Help - Can iMAC 4,1 Be upgraded? ... about to buy, but not sure.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stringy, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. stringy macrumors newbie

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    CAN I BUY MORE RAM -or UPGRADE?
    im interested in buying an old imac4,1 -for $350

    processer Name: Intel Core Duo
    Speed 2GHz
    Number of Processors 1
    Total number of Cores 2
    L2 Cache 2 MB
    Memory 512 MB

    Is it worth it - and can I upgrade it so that it will perform better?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    These are the first gen Intell iMacs. You can upgrade the CPU, hard drive, and ram. The max ram is 2Gb.
     
  3. Zach Schible macrumors member

    Zach Schible

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    Dito what Intell said. That computer should be fine for most general needs, but I would highly suggest upping the RAM to 2GB. I wouldn't expect to be doing any heavy work on it though, like HD movie editing, or Blue-ray size movies.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    I'm at such an iMac right now.

    Code:
    Hardware Overview:
    
      Model Name:	iMac
      Model Identifier:	iMac4,1
      Processor Name:	Intel Core Duo
      Processor Speed:	2 GHz
      Number Of Processors:	1
      Total Number Of Cores:	2
      L2 Cache:	2 MB
      Memory:	2 GB
      Bus Speed:	667 MHz
      Boot ROM Version:	IM41.0055.B08
    
    I added memory to reach 2 GB, and replaced the original hard drive when it failed this summer. Paid $40 for a 500GB 7200 Seagate drive. Be advised that upgrading the HD (or anything other than the memory) is a moderately challenging job if you do it yourself. Tutorials are available on the web, but just gaining access to the internals is non-trivial.

    By the way, check the DVD drive. Mine has failed, and this seems to be a common weakness. I simply bought an external Firewire DVD drive to compensate for the failed internal drive.

    All in all, still a very solid machine.
     
  5. MacHamster68, Nov 18, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

    MacHamster68

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    i'm on the same but the 1.83 core duo model and too upgraded to 2 gb and fitted a WD velociraptor 10000 rpm drive with 600GB , and it sure is still a very capable computer ,
    ok some might think you cant do even word processing without a 3.06 ghz i3 processor , trust me on that one , it is perfectly capable of more then just basic computing , and still outperforms all these intel atom dual core and keeps up with the newer pentium dual core based all in one pc's, main difference is only that it drains a couple watt more from mains , but levels that out by costing less and offering the better more enjoyable operating system :)
     

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