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Model A1419 / Late 2013 / 3.2 & 3.4 GHz Core i5 or 3.5 GHz Core i7 Processor, ID iMac14,2

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Can I upgrade the Graphics card in my iMac?

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Purchasing a BTO iMac late 2013 27", with the "basic" Nvidia 775 2GB. video graphic card, is it possible to upgrade aftermarket to the 780 4GB.?

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I can't find any guides or parts for 2013 27" yet. Step #22 of the teardown shows that the card is replaceable: iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374 Teardown

UPDATE

Here is the correct teardown that came out after I posted this answer

iMac Intel 27" EMC 2639 Teardown

Step#6 shows the integrated GPU - no GPU upgrades possible on this one.

iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374 Image

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iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374 Teardown

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Moderate

iMac Intel 27" EMC 2639 Image

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iMac Intel 27" EMC 2639 Teardown

Difficulty:

Moderate

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Looking at the photos posted for the iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374 tear down it seems to be negatron on replacing or upgrading the graphics card. The graphics card and its memory are integrated into the motherboard. No doubt as a necessary consequence of the streamlined and thin design. No graphics card attached to a slot with its own fan and heat sync, just a chip on the board, flanked by RAM. All looks pretty permanent. Of course, anything is possible, but it would require skills and knowledge probably greater than building it all yourself. The makers of the first dye on chip designs used sewing machines, pressure cookers and even sunlight for exposure to miniaturize circuit designs so my faith in human ingenuity is not easily fluttered, but it would simply be easier to buy a new computer. This is Apple's primary objective. Just as ingenious as the technology, a marketing model that keeps the company in business. The upside is that there will be an Apple, Inc. ten years from now, most likely. I have to admire it as self-preservation as opposed to loathing it for its apparent greed. If that element wasn't pervasive then we wouldn't be here talking about it. We would perhaps all be on great plastic computers, typing crap, oblivious to so many possibilities in the alternate universe where Apple had significant profits from its oligarchy.

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