Model A1312 / Mid 2011 / 2.7 & 3.1 GHz Core i5 or 3.4 GHz Core i7 Processor

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Can you use the i7 processor in a custom built PC?

Can you remove the i7 processor and use it in a custom built PC? Also if I remove the processor would I still be able to use the iMac as a monitor for the PC?

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Why would you dismantle a innocent iMac :,(

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zmekaelian "remove the processor would I still be able to use the iMac as a monitor" sorry but no. You wont beable to use it at all.

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I think from what you are asking here is you want to create your own custom Mac from parts. We call this a Hackintosh system. Here's one of many sites that go over what it is and whats required: The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Building a Mackintosh (OS X El Capitan)

So lets review things here a bit ...

The CPU is a standard CPU from Intel it does not hold anything that makes a Mac a Mac. There is a chip in the system (ROM) which holds the low-level code that makes a Mac a Mac.

So I would leave your iMac alone and if its broken I would fix it ;-} Its worth more working than a parts system to build a Hackintosh!

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