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    IMAC RAM upgrade question.
    Hi. As you all know I just got a 2017 3.8 27" Imac and am wanted to buy some RAM upgrades for it as it comes standard with 8G I assume. While I would like to go all out with 64G I cant afford that right now so my question is how much is a good compromise? Will be doing some gaming, Graphic art and video editiong.
    Also do I add it in 8G increments or 16G increments depending on how much I add? It has 4 slots right, so I assume there is just one 8G RAM chip in it?
    Thx

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    IMAC RAM upgrade question.
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    Usually, iMac models come with 2 - 4GB ram chips. See here, https://everymac.com/systems/apple/i...017-specs.html.

    Get what you can afford, either 2 - 8GB or 2 - 16GB chips. Since there is only two slots open.

    Edit: Crucial and OWC are recommended here for ram upgrades.

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    IMAC RAM upgrade question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulwgraber View Post
    Hi. As you all know I just got a 2017 3.8 27" Imac and am wanted to buy some RAM upgrades for it as it comes standard with 8G I assume. While I would like to go all out with 64G I cant afford that right now so my question is how much is a good compromise? Will be doing some gaming, Graphic art and video editiong.
    Also do I add it in 8G increments or 16G increments depending on how much I add? It has 4 slots right, so I assume there is just one 8G RAM chip in it?
    Thx
    I think my first question would be...what makes you think 8gig of RAM will not be enough?

    As member Ferrarr mentioned...more than likely the RAM currently installed is 4gig x 2 = 8gig...leaving two free RAM slots for upgrading (without removing any RAM). Thus if you were to upgrade...I would purchase 2 x 4gig sticks of RAM (for a total of 16gig of RAM). Or...purchase 2 x 8gig sticks of RAM...for a total of 24gig of RAM.

    Or (if your budget will allow)...purchase 2 x 16gig of RAM...for a total of 40gig of RAM.

    But all of this RAM upgrading still depends on the question...do you REALLY need more than the 8gig of RAM currently installed.

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