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    Buying iMac - upgrade options

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    Buying iMac - upgrade options
    Hi all,

    I posted this in with some other questions elswhere but I think it fits into this section better, so trying again.

    I'm just about to buy an iMac (my first mac!!) and it gives you options to upgrade the processor or the memory. I can't afford both, so am wondering which would suit me best?

    I just need something that runs smoothly and doesn't get clogged up. I tend to have a lot of applications open at the same time and also work in high resolution in Photoshop.

    Which would you guys recommend upgrading to???

    My other thought is that maybe it's only worth doing one if you can do both??? I really wouldn't know!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletop View Post
    I just need something that runs smoothly and doesn't get clogged up. I tend to have a lot of applications open at the same time and also work in high resolution in Photoshop.
    In this case, more ram is the way to go.

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    Once you order the machine the processor can not be upgraded whereas you can upgrade memory any time you desire. Memory upgrades are user doable and it's certainly less expensive to purchase memory from a third party supplier than Apple.

    If you need the faster processor, order it. Later on when you have some extra $$ in your wallet, buy additional memory and install it yourself.

    Regards.

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    Agreed however, two things should be considered ...

    1st - What are the two choices ?
    The difference between a 2.26 and 2.53 is not worth mentioning on the MacBook Pro. The iMac is 3.06 and a 2.66GHz Intel Core i5, now there is a difference here.

    2nd - The whole mac experience from what I have seen has been, we will do it all for you, we will take care of you ... I don't believe many of these people will be motivated to undertake a memory upgrade.

    However ... what do I know

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    Hey thanks for the replies.

    The options are:

    Processor:
    3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo [+ £160.00]

    Memory:
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB or 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x2GB [+ £160.00]

    My inclination is to go with the memory, I think I'm unlikely to upgrade later on (very good point though chscag, very valid and worth knowing!!!! So thanks!!!)

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    Yep, go with memory. Apple charges ridiculous amounts for their RAM anyway. I recently upgraded my RAM and I bought it from a third party source. I bought it off Amazon, and it is half the price that Apple charges, and works beautifully.

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    So if I bought it without the extra memory and upgraded myself with an Amazon purchase, would I affect the warranty?

    How would I know which product to buy? and

    Is it easy to install?

    Sorry if they are stupid questions, I wouldn't know!!!

    I've just checked out Amazon and can see something that looks right for about £72. So why pay £160 from Apple!!!!!

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletop View Post
    So if I bought it without the extra memory and upgraded myself with an Amazon purchase, would I affect the warranty?

    How would I know which product to buy? and

    Is it easy to install?

    Sorry if they are stupid questions, I wouldn't know!!!

    I've just checked out Amazon and can see something that looks right for about 72. So why pay 160 from Apple!!!!!

    Thanks.
    To be honest, I have no idea if it will affect the warranty. That one should be answered by somebody else who knows better than myself.

    Well, what I did with mine was that I visited RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, flash cards, SSD at Crucial.com, and it is a website that sells RAM, and the website provides a step by step guide for you to know exactly what RAM you need, how many slots your Mac has, and what is the maximum amount of RAM you can install in your particular model. If you are still unsure, the website also provides a free scanner for you to download, so that you'd know exactly what model your Mac is.

    RAM is very simple to install on a Mac. If you look underneath your Mac, you will see a single screw holding a plate to the bottom of the Mac. That is where the slots are, and all you have to do is to unscrew that, pull out the RAM via some attached ribbons, then push the new ones in with some force. If you need help, you can always go to YouTube and there are literally a dozen step by step video guides that'd tell you how to replace RAMs. I followed a few videos on YouTube when I changed the RAM on my Macbook a few weeks ago, and I intend to do the same with my iMac soon.

    Just take note of the model of your Mac, and know what your Mac can support. You don't want to buy the wrong RAM for your iMac. It will screw up everything if you are not careful.

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    Great thanks for your help PsYkOoOoO. I will try and find out about the warranty and if it's ok to do that then that's what I'll do!!

    Cheers, you possibly just saved me nearly £100!!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletop View Post
    Great thanks for your help PsYkOoOoO. I will try and find out about the warranty and if it's ok to do that then that's what I'll do!!

    Cheers, you possibly just saved me nearly 100!!! :-)
    Buy me beer when I visit England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsYkOoOoO View Post
    Buy me beer when I visit England.
    Let me know when you're coming!!!!

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    If your going to do this yourself, make sure you seat the ram properly.
    Very important ...

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    Cool, thanks for the tip yamawho. I'll remember that!!

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