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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
    A really simple job it was too!

    The machine is now faster to start up, and seems more responsive. If anyone has any questions then shoot!

    One thing I noticed however, is that tech tool deluxe (came with apple protection plan cd), now will not load up :-( This may be due to the fact it doesn't work on Leopard however, and not so much the RAM. Not that anyone is worried about that anyway

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    There is a Tech Tool Deluxe update available from the website to work with leopard.

    Costs US$25.00 however.........

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    There is a Tech Tool Deluxe update available from the website to work with leopard.

    Costs US$25.00 however.........
    Thanks for the info! Least I know the issue is with the OS now

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)

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    To the original posyer. Ok I will ask you a question. Have you ever had 2 GB of ram in your imac? And if so how did it handle (app wise and responsiveness) when compared to the 4 GB? In your opinion this is.

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    I can answer that. My stock iMac 24 had 1x1gb to start and functioned well until I started doing more and having more programs opened. I added a 512 from my other 24" and found relief from some speed symptoms but still noticed the beach ball when trying to exit and start programs. Never an issue but if you can remember that feel of speed on a fresh machine then it never gets back to that level as you load it up with stuff.

    So I added 1x2gb for a total of 3gb and found most of the speed issues disappear as there is more than enough now it seems. I have increased my slice of RAM in Parallels and it now runs XP better with more RAM available.

    Without a doubt the $100 for the 2gb is a worthwhile investment.

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    I immediately went to 4GB as well, as I do a lot of heavy-duty image processing, and like to multi-task while I wait for the images to get processed.

    So now what do I do with my spare 1GB of factory RAM?

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    Quote Originally Posted by the8thark View Post
    To the original posyer. Ok I will ask you a question. Have you ever had 2 GB of ram in your imac? And if so how did it handle (app wise and responsiveness) when compared to the 4 GB? In your opinion this is.
    Yes, it came with 2GB, and I kept it that way for about 4-5 months, only recently upgrading to 4GB. It handled normal stuff no problem at all, working quite fast will all manner of applications and functions.

    It was really CS3, and Photoshop in particular that caused me to upgrade. With 2GB my machine had ZERO RAM left during some heavy work. This problem has now been fixed, and I have a nice bit of headroom.

    The system now feels much more responsive, and it boots up quicker. Naturally apps have speeded up, and you can have more open at the same time etc.

    Sooo.. 2GB --> 4GB = Noticeable Difference (For Me)

    If you dont use RAM intensive programs then an upgrade may not be worth it. Its useful to keep an eye on system resources to see how much RAM you are using.

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EORI View Post
    So now what do I do with my spare 1GB of factory RAM?
    Put it inside the anti-static bags that the new RAM came in, and then into the other packaging the new RAM came in, then store it away in the loft or wherever you store things -- just incase you ever need it!

    Obviously you can sell it on too. I prefer to keep it however.

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    where did you buy it from and how much? any tips when i do it.

    Thanks

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    slinki, one thing that worries me about this is that more RAM = more heat inside the case. Do you notice that the fans are running faster/harder? Do you notice any increase in the level of noise from the machine as a result?

    Oh, and ditto to the question about where you bought your RAM. I would be interested in knowing too. Thanks.
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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    It's great isn't it! I love my maxed out iMac.
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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BakerRider View Post
    where did you buy it from and how much? any tips when i do it.

    Thanks
    101.00 GBP exactly! I ordered from Crucial's website, crucial.com. As far as tips go, make sure and put down a towel or some other soft cloth, before you set your mac down, as it needs to lay face down and you dont want to scratch your screen. Also, the little tabs that you pull out to release the memory may be quite tough so dont be afraid to use a little force.

    Quote Originally Posted by mac57 View Post
    slinki, one thing that worries me about this is that more RAM = more heat inside the case. Do you notice that the fans are running faster/harder? Do you notice any increase in the level of noise from the machine as a result?

    Oh, and ditto to the question about where you bought your RAM. I would be interested in knowing too. Thanks.
    Absolutely nothing of that nature. I monitor all the temperature sensors on my mac, and I have never once seen anything read over 60 degrees C...ever!

    Crucial for memory, great website

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montie Da Champ View Post
    It's great isn't it! I love my maxed out iMac.
    Yes, its quite a good machine.

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    JUST maxed out my iMac with RAM (4GB)

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    You should also check out Buy.com as they have been having some good deals on RAM. I got 4gb for my iMac for about $80 after rebates.

    Sean

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    Chaunce... Thanks for that tip. Ordered mine a few minutes ago, my final cost for two 2-GB sticks will be $70 as I used Google checkout for another $10 savings.
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