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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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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 ?


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.


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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