Question about upgrading memory for new iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dstripling, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. dstripling macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I just got a new 27" iMac and purchased an additional 8G of RAM. I bought the RAM at a local (and reputable) computer parts shop, but they deal mostly in PCs. I wanted to get a second opinion on the RAM before I installed it. The RAM is G Skill DDR3 4GBx2 PC3-12800. I read where the iMac takes laptop memory, but I don't think the RAM I purchased is for a laptop. Does this matter?

    TIA for any info!

    Dawn
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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  3. dstripling thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I think I need to return the memory that I purchased. So what happens if you use the wrong memory? Will it just not be recognized, or will it cause damage?
     
  4. rWally macrumors regular

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    If you didn't purchase laptop sized memory it's likely that it won't even fit in your iMac. Don't try forcing it in otherwise you may damage it.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Just get the correct RAM I bolded.
    If you get the wrong notebook RAM it will probably not be recognised. Be sure to get 204 pin RAM if you don't know what to get.
    The correct RAM is:
    10600 DDR3 1333MHz SO-DIMM 204 Pin Memory
     

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