2019 27” iMac lowest spec upgradeable cpu later?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Aiwi, May 15, 2019.

  1. Aiwi macrumors newbie

    Aiwi

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    I’m looking into buying a 2019 27“ imac. At the moment I’ve got limited use of having an i9, but I expect wanting to upgrade it in a couple of years (along with a faster, bigger NVME ssd)

    On previous generations of iMacs, the cpu upgrade is pretty straight forward. But with the 2019 series there’s a 8th gen cpu in the lower tier and an 9th gen in the upper.

    I haven’t been able to find anyone upgrading their 2019 iMac cpu by themself so far, so I’m asking here: has anyone tried swapping an 9900k in to their low tier 2019 27” iMac?

    It does seem likely to work, but who knows.
     
  2. codernova macrumors member

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  3. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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    A number of people do this and there are teardown reports to suggest that the 2019 will be no exception.

    I have not seen a single report that suggests you'll save any money doing this, however. One person saved $5 after selling the old CPU.

    Buying a used iMac and hotrodding that can save some coin but used 2019s won't really hit the market for another year or so.

    I recommend getting the machine you want now. If not in a hurry, wait for the first refurbs to show up in a few months.
     
  4. Aiwi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aiwi

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    Yeah, it’s hard to know for sure at this point.

    It just so happens that I can purchase the lowest spec at a severely discounted rate, 600usd off.

    So I think I’m going to bite the bullet, and down the line when the warranty is expired I’m popping a nice 9900k, NVME and regular ssd in there
     
  5. Zdigital2015 macrumors 65816

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    Your safest course of action would be to stick to the BTO or step up CPUs that Apple is currently offering for the iMacs (Core i7-8700, i5-9600K and i9-9900K) when you you decide to upgrade in the future. Apple May offer more options at some point, but I doubt it. Intel is having trouble shipping CPUs still, so I would caution you to wait until supply catches up with demand for the CPU you desire and hopefully the cost will stabilize or even go down some. The 2017/2019 iMac use the SSDPOLARIS NVMe blades, which are hella expensive right now. They may or may not come down in price in the next year or two, but I would not count on it.

    For the price you are spending you are getting a really good iMac that you can upgrade in the future. I would recommend adding DRAM to offset the relatively slow 1TB Fusion Drive, however. Good luck!
     
  6. mrvo macrumors member

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    just a thought, that saving can go toward siliconlottery delidded w/ liquid metal 9900K :D . I had considered this but passed.
     

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