Quick question about Ram replacement

Discussion in 'iMac' started by andrewsn00, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. andrewsn00 macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011

    I intend to order a 27" i7 iMac soon and when I do intend to get the 4gb version with the intension of upgrading to the full 16gb for my video editing.

    I've read how it's advised to use paired Ram so I was going to buy 4x4gb of Crucial/Kingston or whatever.

    Before I do I just thought I'd check - is it fine to completely 100% change the Ram in the iMac? The process looks pretty simple and therefore in my plan I'll be putting in a fresh 4x4gb modules all of the same genesis. But before I do I just thought I'd check it's fine to have all new ram in the machine.

  2. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    I just did.

    Step 1:
    Order 16 GB of ram from NewEgg

    Step 2:
    Wait for ram to arrive.

    Step 3:
    Once received power down the Mac and remove all old ram sticks and set aside.

    Step 4:
    Install 16 GB of ram you received.

    Step 5:
    Boot - verify proper operation.

    Step 6:
    If there is someone in your house who has an iMac put the old ram in their machine so they get a boost too (my wife went from 4 GB to 12 GB on her Core2 3.06 iMac).
  3. SkippyScud macrumors member

    May 10, 2011
    You should be fine with your planned method. I swapped it all out. Others have added to the RAM the system comes with. Just use pairs. So the 2x2GB sticks that are in there can stay and you can toss in 2x4GB or 2x8GB to add to it. Brand doesn't matter so much as speed of the memory. Plenty of threads here to help guide you to the correct RAM or go to Crucial.com and their memory finder tool and use that as a guideline.

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