2010 Imac - processor updgrade

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Andythed, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. Andythed macrumors member

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    Hello


    Can I upgrade a processor (current i3) in my imac?

    Thinking of doing the ssd so thought maybe this as well

    Andy
     
  2. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Which processor you can upgrade to depends on what iMac you have. You'll need to be marginally more specific.
     
  3. Andythed thread starter macrumors member

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    I have the 27" core i3 mid 2010?

    Is upgrading the processor difficult / expensive?
     
  4. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

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    You need to be able to follow the ifixit guide. It's close to 100% disassembly.

    Is it difficult? I would say no. It took me about 30 minutes to do this in a 2010 21.5", for example. For other people, this is terrifying.

    You can buy an appropriate processor on eBay (make sure you stick to the ones that were actually sold, or have the same TDP as ones that were actually sold). Figure on $200-300 for an i7. Probably half that for an i5. Make sure you also buy some thermal compound to put on the heat sink.
     

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