iMac, then upgrade processor?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ss987, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. ss987 macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2006
    I've been reading a lot of posts where people are saying that they will buy an iMac and drop in the Merom processor when it comes out. Will that void the warranty? And if I did decide to change the processor, how exactly would I go about doing that, take it to an Apple store or something? I'm just confused because I thought the only thing upgradeable on the iMac was the memory, since it is a closed case. Anybody know anything about changing the processor? Thanks in advance for the replies.

    Oh, and any idea how much it would be to upgrade, if possible?
  2. DMPDX macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2005
    There was a post a while back about dropping a 2.16GHz CoreDuo into an imac. To do this you would have to go to a PC shop or any coreduo dealer, buy the merom/coreduo, open the case up yourself (voiding the warranty) Replace the original CPU with the new one, re assemble it back together, and pray it boots up correctly. I personally would not advise it.
  3. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    It already has a Core Duo, you must mean Core Duo 2.

    You can send it into a specialist to do it for you, maybe even an Apple store. I bought an iMac, and it's on its way right now. I plan to do what you're saying and drop in a new processor later on if I feel like I need to.

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