upgrading iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vhtran, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the one of those new iMac (used to be a PC user) and would like to upgrade something with my iMac. Its the 20" 2.4ghz 320gb 2gb and ATi graphic card. Beside the memories and hdd are upgradable, is there any other like the video to Nvidia? Not so sure about the iMac. Thanks for the help.
     
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    MasterNile

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    Only the RAM is user upgradable, the HDD can be upgraded but voids the warranty and I don't believe you can upgrade the video card (maybe you can but it would be a more complicated process than upgrading the hard drive which seems fairly complicated already)
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick response. I just wanna make sure it is doable before i open it. If it is, then will be an easy thing for me since that I have been a computer tech for pc, notebooks and servers (except Mac) for at least 10years now. Thanks again!

    Have anyone else upgrade the video?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    This is wrong. Upgrading the HDD does not void the warranty.

    You cannot upgrade the video or processor; just the RAM and HDD.
     
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    MasterNile

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    Really? I was under the impression that taking apart the computer (like what is needed to replace the HDD) would void the warranty
     
  6. macrumors 604

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    The video is soldered to the motherboard. It is virtually impossible to replace as it is attached by machine.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    I verified this with Apple. If you don't believe me, do it yourself.

    If changing the HDD voided the warranty, they would slap a "no user-serviceable parts inside" sticker on the machine.
     
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    MasterNile

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    I believe you, like I said I had just heard differently, but it was nothing official just heard it from someone else on MR. I was thinking about switching the HD out on my iMac but warranty doesn't really matter since I didn't get AppleCare and the 1 year limited warranty has run out.
     
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    eXan

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    changing the HD does not void the warranty, unless you break something while doing it.

    And you can't upgrade the video.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    Is that the same situation with the White iMacs? Wanted to know before I opened it.
     
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    eXan

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    Its the same with every iMac since 1998.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WoW ! a lot of responses. Thanks guys, sucks that can not upgrade the video. Guess that I have to find a cheap pair of 2x2gb from NewEgg or some other place. For the HDD, my 320gb still have some space left.
     
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    cherry su

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    the video card in the 24" iMac (don't know about the 20") is not soldered. it is an MXM module (google it). however, MXM modules are very expensive and there is nothing to upgrade to in the case of the iMac

    http://reviews.cnet.com/4531-10921_7-6636341.html
     

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