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    Question Buying a new 27 Inch i5 - need opinions on RAM

    I'm a graphic designer and am in the market for a new 27 inch iMac i5.

    I need this computer to be more than capable of running Adobe Design Premium, iTunes, Microsoft Office and MYOB.

    They come standard with 4GB of memory but I have the option to upgrade to 8GB, although if I can save $200 I will.

    My question is, will the standard iMac 27 inch i5 with 4GB memory be enough for me or is 8GB a better option??

    Thanks for your help!

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    I'm running a 27" i5 with 4GB RAM at work, it has no trouble running Photoshop/Illustrator/Coda all at once, even when I'm also running a VM to test sites in etc.

    If you can afford it, definitely go the extra RAM though. Otherwise purchase the RAM later when you can afford it.

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    If you're going to be using CS5 applications and using very large source data sets I'd think it'd be worth spending the cash on the extra 4GB.

    You can save yourself some cash by getting yourself third party RAM.

    If you're getting into serious high-end stuff, you might even like to get yourself 2 x 4GB instead of 2 x 2GB - it'll give you more RAM to start with and will save you having to ditch more 2GB sticks later if you find you need to get up to 16GB.

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    Great thanks so much for the feedback

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    My partner uses fairly similar loading of programs with the i5 iMac.

    However we purchased an extra 8gb from Ramcity for $120 and find that it is more than capable of performing the tasks like you describe.
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    If you not in a huge rush I am about to order 16 gig of ram for my iMac so I can let you have the 4gig (2x2g is assume) for cheap. Like $50pp

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    Notwithstanding everyone's opinion on wether to get 8GB or not, I wouldn't pay Apple for the upgrade. You can get an 8GB kit from RAMCity for $119 compared to Apple's $560

    RAMCity also sell Kingston RAM. 2 x 4GB sticks will set you back about $220.

    And, changing RAM in an iMac is easy. If you replace batteries in your remote, you'll be able to replace the RAM in an iMac.
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    No intention to derail this thread, just a side question. Got my iMac 27" i7 with SSD (fast!) last night. Just converted over from PC's.

    Top of the Macs' casing gets really hot, around the 58 degrees mark according to the istat pro widget. Had a look around the web and this seems normal apparently.

    Still, having never had a computer that gets that hot, have you guys had the same issue with the same, or similar models? Just lookin for some peace of mind.

    To the OP, mate, to run what you want to run and future proof it, get the extra RAM from a 3rd party supplier and install yourself, you won't be sorry.

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    First imac owner here, and now own 2 imacs. both are hot machines; due to space constraints and component heat. so far no problems.
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    In reality, you probably have owned computers that reach these kinds of internal temperatures. It's just that the iMac has very little internal space. They suck air in at the bottom and blow it out at the top - think of the top of an iMac as being a little like an exhaust stack.

    Internal temps in PC's often reach these sorts of temps as well but with increased empty space in a typical case there's some cooling before it exits the case.

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    My northbridge is sitting on 81C, CPU on 40C. it sits about there give or take a degree not matter if its freezing cold or stonking hot in the room.

    I'm guessing this is normal!
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    Hope so. Right now my hd is showing as 57 degrees and the heatsink is showing 65, oh well, no loss of performance.

    Just installed Windows 7, and this puppy runs that better than any PC I ever owned!

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    Those temperatures are about average. I've seen some graphics card go a bit higher than that. Just needs some airflow and it should all be good

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