2009 24 iMac. Possible to upgrade CPU?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gdourado, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    gdourado

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    Hello,
    How are you?
    I am thinking of picking up a 24 iMac 9.1 early 2009 with the 2.66 e8135 CPU.

    Since the computer comes with the 640gb HDD, If I get the computer, I am thinking about upgrading it.
    I have experience with hardware and already saw the tutorials, so I am comfortable I can do it.

    What I would like to know us if I can find a 3.06 e8435 CPU, can I also swap the CPU?

    Thanks.
    Cheers.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    gdourado

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    Thank you for the reply.
    I was thinking about trying to get an e8435 3.06 ghz CPU which originally came with the most powerful 9.1 iMac.
    If I can get one, than it should be pretty straight forward, right?

    Also, is the screen on the 2009 model IPS?
    Is it still a good machine for iTunes library management, web browsing and some iWork

    Cheers
     
  4. Hexley, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

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    That could work. Have you considered Core 2 Extreme QX9300? It's a Penryn QC XE part to your current Penryn part. :)

    I have a base-end iMac7,1 with a 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo T7300. The top-end iMac7,1 uses a 2.80 GHz Core 2 Extreme X7900. As a drop in part the X7900 is reported to work with my iMac. Both are Merom.

    I would buy your e8435 on eBay. This is where I plan to buy my X7900 when my HDD breaks down.

    If budget permits add a SSD. It will breath new life to your Mac and worth to do seeming you are tearing apart your Mac.

    Check this out http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/...+replace+the+processor+from+2.4GHz+to+3.06GHz
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    gdourado

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    Is a 2009 24 iMac still a good machine?
    Is it better an iMac or a penryn MacBook Pro 17?

    Cheers
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    I have that same early 2009 iMac and it works perfectly. So to answer your question, yes, I think it's a good machine if you're on a tight budget. OS X is light enough to run very well on a machine that you'd normally think isn't very powerful.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    gdourado

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    Is the screen an IPS panel?
    Also, since I already have an iPhone and an iPad, is the iMac a better option than a MacBook?

    Cheers
     
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    gdourado

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    Is the sata port for the optical drive a sata II port?

    Cheers
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Did you ever end up upgrading the processor? If so to which one did you upgrade?
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    gdourado

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    No.
    Ended up getting a MacBook instead.
    Got a sweet deal!

    Cheers
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    Awesome!

    I've bought a new video card for my iMac and was contemplating upgrading the processor as well. Don't know if I'll see much of a jump between 2.93 and 3.06. The Video card GT 120 to HD4850 should be very nice though. Diablo 3 will be happy at least...
     

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