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Topic # 86195 3-Jul-2011 08:56
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How Would You (If You Can) Install A New Processer Into A iMac?
I Currently Have A 17-inch Early 2006 iMac With 1.5 GB DDR2 RAM And A 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo.
If You Can Would The Computer Take A Intel i7?

Thanks.




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  Reply # 488741 3-Jul-2011 09:27
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You definitely won't be able to put an i7 into a core duo machine - much the same as you can't put an i7 part into a Wintel core duo motherboard. They have different sockets and different chipsets.



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  Reply # 488745 3-Jul-2011 09:43
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Ok, Well At Least A Intel Core 2 Duo?




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  Reply # 488753 3-Jul-2011 10:29
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Looking at iFixits page CPU isn't an option. You'll likely find it's soldered directly to the mainboard:

http://www.ifixit.com/Device/iMac_Intel_17%22

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  Reply # 488886 3-Jul-2011 19:31
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Typical Mac upgrade path is buy new Mac... one of the downsides of the walled garden.

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  Reply # 488905 3-Jul-2011 20:19
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From what I can tell, your iMac has an Intel Core Duo T2400 CPU.

You'll need a new compatible mobile CPU. They're quite hard to buy, as not many people upgrade laptop CPU's.

The process to replace it is also quite challenging. There's a guide here: http://www.maclife.com/article/upgrade_your_imac_core_2_duo_processor

Basically, it's not worth it. You'll end up spending a lot of money on a new CPU, and then probably end up breaking your mac.



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  Reply # 489037 4-Jul-2011 09:16
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Ok, well thanks, but I'll just get a new computer...




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  Reply # 489441 4-Jul-2011 23:01
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sadly thats how it is with mac. and you will have to buy the best mac or else you will find yourself out of date soon again




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