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Changing logic board to change graphic card

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I have a mid-2012 13" MacBook pro (2.5 Ghz, the cheaper model).

So, my main focus is to change my Graphic Card (i have the Intel HD Graphic 4000) and my RAM (from 4 GB to 8 GB), however I found out i had to change my motherboard (logic board) to be able to change my graphic card.

Therefore would it be possible to get the motherboard of the other mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13" (2.9 Ghz), put it in my laptop and change the graphic Card to an NVIDIA ?

And the best question of all: would it be cheaper to buy a laptop just for Gaming ? Thats somethiin i dont want to do, having two laptops, thats too much.

And also because my mac works really well, he is just to shi**y to play games like Titanfall or BF4. I am stuck with Star wars and LoL right now. Feel my pain.

Just like Jon Snow, i know nothing. So please speak to me as if i was a toddler smashing a star shaped block into the circle shaped hole.

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid-2012 Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2012 13" - MD101LL/A - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278 - 2554*

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Yup, that's the one !

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You can go to the 2.9 Ghz i7 board. Apple part # 661-6589-R

It's probably going to cost you in excess of $500 to do the exchange.

I'd look to see what a brand new one is running and what your machine would bring on eBay. You will not get your money back out of an upgraded machine.

I take it you are running in Windows mode for the BF4.

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Yeah, i have bootcamp.

Great, thanks for the answers guys !

One last question, if i upgrade my logic board, will i be able to upgrade my graphic card ? For exemple if i take the 2.9 Ghz i7 board, will it support an NVIDIA ?

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The GPU (graphic processing chip) is built into the logic board and cannot be changed without a soldering workstation. I don't know if a different one would even work. If you really want a gaming machine, get an older MacPro that can take the PCI graphics cards. A laptop will never give you great gaming graphics.

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The graphics card is integrated with the logic board, and all of the logic boards have the same type. You won't be able to upgrade the graphics card.

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Unless i upgrade my logic board ? That was my other question. Can i upgrade my logic board with this type of mac, and if so which logic board can i upgrade it with ? Can the other Macbook Pro 13" at 2,9 Ghz do the trick ? And can i upgrade my graphic card from that logic board ? I think the answer is no for that last one, but like i said, i know nothing.

Better safe than sorry.

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There is no way to upgrade the graphics card. If you want the faster processor, then you can upgrade. Otherwise, just stick with what you have.

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