View Full Version : New iMac user needs memory advice...

11th May 2010, 08:59 PM
Not my memory... the iMac's :)

Finally made the switch and bought myself a 27" i7, but couldn't justify upgrading the memory to 16gig for a further $2,000 (or thereabouts).

I've heard that you can buy non-Apple memory a lot cheaper, is this true?

I really have no idea and I'm sorry if these are stupid questions, but could someone:
1. Recommend some brands I could look at (don't necessarily need 16gig, but a bit more than the stock would be nice); and
2. Is it possible/easy to install yourself, or should I just bring the unit with me?

Thanks in advance,

12th May 2010, 10:58 PM
Check your manual.

There's a guide on how to do in there. It's really simple - 5mins tops.

Here's another online (http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-iMac-Intel-27-Inch-RAM/1630/1)

As for recommendations, plenty recommend Kingston RAM. Just do a search on RAMCity (http://www.ramcity.com.au/system/58838.htm) or ShopBot or StaticIce

21st May 2010, 07:54 AM
I bought run-of-the-mill Kingston SO-DIMM modules for my iMac to upgrade it to 8GB. Any 1066mhz 204pin modules should work, that is, any run-of-the-mill notebook memory.

The imac has 4 SO-DIMM slots and ships with 2x2gb modules fitted. So buying another 2x2gb modules to fill up the two remaining slots will give you 8gb total and run you up $140 ($around $70 each). A good, cheap upgrade.

The 4gb modules are far more expensive... a 4gb module is around $220 so if you wanted to upgrade to 12gb total by buying 2x4gb modules it would run you up $440. If you wanted 16gb you'd have to take the two existing 2gb modules out and buy 4x4gb modules which would run you up around $880.. far too expensive.

In terms of actually fitting the RAM, it's dead easy. Turn the unit face down, undo 3 screws at the base, slide the SO-DIMMs in and voila. Took me a total sum of 1.5 minutes.


21st May 2010, 07:58 AM
Go to:

Laptop | PC | Computer Memory Upgrades - RamCity (http://www.ramcity.com.au)


21st May 2010, 10:27 PM
A good, cheap upgrade.
Correction. A very very good cheap upgrade! ;)

21st May 2010, 10:29 PM
i Agree RamCity, I just did my i7 at 1/3 what apple charges

6th July 2010, 04:02 PM
Thanks for all your help - greatly appreciated!

21st July 2010, 12:33 PM
Just ordered my 2x2gb set from Ramcity for $217 Express post!!

21st July 2010, 12:37 PM
Yep - I ended up going through them as well. Was in Melbourne within 48 hours and an easy install.

I think I went a 4gb chip, so I've got another slot free if I decide to kick it up a notch later on!

21st July 2010, 12:52 PM
Just ordered my 2x2gb set from Ramcity for $217 Express post!!

Geez have the prices for memory gone up that high??? I remember in December last year the 4GB (2x2GB) from Ramcity was ~$140

21st July 2010, 11:20 PM
I guess cos the $ was sitting around 95c at that time, now its only 85c or so! Maybe thats the cause of the price hike?

22nd July 2010, 10:12 PM
I think Ramcity RAM is closer to that price, but Kingston RAM is much more.