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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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RAM on iMac?

I'm planning to buy an iMac (20inch, $1599) but I want more RAM. They sell the 1GB of RAM for $165, which is kinda expensive (from Apple). So, I want to buy the ram seperately. I know there are only 2 slots for the RAM so I was planning to buy 1 stick and install it myself. I've looked at some online sites like Tiger Direct and Canada Computers. Their RAM section is divided into 2 categories. I clicked on desktop. Then it said Apple memory and some other choices.

So my questions are:
**1-Which type of RAM memory do I need for the iMac 20"? The Apple memory or any desktop memory?.
2-Is there a RAM that comes in 1 stick and is 3GB?
3-The maximum the iMac can support 4GB, right (with 2 slots)?

This is kinda off topic but what company for wireless routers is the best in performance (and not too expensive --->ex. Time Capsule)?
-Apple
-D-Link
-Belkin

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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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I personally like Kingston, I have the 2GB with Apple's 1GB. Yes, you can put up to 4GB.

As for Wireless Routers, the best value I think is D-Link. I have Apple's 802.11n Extreme, it's a bit more but I think it's worth it.
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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 11:52 AM   #3
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I believe the RAM you will receive will be 2 1GB sticks, therefore if you wanted the full 4GB you would have to buy 2 separate 2GB sticks.

Also, in terms of wireless routers, I have had far more success with Linksys as opposed to D-Link.
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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #4
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So my questions are:
**1-Which type of RAM memory do I need for the iMac 20"? The Apple memory or any desktop memory?.
2-Is there a RAM that comes in 1 stick and is 3GB?
3-The maximum the iMac can support 4GB, right (with 2 slots)?
I have the alum' 20" iMac. For RAM, I just strolled down to my local computer shop (regular PC shop and not Apple authorized dealer) and grabbed the Kingston notebook memory. They've been working well for me.

Last checked, here are the prices:

$29.90 - Kingston 1GB PC5300 667Mhz DDR2 SODIMM - Notebook
$59.90 - Kingston 2GB PC5300 667Mhz DDR2 SODIMM - Notebook

Keep in mind that the new iMac takes "notebook" RAM and not the one for desktop.


As for the wireless router, I still have the Linksys WRT54G that has been working well for me also.
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Personally i loaded my Mac Mini with 3 GB. One slot 1GB and the other 2GB. And to complicate matters I used every day memory ...didn't even choose Apple spacific, just everyday RAM...and it works 100% . As a matter of fact I didthe same with my macbook...
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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #6
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I don't think I got a really good answer for routers but I didn't expect to. lol

Anyways, just to make sure, you can buy any desktop RAM memory for the iMac. And to my understanding, for RAM, Kingston is pretty good but not the cheapest. And I know that the iMac can support up to 2 sticks in it because it only has 2 slots. And the maximum RAM that it can support is 4GB.

Because I don't want to buy the RAM from Apple, I want 4GB of RAM. Has anyone ever seen a 3GB stick thats is only 1 stick, not 2. Please provide link if possible. The other option would be to remove the pre-installed 1GB (from Apple) and install 2 2GB memory sticks. If I did that, would that 1GB memory be able to work on my DELL (kinda old model)?

Questions:
1-Has anyone ever seen a 3GB stick that is only 1 stick, not 2?
2-If I remove the pre-installed 1GB stick from the iMac, and install 2 2GB sticks, can I install that 1GB stick on a DELL?

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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #7
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Anyways, just to make sure, you can buy any desktop RAM memory for the iMac. And to my understanding, for RAM, Kingston is pretty good but not the cheapest. And I know that the iMac can support up to 2 sticks in it because it only has 2 slots. And the maximum RAM that it can support is 4GB.
Not to be nitpicky... but when you mentioned "you can buy any desktop RAM memory for the iMac"; please remember that the new iMac may be designed as a desktop but it will only take laptop/notebook typed memory. However, if you meant to say any brand of notebook RAM as opposed to Apple specific brand then you are correct. Your mileage will vary.

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Questions:
1-Has anyone ever seen a 3GB stick that is only 1 stick, not 2?
2-If I remove the pre-installed 1GB stick from the iMac, and install 2 2GB sticks, can I install that 1GB stick on a DELL?

Thanks alot, FlaminWIZ
1. No, I have not run across a 3GB stick of RAM. There must be one floating around out there somewhere.
2. It will depend on your DELL. If it's a notebook and it accepts the same RAM specs as the iMac then yes, you can use it there.
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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 12:38 PM   #9
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I thought you need desktop memory for the iMac, not laptop/notebook RAM.
HOLY F***!

Sorry about the 'swearing'.

So the preinstalled RAM that comes with it is notebook/laptop RAM?
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Old Feb 18th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #10
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So the preinstalled RAM that comes with it is notebook/laptop RAM?
That's correct.
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