imac 2011 upgrade core i5 to core i7

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  1. porky2017 macrumors member

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    Can i upgrade my iMac from I5 to I7, I just put a SSD in & 8 Gig of ram, would it be worth it, is there a big difference , I don't do much intensive editing or FCP
    I would just like to have the power there just in case.

    Thanx in advance..
     
  2. h9826790, Aug 17, 2014
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    h9826790 macrumors 604

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    With that cost, work, and protential damage to the iMac. I personally think that's not quite worth to upgrade the CPU for "just in case". The difference between i5 and i7 basically just the multi-core speed. There is not much software that only able to run under i7 but not i5. So, if that "special moment" come, most likely your i5 can handle the job well, just a bit slower.

    Of course, it will be another story if you plan to upgrade to a significantly higher clock frequency CPU.
     
  3. porky2017, Aug 17, 2014
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    upgrade

    I seen a tutorial swapping out the i 5 for a i7, I thought putting a SSD into my iMac was daunting, changing the cpu is just plain daunting, i think i am with you guys i will stick with the I5, the SSD 256 pro samsung has made my iMac like new the speed is amazing so I am happy with the iMac.


    thanx for your replys appreciate it..
     
  4. mhafeez macrumors regular

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    It is possible. I have upgraded my iMac 27" mid 2011 from i5 to i7-2600 myself over a year ago without any problem and gain over 60% in performance. I also have install 2 units of Samsung 840evo 1TB with Raid0 setup. The results are tremendous!
     
  5. porky2017 thread starter macrumors member

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    hi sounds like a beast of a machine, how much did the i7 2600 chip cost you.?
    & where did you buy it ?

    thanx..
     
  6. mhafeez macrumors regular

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    In my country the Sandy Bridge cost around MYR880 or USD278 (brand new with box). But I got mine a used cpu which only cost USD175.
     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Is it that expensive?

    I used to be based in Malaysia as well, and have found cheaper deals from shops around the Klang Valley (to be precise, in Sunway Pyramid).
     
  8. mhafeez, Aug 18, 2014
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    mhafeez macrumors regular

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    The i7-2600 is less expensive than the i7-2600K. Can find it a lot on eBay.

    Well you might get it cheaper in Low Yatt Plaza. That place is like "heavens" for geeks and upgrade bugs. :D
     
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    Low Yat always can't find parking space :p
     

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