Upgrading RAM iMac 27'' 2012

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  1. gentlechainsaw macrumors newbie

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    Last night I received my certified apple refurbished 27'' iMac

    Specs:
    I want/need to upgrade my RAM since I will be using this machine for video editing.. and since the max is 32GB I was wondering what some of you might suggest I do.

    Is it wise to buy the RAM myself (assumed cheaper option) and install it myself? If so, is this a tedious process? Would it void my 90 day warranty/would it void my applecare when I purchase it? Am I better off going to an Apple store and buying their RAM/having it done there professionally?

    I plan to upgrade to the full 32GB. I mean... why not, right?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

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    It is actually very simple to upgrade the RAM on 27" models (there is an access panel on the back), so by all means do it yourself and save the money. Just make sure you get the right RAM for it.
     
  3. gentlechainsaw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I will have to do some research since I am not sure as to what RAM is "the right RAM", but I am sure that is not hard to find.

    Any brand name RAM suggestions or anything like that? / Any idea on whether or not it voids warranty? From my understanding it does not.
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Forgot to mention it won't void the warranty. Apple considers RAM in the 27" models to be user-replacable.

    As for the brand I find Crucial to be cheap and reliable. However, any 204-pin 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM should work.
     
  5. Alesc macrumors 6502

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    Changing RAM does not void warranty.
    You can buy Crucial or OWC RAM for example.
    You must buy SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz modules, like these on Crucial.

    And don't waste your money with 32GB... Buy 2x8GB: you will have 24GB, which is a lot...

    And if one day you see the memory pressure indicator in orange or red, buy more, but I seriously doubt it...

    Read this thread for example.
     
  6. gentlechainsaw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, I appreciate the insight. I am going to start looking into this.
     
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  10. Alesc macrumors 6502

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    And Crucial service is perfect, you'll see! Very fast shipment...
     
  11. gentlechainsaw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Looks great, thanks again. I wonder what the price difference is with this and Apple.
     
  12. Alesc macrumors 6502

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    It is the same standard DDR3 SODIMM RAM... The 8GB which were in my iMac were Micron... Micron, who sells his chips to end users on... crucial.com ;)

    The real question to be asked is: why people still buy RAM to Apple (when it is not soldered of course) for twice the price???
     
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  14. gentlechainsaw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, thanks. I am assuming I should also purchase the kit to install it.
     
  15. Alesc macrumors 6502

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    If you have two hands and five minutes, you should be fine ;)
    http://support.apple.com/en-en/HT1423
     
  16. suffy67 macrumors newbie

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    Mine is due tomorrow with the FREE postage. :)

    24GB - That will make my email reading much faster :) ( Meister macrumors Demi-God )
     

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