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#154654 3-Nov-2014 17:32
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Looking for a good online store to buy RAM for the new Retina iMac.

Any shops I should avoid? Any memory brands that are better than others?




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  #1167840 3-Nov-2014 18:13
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https://www.macsales.com/  Reputable, good source of information. I bought a couple of SSDs from them, one failed, they replaced no hassle.

 
 
 

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  #1167885 3-Nov-2014 18:46
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Are you soldering it yourself?

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  #1167886 3-Nov-2014 18:47
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Well any computer store really. I got RAM for my iMac from pp.co.nz

Apple website specifics what type of RAM is suitable for each model.



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  #1167888 3-Nov-2014 18:47
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timmmay: https://www.macsales.com/  Reputable, good source of information. I bought a couple of SSDs from them, one failed, they replaced no hassle.


Thanks. OWC looks like a good option. But went with buying from Kingston via Amazon. Saved me $100 USD on the whole kit.




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  #1167912 3-Nov-2014 19:01
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rendezvous: Well any computer store really. I got RAM for my iMac from pp.co.nz

Apple website specifics what type of RAM is suitable for each model.


Both OWC and Kingston had good tools for finding the right RAM-modules. 

The local Apple pusher wanted 199 dollars per module, so would have saved $160 compared to what Apple is asking for.

Kingston ended up costing $400 NZD via Amazon, so a nice saving of $560 compared to Apples price.




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  #1167941 3-Nov-2014 19:22
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joker97: Are you soldering it yourself?


I suspect that you are confusing the Mac mini with the iMac.

The 27" iMac (with 5K Retina Display) has user replaceable RAM

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  #1167946 3-Nov-2014 19:26
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maslink:
joker97: Are you soldering it yourself?


I suspect that you are confusing the Mac mini with the iMac.

The 27" iMac (with 5K Retina Display) has user replaceable RAM


i am now educated. never knew that!



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  #1167947 3-Nov-2014 19:28
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Oh yeah, never buy it from Apple!

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  #1167950 3-Nov-2014 19:31
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How much RAM is that for?

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  #1167952 3-Nov-2014 19:33
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timmmay: How much RAM is that for?


32 GB. Can never have enough RAM ;)




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  #1167953 3-Nov-2014 19:35
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That's a pretty good price, cheaper than PC RAM here. I have 16GB, is heaps for what I do, light development and photo processing. More is good for the disk cache, but my working set of images generally fits into RAM anyway :)

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  #1168503 4-Nov-2014 14:11
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Kingston usually sell ram specs for Apple machines which is usually well priced. Although their standard ram also works fine. 


Which model iMac did you purchase? From what I understand its only the entry level iMac which has soldered ram i.e. the 1.4Ghz iMac. All other models the ram is upgradable but not typically by the user. I'd check with Apple as pulling the machine apart to upgrade the memory may void your warranty.

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  #1168526 4-Nov-2014 14:37
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BTR: Kingston usually sell ram specs for Apple machines which is usually well priced. Although their standard ram also works fine. 


Which model iMac did you purchase? From what I understand its only the entry level iMac which has soldered ram i.e. the 1.4Ghz iMac. All other models the ram is upgradable but not typically by the user. I'd check with Apple as pulling the machine apart to upgrade the memory may void your warranty.


Its the new iMac Retina 5K, and it has a RAM-bay on the back. No trickery involved to get to it or change it, so won't be a problem with the warranty.




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I get all my RAM, Mac and otherwise from Upgradeable. They have a guarantee that their RAM will work in your machine - just browse to your model of Mac in their list and it'll tell you what RAM will fit. I've always had excellent service from them.




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  #1181811 23-Nov-2014 23:08
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I have a 27" iMac that's a year old now. I ordered it with the minimum and then concurrently ordered 32Gb from OWC (who are one of the best Mac suppliers I know for all things Mac.  I have a couple of their Mercury Pro Elite drives - very good.)

With a 3.4 i7, a 3Gb Fusion drive and 32Gb of RAM it is pretty snappy.

My Macbook Air just reached 3 years so that's up for sale and a new 13" Macbook Pro is en route. Those DO have soldered RAM so specced 16Gb from Apple which I normally would not do, but I am not assaulting it with pentalobe screwdrivers and a soldering iron!!





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