CPU upgrade.

freshe

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 15, 2012
162
3
Hi,

I came across this article.

So while I will fit (very carefully) an ssd, bigger hdd and blu-ray into my imac that is on apple care till mid 2015 I decided to swap the i5 3.1ghz for i7 3.4 (I think that's the one).

But where can I get the CPU mentioned above ? Does it have to be some special version ?

Many thanks
 

Bear

macrumors G3
Jul 23, 2002
8,089
4
Sol III - Terra
Hi,

I came across this article.

So while I will fit (very carefully) an ssd, bigger hdd and blu-ray into my imac that is on apple care till mid 2015 I decided to swap the i5 3.1ghz for i7 3.4 (I think that's the one).

But where can I get the CPU mentioned above ? Does it have to be some special version ?

Many thanks
You can void AppleCare doing this. You would have to get the original components back into the iMac before getting it serviced and hope they don't realize that you were inside re-arranging parts.

Only the memory in iMac is considered user serviceable, except for the current 21.5" which does not have user serviceable memory.
 

tanker5

macrumors member
Apr 19, 2011
92
0
Hoboken
It will not work.

The 3.1 GHz CPU in your iMac is the i7 3770s. It runs at 65 watts. The CPU you're looking at is the i73770 you're looking at is the i7 3770. That CPU runs at 77 watts, which means it requires more power to operate in your system. Unfortunately, the power supply board in the 21.5" iMac does not supply enough power to run the 3.4 GHz CPU.

The 3770s is basically an underclocked 3770. I suspect that Apple chose the 3770s as opposed to the 3770 for the 21.5" iMac because it didn't produce as much heat.