How upgradeable are Macs?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Gary King, May 29, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    How upgradeable are Macs? Such as me being able to add my own components, and is it cheaper to do things myself? I hear that the Mac Mini is pretty tough to install new RAM?

    Also, for new hard drives, is it better to get an extra internal drive or a external firewire drive? Such as the Mac Mini?
     
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    iGary

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    You can upgrade just about any Mac you want, including the Mac Mini; it all depends on your technical and mechanical abilities as well as how well you work with small things.

    Most anyone can do a RAM install on a mini, if they follow the instructions and take their time. Other upgrades require increasing skill levels.
     
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    CanadaRAM

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    On the Mini, plan on an external firewire drive. Replacing the 2.5" internal drive is moderately difficult and relatively expensive because it uses a laptop drive.

    The RAM is about the only thing you want to be upgradeing inside the Mini.

    You will probably want to get a USB2.0 hub, as the Mini has only 2 USB ports.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
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    GFLPraxis

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    Except the graphics cards. The Mac Mini, iMac, and eMac do NOT have upgradeable graphics cards, only the PowerMac does.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    The powermac G3 and G4s have upgradable Processors, Ram, Video, PCI Expansion and overclocking capabilities... The powermac G5s I know the Processors are removable but I don't know about upgradable *-)...
     
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    dmw007

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    on the mini-

    -RAM is pretty easy to pop in. (open case, remove old dimm of ram, install new dimm, close case)
    -The hard drive and optical drive are a little harder but not impossible.
    -Just be very careful when you are upgrading your mini- if you break anything you will have to pay Apple to fix it. Applecare will not cover anything you break inside the mini while you are snooping around.
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    The most upgradable: PowerMac. - Upgrade almost everything
    The second most: eMac - The right skills can upgrade this thing from a bad computer with a CRT to a great computer with an LCD... if you know how
    The third most: iMac
    The hardest: All laptops, mac mini - Only RAM is the easy one, everything else gets tricky.

    THE BEST VALUE AND WHAT WONT NEED UPGRADING CURRENTLY: iMac G5
     

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