want to buy Mid 2007 Memory

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  1. austin571 macrumors regular

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    I'm a teacher who does not have good computers in the classroom. I even went by the county surplus place and found 2 mid 2007 iMacs that work. Only problem is that they only have 1 gig and I need at least 4 to run our programs. Crucial wants 55, amazon about the same, and ebay not sure that I would be getting the right one. Does anyone know of a place to try? DDR2 PC2-5300
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  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    iMacs are VERY fussy about RAM. Only install RAM from either Crucial (use their online store) or OWC (www.macsales.com), both are trusted vendors that sell quality RAM.

    You may pay a bit more but the difference is well worth it.
     
  3. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

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    Agree. Crucial.com is the place to buy memory that you can trust. I've ordered hundreds of sticks from Crucial and never had a bad one.

    Their website is also top notch and will not lead you astray in choosing the correct RAM.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Older iMacs, such as the 2007 model, are not fussy about their memory. As long as at least one stick is PC2-5300, it'll very likely work. You'd want two 2GB sticks that are PC2-5300. They can use one 2GB and one 4GB stick, but the 4GB modules are not worth the price for most uses. You can even mix PC2-5300 and PC2-6400, but you cannot use two PC2-6400 in a 2007 iMac.
     
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Not true at all, I had a 2.8GHz 24" iMac that I bought new with the original 1GB of RAM. I put in some Kingston RAM and of course it failed, when I put in OWC RAM it worked perfectly.
     
  6. TheMacNinja macrumors newbie

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  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Failed memory does not mean a machine is picky. It means that the memory had a manufacturing defect. I manage fleets of 2007 and 2008 iMacs. They have an extremely diverse assortment of memory, so much that no machine has a matched pair at this point. Most of the memory came out of recycled Dell, HPs, and Lenovos.
     
  8. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I've dealt with OWC for many years and have found them to be excellent suppliers, here's what you need:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/iMac/Intel_Core_2_Duo

    The maximum RAM your model can take is 6GB (4+2GB sticks), but it's quite a jump in price compared to just getting the 2 x 2GB RAM upgrade.
     
  9. Alesc macrumors 6502

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    I don't find the Macs to be "VERY fussy" about the RAM: my 2007 iMac accepts every standard PC RAM modules, and that makes sense: the chipset is a standard Intel one.
    And the RAM in the iMacs sold today is also standard PC RAM: the memory controller is not made out from a magic dragon scales: the memory controller is in the i5 or i7 CPU...
     

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