Need advise for RAM upgrade for iMAC 5k

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  1. Koto

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    Hi! I just joined Philmug today and trying to make myself familiar on the forums. If there's a similar thread about this matter, i hope someone can link the thread. Thanks!

    I recently ordered a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display with the following configuration:
    • 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
    • 8GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM - two 4GB
    • 512GB Flash Storage
    • AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB video memory
    • Magic Mouse 2
    • Magic Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide (English)
    • Accessory Kit
    It cost me ₱ 153,990.00 on Apple Store online.

    This will be my first iMac since i am a long time macbookpro user and never upgraded the memory of my 2 previous units. I have learned that it will save me a lot of money if i do my own ram upgrade. I found this product > http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/1867DDR3S32S/ online thru blogs and youtube tutorials. I am upgrading from 8gb to 32 gb of ram. The total price of this OWC 32gb is 199usd and i have no idea if there is any extra or hidden fees for taxes , customs etc.

    Is there any better and cheaper brand that i can purchase and also available in Metromanila? Is OWC a good choice?
     
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    OWC seems ok. They've been in the Mac upgrade business for a long time, plus the lifetime warranty is an attractive option.

    Check out the AHTN Tariff Code for computer parts. According to the table, computers and computer parts are levied a tariff of 0%. You will definitely be charged the required P100 postal fee, and possibly the tax for shipping charges. Not much actually.
     
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    ...or, you could take the El Cheapo route and shop around the computer stores in Gilmore.

    Just take note of the chip model number of the RAM you want to be sure you get the right kind and shop around for the best price. You can find really inexpensive chips there for just a fraction of what the RAM costs at bigger stores or abroad, and you don't have to pay any custom or shipping fees, in exchange for a little legwork. You can easily upgrade your iMac to 32GB. Just make sure you have a warranty in case you get saddled with lemons.

    I did that to upgrade my 27" iMac from 4GB to 16GB three years ago, and I haven't looked back. Pretty happy with my savings too.
     
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    I ordered a 32GB kit from Louie last November 2015 for our iMac 5k. It's around 10,450 with VAT. Brand is GSkill 1866 DDR3L.

    He owns Ayos Computer. Call or text 09178098784.

     
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    Thanks for suggestions! I just ordered [32.0GB (4x 8GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1867MHz SO-DIMM 204 Pin CL11 Memory Upgrade Kit for 2015 (Late) iMac 27" w/ Retina 5K models and PCs which utilize PC3-14900 SO-DIMM. OWC Lifetime Advance Replacement Limited Warranty.] on their website today. I tried the tax calculator at the custom's website and i got Php 1,812.53 on my Php 10,442.40 purchase. I am not very sure if that is the correct tax/amount that i have to pay and also don't know how to settle it. I am wondering DHL will ask for the tax payment on delivery..bahala na si batman ;) I am expecting the OWC on the 13th of May and the imac on the 19th. I can't wait. Thanks again for all the replies.
     
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    Yup, DHL will advise you when the items arrive. You'll be told to be ready with whatever amount is levied on your shipment. You can pay to DHL at the time of delivery.
     
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    G.Skill is a good brand and based on my experience using this brand of RAM for my Macs, never had problems with them for the past 7 years.

    I ordered a couple of 16GB kits from Louie - for 8K. - he gave me a discount since I ordered 2 kits - a single kit is Php 4,250.
     
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    Hi Sir Cybersniper,

    Will there be a performance difference between the G.Skill 1866 compared to the original RAM with 1867?

    Hi Koto,

    Would it be possible to sell your old 2x4GB RAM to me if you are not using it anymore? :) I got the same specs as yours so I'm planning to add another 8GB to make it 16GB if possible.

    Thanks
     
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    No one made RAMs with speeds of 1867Mhz. 1866Mhz is the standard (that includes the stock RAM sticks). It's just the system that reads it 1867Mhz (it rounds it off). - mine does the same.
     
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    I have a question, will this work on iMac 5k 2014? Top ram is my current ram. bottom rams are the models Im planning to buy. thanks

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    ^It seems that although they have the same clock speeds, they've got different timings, different chips, different brands. So I couldn't tell. If I were you bro, I'd invest in a brand new kit with the same specs as your stock RAMs.
     

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