Upgrading ram?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by intensem1dh, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. intensem1dh macrumors newbie

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    How hard is it to upgrade ram in the iMac?

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac9,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    And where is the best place to buy?
    thanks
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Super easy. You could look at http://www.macsales.com/

     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    Look into the User Guide, that came with your Mac.
    It will tell you how and what RAM to get. Or you look at http://support.apple.com/manuals for the User Guide.
    You can get the correct RAM from www.newegg.com or other sources.
     
  4. robastewart macrumors newbie

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    Amount of RAM

    A mid 2011 iMac comes with 4GB RAM by default, with 2GB x 2 modules installed. Can 4G x 2 modules be installed in the two open slots along with the pre-existing 2GB modules, making a total of 12GB of RAM?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, you can use the 2 x 2GB coming with the iMac in addition to 2 x 4GB modules.
     
  6. robastewart macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!
     
  7. intensem1dh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What's the most ram my system can run?
     
  8. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    I believe that model support 8GB max.

    Cheers,
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
    • By visiting EveryMac.com
    • By using Mactracker
    • By entering your serial number here to find specs for your model. (Be aware that some models can use more RAM than Apple shows. Check EveryMac or MacTracker to verify.)
     
  10. kindaobsessed macrumors member

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    If I have 4GB ram now....and I want 8GB can I get a 4GB stick of ram or do I have to buy 8GB?
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    RAM is usually installed in pairs, so your 4GB is most likely made up of two 2GB sticks. If you only have two RAM slots, you would replace your two 2GB sticks with two 4GB sticks. If you have 4 slots, you could install one 4GB stick in addition to your two 2GB sticks, but it would be better and cheaper to install two additional 2GB sticks.

     
  12. 1goodidea macrumors member

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    I just upgraded the ram in my mid-2011 21.5 iMac last week. I bought the ram from OWC and they shipped it to me in Sydney, Australia in 4 business days. I went from 4GB to 12GB by adding 2 new 4GB sticks.

    I have never installed ram before and it was very straight forward. My only comment is that it takes a surprising amount of force to push those little suckers home but don't worry they won't break. I understand the procedure for the OPs iMac is very similar to the mid-2011 models.

    OWC even has installation videos on its website the guide you through the process.

    Definately would recommend.
     
  13. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

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    That's exactly what I just did! Own a mid-2011 iMac i5 with 4GB and just installed another 8GB (2 x 4GB) for total of 12GB. Love seeing memory usage at only about 15-20% with multiple apps open and running!
     

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