All-in-one desktop computers from Apple. iMacs have been equipped with Intel processors since January 2006.

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Can I change my iMac's processor?

I have a Imac 21.5' with Intel Core i3 3.06 GHz and i'd like to change it to i5 or i7, it is possible?

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The socket should be able to take the upgrade and I know with the previous series of processors the iMac was able self determine which processor it had in it as far as speed. I have not updated an i3 to an i5/7 but based on what has been the past for the intel iMacs it sounds plausible.

NOTE: the only ones we have seen were we needed to make a terminal entry to compensate was where putting in a core 2 duo in an iMac with an original core duo did not let us install Lion. It had to have a terminal entry before it would load Lion

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Also this would blow any warranty on your computer including any future Apple service recalls.


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