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Desoldering CPU to use somewhere else.

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So my Macbook Pro Mid 2010 has one of those faulty GPU chips and i can't do anything but replace the complete motherboard, which is a mess, but there's no other option (reballing is not one, i've read).

I was wondering, tho. The only thing this motherboard has broken is the GPU chip, but the Core i7 2600 is working pretty well. Could i desolder it from the motherboard to use it somewhere else, like on a desktop motherboard (or sell it as used)?

What else can i desolder from it, or what use could i give to this board instead of toss it to the trashcan?

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You can desolder and sell parts from it, but I would just sell the board on eBay for scrap. I get dead boards from China which have the GPU and CPU removed, so they are obviously being sold, but I don't think there is a huge market for them, since it is difficult to replace, and companies are known to sell bad CPU/GPUs, or ones which soon fail. I don't know if you could use this on a desktop, since desktop CPUs are usually removable.

I would save the hassle and just sell the board on eBay for spares. Depending on where you get the new logic board, some companies give you a £50 discount if you send them your old one. If you were selling the MacBook as well (not replacing the board) it will sell for a lot usually.

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Agreed! Best to sell as a parts system or for the scrap.

No the chip is not transferable to a desktop different series of chips used.


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