2011 iMac Upgrade - Media/Server Station

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Gizmo22, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Gizmo22 macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2009
    Midwest USA
    Currently looking to swap my 2012 rMBP base with a 2011 27" iMac plus cash. My plan is to install a larger 3.5" drive with a 2.5" SSD for boot, and upgrade it to OSX Server for Time Capsule backups.

    The items I am less comfortable with involve the thought of the CPU or GPU. I have heard the CPU can be swapped for other 1155 Sandy Bridge chips with no issue, but have heard mixed reviews regarding a GPU swap - is it possible, and if so, any restrictions? I would be more interested in an Nvidia chip than the offerings from AMD.

    Anything specific I should be wary of regarding compatibility?
  2. goodcore macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2013
    About swapping CPU you can read here. For now only Sandy Bridge CPU's will work (i7-2700k is best choice). GPU can be replaced too (read here)

    i'd thinking all days about get working Ivy Bridge on iMac 2011 (DDR3-1600 and PCIe 3.0)
  3. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    You can just buy my maxed 2011 27"

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