go for 64 gig RAM?

    I'm assuming, also, that a 32-gig iMac can be expanded to 64. However, do we know yet whether an iMac ordered with 16 also will come with enough slots to upgrade up to 64 gigs? I appreciate any responses!
  2. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    I would get the new iMac with just the standard 8GB of ram then order 32GB of ram after. I got 32GB in 2 16GB dimm off Amazon for $190.
  3. jigzaw thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Do we know for sure that the 8GB model will come with enough slots to upgrade all the way up to 64? I'm sure this is a newb question, but I've never owned an iMac or opened up the back of one.
  4. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    It's the same with every other 27" iMac. There are 4 dimm slots and it comes with 2 4GB sicks of ram.
  5. trsblader macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2011
    The 27" iMacs all come with 4 slots for ram regardless of which config you have initially. I would do what the above poster did and buy a 32gb bundle somewhere that is made up of 2x16, put them in with the factory 8gb, for 40gb total and never look back.
  6. epca12 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2017
    What I always suggest is always getting 8GB and upgrading it after, avoiding Apples high charges
  7. mpe macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    You should be fine with 32GB.

    As others suggest - order 8GB and upgrade later.

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