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iMac - brand of memory matter?


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I searched but could not find an answer to my specific question. My wife bought me a 24" core2duo iMac with a 2.33 processor, upgraded video card, and 1 gig memory. She did not increase the memory because that could be done later by me. What a Christmas present!!! My wife is a doll on her bad days. :-)

Sorry, I always lose focus talking about my wife.

Back to my question...Does it matter what brand of memory I get? I would not lowball it, but would probably for with Mushkin (always my fav on m PCs), or Crucial (2nd fav on my PCs). Are there any suggestions on the best performing/most compatible brand?

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You need PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM. Install another 1GB, equal pairs gives you a performance boost. I would't suggest buying from PC vendors. The factory brand that's installed now is Samsung.
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SpindleX,

Great, I wanted to keep it the same brand as OEM but did not know what was used! Intel iMacs use laptop memory...correct?

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Most people will recommend www.crucial.com (with good reason) for your RAM needs. Also consider www.macsales.com
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Thanks Mattlike! Does that mean you are like matt or that you do like Matt?

I noticed the Macsales.com has OWC brand (new to me) for $100 cheaper than Crucial. Will it going to be as good?

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Thanks Mattlike! Does that mean you are like matt or that you do like Matt?

I noticed the Macsales.com has OWC brand (new to me) for $100 cheaper than Crucial. Will it going to be as good?

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Why did you choose your username? explains my sceen name in this thread Why did you choose your username?

I have OWC RAM in my MacBook Pro and have had no problems at all.
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SpindleX,

Great, I wanted to keep it the same brand as OEM but did not know what was used! Intel iMacs use laptop memory...correct?

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Correct, the Intel iMacs, Macbook, MacBook Pro and Mini use the 200pin PC2-5300 RAM.
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As long as it says it's specifically for iMacs, it'll be fine regardless of brand.
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I used "transcend" branded 1G modules in my macbook after reading a favorable review online. No issues whatsoever, worked great and was less expensive than the Crucial modules.

I've also used Kensington without issue.
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