Upgrading my old 21.5" 2011 iMac

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  1. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

    keysofanxiety

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    Hi all!

    So I've got an old 21.5" 2011 iMac that I'm looking to upgrade. My current 2012 15" cMBP is on its way out and I don't trust it'll last for a few projects I'm recording.

    I'm going to upgrade the hard-drive to an SSD and max the RAM to 32GB, however I was also looking to upgrade the CPU and the GPU.

    The current i5-2400S doesn't have the performance I need for Logic, so as it's an LGA1155 socket I was thinking of fitting an i7-3770K in instead. Will this work natively or would I need a different model/earlier gen?

    With regards to GPU, I want to upgrade it both as a precautionary repair to the Radeongate issue and upgrade it to something Metal compatible so I get better performance in LPX/FCPX.

    TL;DR: I need to squeeze the absolute best out of this machine without any problems with EFI or drivers. Can somebody recommend the best CPU & GPU?

    Thanks!
     
  2. mikehalloran macrumors 6502a

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    That's not going to happen.

    There is a very long thread on the subject of trying to get a Metal Graphics compatible GPU working in a 2011. I suggest reading all 77 pages before deciding if a used 2012 or later is far (far, far) less hassle.
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/2011-imac-graphics-card-upgrade.1596614/
     
  3. mikehalloran macrumors 6502a

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