Upgrading hardware.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by fieldz, May 17, 2016.

  1. fieldz macrumors newbie

    fieldz

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    When I buy a new Imac what parts are or are not upgradable at a later date?

    ie can I upgrade the SSD when and if need be?
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    Depends on the screen size.
    The 27-inch has an access door to upgrade the RAM memory, so is simple and straightforward.
    The 21.5-inch is not easily upgradeable. The only possibility is hard drive/SSD. The RAM is soldered to the logic board.

    Hard drives in either size are a challenge to upgrade, because of the need to literally slice open the enclosure.
    Solid-state storage is a challenge to purchase upgrades.
    Neither size uses a standard SSD, but uses slot-type PCIe proprietary storage.
    Right now, there are only a couple of companies that have upgrade SSDs, or you can find Apple-produced drives on eBay, etc.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Its technically possible, but generally not recommend. Just take a look at the tear down at ifixit
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    In a word yes.

    In more depth it's difficult time consuming and more expensive than ordering what you want in the fist place.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    And once you purchase, you cannot take it to the Apple store and have them upgrade hardware for you.
     

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