RAM advice for new iMac 27

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by czerney, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. czerney macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    I've just placed an order with Apple for a new iMac 27

    • 4.0GHz QC i7, TB up to 4.2GHz
    • 8GB 1867MHz DDR3L (2x4GB)
    • 512GB Flash Storage
    • AMD Radeon R9 M395X w/4GB
    I'm wanting to upgrade the RAM myself.

    What's the recommended brand and spec of the RAM I should use?

    My use will be FCPX and eventually logic pro - I'm not 100% sure how much RAM is recommended to be honest.

    Whatever I use I think I'd prefer to have matching dimms - so probably will go with 16Gb (additional 2 x 4gb sticks) or 32Gb (replace with 4 x 8gb sticks)
  2. chscag macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I buy my memory from OWC (www.macsales.com) or Crucial memory modules from Amazon.com. OWC tends to be a little more expensive but their service and warranty are great.
  3. Nabby macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    Totally agree. Great support from OWC.
  4. czerney thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
  6. czerney thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    I noticed those 16Gb sticks but no way I can afford the price of 64GB hehe. Wife would kill me!

    From my options below I think the 32Gb is the sweet spot - especially if I can recoup some $ selling the original 8Gb:

    a) Buy 2 x 8Gb sticks for $239.99AUD (Total usable 24Gb)
    $14.99 per additional usable Gb.
    b) Buy 4 x 8Gb sticks for $434.99AUD (Total usable 32Gb) - original 2 x 4Gb sticks left over
    $18.12 per additional usable Gb
    c) Buy 2 x 16Gb sticks for $789.99AUD (Total usable 40Gb)
    $24.68 per additional usable Gb
  7. shiekh macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Not sure how many people need 32GB but then again I just spent more than this for a new car battery.

    I almost always buy Crucial for their quality and lifetime warentee
  8. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    I have pretty much the same computer. I bought 2x8G from OWC.
    Great machine. Great choice.
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Just a thought, but…
    … don't just add RAM as soon as you unpack it.

    Run with 8gb for a week or so.
    If by then you KNOW you need more RAM, buy it.
  10. czerney thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    Already bought :) I'm pretty certain I wont need the 32Gb, but figured what the heck.
  11. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    I have too much RAM, Hard Drive Space, and Money...

    ...said no one ever...


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