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    iMac RAM upgrade.
    Hi all,

    I have an iMac of 2009 model, with 2.6 Core2 Duo. Currently it runs on 1 + 1 = 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM.

    I am graphic designer by profession. And recently i have started working on some sound & video apps. And somehow i feel the whole system going down a bit. Probably need to upgrade RAM ?

    I stay in a little town & my local support guys are quite stupid & they dont really know much themselves. So asking you, which are the compatible RAMs for Apple iMacs ? Also, any idea how can i figure out how much max. memory my can system can upgrade ? At the moment i cant really afford a New Mac for work. But sure i can think to take this to 4,6 or 8GB if this supports & if you guys think that it makes sense ?

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    Welcome to Mac-Forums nitingarg
    Your iMac can support up to 8GB RAM (2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM)
    So that's 2x4GB 204-pin PC3-8500 at 1066 MHz DDR3 SO-DIMM

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    Welcome to Mac-Forums nitingarg
    Your iMac can support up to 8GB RAM (2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM)
    So that's 2x4GB 204-pin PC3-8500 at 1066 MHz DDR3 SO-DIMM

    Hope this helps

    - Simon
    Thanks for this ! And what are the major brands which make RAM apple compatible ? As i am going to order them & install myself.

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    @Ramimac1 : Thanks much ! I was searching on net too by the time. And figured, OWC is one of the largest vendor for this. Updating soon now ! Thnx !

    Assuming it would make a noticeable difference while working with graphic & media apps.

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    It will certainly make a difference for those tasks. Along with OWC, Crucial is also a good vendor!

    HTH,
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    +1 for Crucial. They have a little download that will analyse your system and tell you what memory is compatible.
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    I put Crucial RAm in my iMac and it works grrrrrrrreat!
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    Crucial ram upgrade was my first addition when we bought our MBP last month. Crucial was great to deal with and also the cheapest price. +1 for crucial.
    Bill
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