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512mb 7 36.84%
2 x 512mb 7 36.84%
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MacDude15
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Old 2005-02-05, 22:26

I just recently bought an iMac G5. As it comes with a pathetic 256mb of RAM, i am going to upgrade. I will buy at least a 512 chip, considering buying 2 x 512, and also considering buying a 1gb chip. I am on a budget but do not want to limit my computer's capabilities. Any thoughts on this?

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Old 2005-02-05, 22:58

buy a 512 dimm... which will add up with your current 256. Then down the road, rip out the 256 and place in a gig dimm...
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Old 2005-02-05, 23:43

Getting a single 512 to add to your 256 would be perfect. 2x512 is a waste of money, since it costs twice as much but only gives you 25% more RAM. You may consider getting a 1 GB DIMM, but 256+512 MB is enough for almost everything. Later on, if you need more, you can then replace the 256 MB with a 1 GB and double your RAM.
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Old 2005-02-05, 23:52

look for a cheap 256 stick from a Mm owner that is upgrading...

Then when prices on 1GB dimms drop, buy a pair.

This way you have paired ram for the iMac and the Ram Bus will run at double the bitrate... (that is what I am doing anyway)

also, you can sell the 256 pair to a G5 owner for the price of the original 256 upgrade (or more, who knows) so you won't really lose anything. (assuming you can find a buyer)

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Old 2005-02-06, 05:03

when will you learn to properly write Apple`s product names?

it`s iMac, not Imac, IMac or IMAC.

sheesh

*yes, i am being anal
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Old 2005-02-06, 05:22

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*yes, i am being anal

What gets to me is people who type MAC. When I see that, I immediately think, "Hey, they're talking about the MAC address of a piece of kit... oh wait, no, they mean "Mac" as in "Macintosh".

yeah, I'm a geek.

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Old 2005-02-06, 14:59

I always think 1Gb gives good peace of mind and 512Mb is on the low side - so 768Mb as a min and 1Gb if you are happy with the cash outlay.
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Old 2005-02-06, 16:31

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when will you learn to properly write Apple`s product names?

it`s iMac, not Imac, IMac or IMAC.

sheesh

*yes, i am being anal
Not as bad as I-MAC or what ever. That really bothers me...
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Old 2005-02-06, 21:58

A related question: how easy is it to install RAM do-it-yourself on the G5 iMac? I bought my G3 iMac with the bare-bones RAM a few years ago, but bought an additional stick and installed it easily myself, as a neophyte.

I am more than willing to do this again, but I wonder if the new iMac is as easy to get into. No doubt this was covered around here shortly after the iMac G5 came out, but I can't recall the answer, and now I am about to take the plunge and finally get a new computer....

On another note, this site recommends that you go for matched pairs of RAM for the iMac G5. Any comments from the experts around here?


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Apple says if you install a matched pair of DDR DIMMs in the two sockets, then the memory will be accessed on a 128 bit wide path, instead of the normal 64-bit path. That's great - except they do not define what "matched pair" means. It is not sufficient to simply install two PC3200 DIMMs of the same size - the two DIMMs need to match each other at the chip level, so that the machine sees them as being identially arranged electronically.

First step: Don't order extra RAM from Apple

The easiest way to do this is to buy the iMac with the minimum 256 Mb RAM then order a pair of 512 Mb DIMMs or a pair of 1 Gb DIMMs from us, and we'll guarantee they match.

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Old 2005-02-06, 22:07

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A related question: how easy is it to install RAM do-it-yourself on the G5 iMac?
It's right there with big, pretty diagrams in the users manual.

www.apple.com -> Support -> iMac G5 -> iMac G5 Manual

See page 41 through 45. Remove three screws, lift off the back, insert memory, replace the back, and replace the screws.

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