I am buying an imac, but I want to upgrade it, need help...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by inertialmacer, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. inertialmacer macrumors newbie

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    Hey folks,

    I want to buy a new iMac, but I don't want to spend the "apple money" for more ram, HD, etc.

    What third party components would work best for upgrading the new imacs, and where is a good tutorial for taking apart the new imacs...?

    Also, what is the best option for just buying one?
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Any memory that meets Apple's specs (800MHz DDR2 SDRAM) and any 3.5" SATA hard drive will work in the new iMac.

    Memory is designed to be user-installable, but leave the hard drive to the pros. Trying to install it yourself will void your warranty, and you need industrial-strength suction cups to even get in there.
     
  3. inertialmacer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okey dokey

    So what services do you think are economical and wont void the warranty?
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Go to your local Apple Store or Apple Certified retailer, hard drive in hand.
     
  5. inertialmacer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    any idea of the cost?
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 601

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    The new iMacs use DDR3 1066Mhz SO-DIMMs.
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 601

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  8. inertialmacer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what bout for the hard drive installation?
     
  9. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Install - I'm guessing about $100 + cost for the drive. I have no idea what Apple charges, so that's only a guess.
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    It'd probably be $75-$100. Personally, I'm ambitious, so I'll be manually upgrading my aluminum iMac when my warranty expires this summer.
     
  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Apple store don't perform upgrades.
     
  12. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Ah, okay. Thanks for the correction. Certified retailer it is.
     
  13. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    RAM is really easy to upgrade, but when it comes to the hard drive i strongly recommend paying the extra money because its really difficult and you can mess up your computer. plus lugging a 24" iMac around to have it upgraded is costly and not worth the hassle IMO
     

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