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Old Apr 21st, 2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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upgrade Imac?

Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the new 24" Imac from 2.4 to faster chip? Just curios, I find it plenty fast but later on I will end up maxing out the ram. Then what? I don't want to sell it just to buy another, so I ask - is it possible? Up until last fall I was straight pc, upgrading- troubleshooting- new builds , but was smitten when I bought the 20" Imac for my wife so the upgrade will not be done by an 'apple certified technician'. Thanks in advance.
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Old Apr 21st, 2008, 02:26 PM   #2
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You cannot upgrade any compents in the iMac, short of the hard drive and RAM. RAM is the only user-installable part.
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Old Apr 21st, 2008, 04:25 PM   #3
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You cannot upgrade any compents in the iMac, short of the hard drive and RAM. RAM is the only user-installable part.
yes you can, it's in a socket and not without voiding apple care.
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also the processors used are notebook processors and are very expensive compared to their desktop counter parts, the upcoming core 2 duo Quad will be $1200.00usd the current core 2 duo extreme Q9000 is about $900usd..
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yes you can, it's in a socket and not without voiding apple care.
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iMac_Disassembly

also the processors used are notebook processors and are very expensive compared to their desktop counter parts, the upcoming core 2 duo Quad will be $1200.00usd the current core 2 duo extreme Q9000 is about $900usd..
I believe they started soldering the processors in when they switched to C2D, these are instructions for Core Duo. Not only that the layout for the Aluminum iMacs are a lot different than the white ones, so these instructions might not get you too far.
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My 24 inch iMac has a socketed CPU and its a C2Duo. Anyway, it would be very difficult and not very cost effective.
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I believe they started soldering the processors in when they switched to C2D, these are instructions for Core Duo. Not only that the layout for the Aluminum iMacs are a lot different than the white ones, so these instructions might not get you too far.
In this shot it does look like it is soldered in (aluminum iMac), and notice the sticker void if removed




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yes you can, it's in a socket and not without voiding apple care.
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also the processors used are notebook processors and are very expensive compared to their desktop counter parts, the upcoming core 2 duo Quad will be $1200.00usd the current core 2 duo extreme Q9000 is about $900usd..
That's the white iMac. Just looked at the service manual, and it looks fairly soldered in.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 10:23 PM   #8
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I guess when the time comes it will be passed down or sold. Thanks to all who replied.
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Too bad, if a few more parts were customizable, the iMac might be a bigger seller...
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All of the aluminum-based iMacs sport socketed and removable processors. Of course, your warranty is voided if you do remove said processor.

As well, the video cards are swappable between all the models, meaning one could take a 256 MB card and replace the 128 MB card with it in the lower end iMac. Cost effective? Probably not, but an option nonetheless.
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