What hardware can you upgrade in a Mac computer?

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  1. ALMSIVI macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2008
    Hi, I'm writing a paper on the differences between traditional PCs and Macs, and I need to know what hardware, if any can be upgraded in a Mac desktop computer. Thanks! :)
  2. JG271 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2007
    Anything i suppose. Except the logic board (motherboard), case, built in camera/microphone if you have one. You could even overclock some old g3s and g4s.
  3. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
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  4. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.

    the answer depends on what model of mac you are referring to....some are way more upgradeable than others.....please specify :p
  5. pinback pro macrumors member

    pinback pro

    Oct 16, 2008
    a new iMac 24" can have the hard drive upgraded and the memory. but thats about all i know of..
  6. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
  7. pinback pro macrumors member

    pinback pro

    Oct 16, 2008
    yeah...its basically a laptop in an awesome screen on a stand...really cool. love ours.
  8. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I would google and research on your own if your writing a paper.

    I would hate to see how you cite resources

    [1] - Macrumors.com post#112232 from -{McHandy}-
    [2] - Macrumors.com bla bla bla bla
  9. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    You've been waiting years to pull this one out or your bag haven't you?

    BTW- I believe it's "panametric fam"
  10. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    If you are talking about notebook computers then Macs and PCs are alike. The answer is RAM and some times the hard drive.

    If you are talking about a PC tower and a Mac Pro than they re a lot alike

    iMacs are jusr like notebooks.

    Short paper I guess as the above describe everything.
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    There is also the Mac mini, which is pretty much not upgradeable. Compare this to a MacPro, where you can do a lot since the insides are much like an ordinary windows PC.

    However, none of these replies are something you should be quoting in a paper - go do some research. I would start by perhaps getting pictures of the insides of an iMac vs a typical windows PC vs MacPro and finding out what is what.
  12. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    Actually, you can upgrade the Mini, it just doesn't have handy-dandy catch-releases for easy access. You can only change out the drive and RAM however.

    As for the Mac Pro, I'd say that switching out parts is actually fun!
  13. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    (everything below refers to intel macs)
    You can swap screens in the pre-LED MacBook Pros and MacBooks…search "1920x1200 powerbook"
    You can upgrade your wireless card in notebooks/mac mini (it's mini PCI-e)
    You can add intel turbo memory to laptops/mac mini (it's mini PCI-e)
    You can add a mini PCI-e SSD to laptops/mac mini
    You can put a blu-ray drive in a Mac Pro
    You can upgrade the CPU in Mac mini/iMacs/Mac Pro

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