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    Question Will this RAM work?
    Hi all

    I'm interested in installing a gig of RAM in my iMac, it's one of the intel based models. The dimm slots are on the bottom of the unit/monitor.

    The specifics it needs are the 200 pin DDR2 PC2-5300 cards. I'm looking at this particular item on new egg.com

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16888161006

    My question is: the item is sold as "apple notebook" RAM, and though it meets the requirments for my mac's memory, I was wondering if there was any difference and if it's somehow not compatible because RAM labled "mac desktop" runs about $150 for a gig, whereas this laptop ram is $55. This price difference raises my eyebrow.

    Thanks for any help.

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    You said you're interested in installing a gig of RAM. So I'm assuming you just want to add 512MB to complement your already existing 512MB stick?

    If that's the case, then even the $55 is high. Check out some of these prices (and they will all work with your iMac):

    PNY 512MB

    Kingston 512MB

    Transcend JetRam 512MB

    If you're willing to spend a bit more, you can bump yourself up to 2GB:

    G.SKILL 2GB

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    No actually I have one gig stick already installed, I want to compliment that w/ one more gig stick.

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    bump

    yeah it's not two 512's it's one gig stick.

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    I would check out www.crucial.com the prices have been dropping lately.

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    If it's a 1GB stick, then why did you link to a 512MB stick?

    I know, it was probably a mistake. I'm just yanking yer tail

    Newegg has some amazing prices for 1GB sticks as well. Here's an amazing little stick that will do just what you're looking for, and at a great price too

    G.SKILL 1GB

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    Wait what woah!! <wipes sweat from forehead> $40???
    so wait, to recap before I buy up this bad boy:

    that link you sent is notebook ram, I have a desktop 24" iMac core 2 duo intel macintosh. You can view it here:

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...e/desktop/imac

    My mac takes DDR2 SDRAM, the stick that's in it is 667 MHZ.
    Apple.com lists the ram requirements as : * PC2-5300
    * unbuffered
    * nonparity
    * 200-pin
    * 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    ok, so, I'm not questioning you, it's just that I have a bad bad habit of buying incompatible parts. Beyond a shadow of a doubt that linked stick of ram will work with my mac? Cuz if so, I am snapping it up in a heartbeat, thanks by the way for finding it.

    And if there's no diff b/w the $150 sticks of 1 gig ram labeled "macintosh desktop ram" and those labeled "macintosh notebook ram", then why are they labeled differently and why is there such a HUGE price difference?

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    because of the iMac's compact (& sexy) design they use notebook-class memory.

    I have just checked crucial for you who aren't that much dearer: Crucial Memory for iMac

    Cheers

    Chris

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    Thanks alot Chris. I went ahead and bought the newegg.com ram that Kash linked me to. It was a few lower $ than crucial.com and had free shipping.

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    MrChris beat me to it. Yes Bob, the memory I linked to will work perfectly in your iMac because as MrChris said, the iMacs use notebook parts to have such a small form factor.

    Nothing beats getting a great deal, eh?

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    Thanks guys, went ahead and ordered the ram.

    I appreciate the help alot and hope I wasn't too much trouble.

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