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Is this upgrade of ram worth it?


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Hello,
I have a Imac i5 27" the first one to come out and i was thinking of upgrading the ram from 4gb to 12gb in the following format 2gb x2 (pair) 4gb x2 (pair).
I use my mac for quite intensive large designs in photoshop and final cut etc. Will this ram upgrade which is about 76.00 make a large noticeable difference?
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let me tell you first hand, the RAM upgrade make a huge difference, i have the exact setup you do, and the factory amount wasn't cutting it for multitasking.

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I upgraded my mini to 8 gigs, and even during normal use (surfing, mail, music, etc.) it often uses over 5 gigs. This means easier switching from one app to another. If you have large photos or videos open, it is going to make a huge difference.
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Totally agree..I have the i7 iMac which had the stock 4GB and when I ran a VM, OS X would stumble quite a bit. I ended up upgrading to 12GB and now have 4GB assigned to the VM and OS X doesn't miss a beat any more..

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This is how much of a newbie i am to apple.

I didnt think you could extend the ram haha!

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Thanks people for all the info, i've ordered 8gb of ram from crucial look forward to installing it

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This is how much of a newbie i am to apple.

I didnt think you could extend the ram haha!
The iMac's have 4 DDR slots that support 4 GB maximum in each slot, so you can have up to 16GB of memory in total. Since the stock configuration is to have 2 GB x 2, adding 4 GB x 2 into the empty slots makes the most sense and if you DO have use for 2GBx2 then, upgrading those slots to 4GBx2 makes sense..

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Thanks people for all the info, i've ordered 8gb of ram from crucial look forward to installing it
Those are the same ones I got about a month ago..took about 5 mins from powering down, removing the cover on the slot at the bottom of the iMac, inserting the 2 memory chips, putting the cover back on, powering up and enjoying 12GB..

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The iMac's have 4 DDR slots that support 4 GB maximum in each slot, so you can have up to 16GB of memory in total. Since the stock configuration is to have 2 GB x 2, adding 4 GB x 2 into the empty slots makes the most sense and if you DO have use for 2GBx2 then, upgrading those slots to 4GBx2 makes sense..

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So i have 2 empty slots ?

Hey you have just convinced me to upgrade lol

so atm its stock being 2 x 2gb ?

Can i put 2 x 4gb in the empty slots or do they have to match up the exisiting ram and upgrade all to 4gb bits?

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So i have 2 empty slots ?

Hey you have just convinced me to upgrade lol

so atm its stock being 2 x 2gb ?

Can i put 2 x 4gb in the empty slots or do they have to match up the exisiting ram and upgrade all to 4gb bits?

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they dont have to match up any suitable 2x4gb set will do
try and do it in pairs if possible

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Legend. A present our lass is going to buy me :p

She doesnt know it yet!! haha

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Memory upgrades from Crucial.com - Determine My Memory Needs

There you go link to where t get the awesomeness
That link should assess your comp for the iMac and give you the ram set ups

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This is how much of a newbie i am to apple.

I didnt think you could extend the ram haha!
you cant upgrade RAM on Macbook Airs. So you are kind of right.

(All other models you can)

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