Can you change the video card in the iMac's?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Cranka, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Cranka macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2009
    I've decided to get one of the new iMac's... i'd rather get the 2.93 ghz 24" one, but can get the 3.06 ghz... just that small of a bump doesn't really warrant the extra dough to me.

    the 2.93 comes standard with the gt 120... and well... i'd rather have something a little more powerful, which is one of the only reasons i'd go with the 3.06 (since it comes with a gt 130 standard)

    really I would like to just get the HD 4850 inside of the iMac, but don't want to wait the 4-5 weeks shipping, so i'd rather just pick up the iMac now (already called, they're in stock at my apple store) and install the HD 4850 when they become more available later on.

    I have a HD4850 in my PC right now, so I know that it is a powerful enough card for everything that I need and want it to do.

    Is it possible to replace the video card down the line, or do you need to have it changed right as you purchase the iMac?

    A buddy of mine told me you can't swap the cards out, but I don't see how that would work unless the card is an on-board gfx card... which would suck.

  2. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Under normal circumstances, it would warrant a logic board replacement.

    4-6 weeks may change to 2-4 weeks by next week, so it may be worth some patience ;)
  3. woody57 macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2009
    what sort of money is that Lee.?
  4. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Sorry I don't know, but as the logic board is essentially the heart of the iMac and it's made by Apple, you're probably not talking peanuts :(

    Give your local Apple Store a call and make sure your seated before they tell you... :D
  5. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
  6. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
    It all depends. The GPUs on the early 2008 iMacs come off the logic board with only a few screws. Since they plugged in via PCI slot you could probably upgrade it later. But you're going to pay something like $400 for the part and have to do the labor yourself. If at all possible, get the best card you can right now.

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