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Hi, I'm looking at buying a new Mac, iMac specifically. I was wondering if I should get the iMac 21.5" with 4GB of RAM, or build to order 8GB 21.5". I currently have a Mac Mini with 4GB of RAM with a Core 2 Duo 2.53GHZ. It runs a little more slowly with Lion and has a lot of trouble with iPhoto and Garageband. I would use it for photo editing, full screen apps, email, web browsing, GarageBand with multiple tracks and extended desktop. Which iMac would be best for me?

asked Sep 14 '11 at 04:38

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The more memory the better, but I would order the 4GB model and buy extra ram online and install it yourself. The iMac's are ridiculous to upgrade on your own. The iMac has 4 slots and the 4GB model has two of them filled with 2GB sticks. That means you have 2 open slots. Personally, I'd go to www.newegg.com and buy 2 4GB sticks and install them yourself. That would give you a total of 12GB and for less than Apple would have charged you for the 8GB model.

answered Sep 14 '11 at 05:02

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Thanks. I'll do that.

(Sep 14 '11 at 05:24) Matthew567 Matthew567's gravatar image

Xcalybyr hit the nail on the head :-)

(Sep 14 '11 at 16:27) Lee Wood Lee%20Wood's gravatar image
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