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Do you guys recommend upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?

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December 31, 2010 4:46:44 AM

I was wondering if it was possible and worth it to upgrade the mobo, CPU and ram on a 2009 Mac Pro (desktop, not a laptop). What do you guys think? If an upgrade is possible, I'll post the full specs.

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December 31, 2010 5:53:40 AM

I don't think you can upgrade the mobo,but you can change the CPU and RAM.
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December 31, 2010 1:30:28 PM

Mac's are a 'no user serviceable parts inside' kinda thing.

Changing anything more than RAM voids warranty/applecare. The actual interior is more like a laptop than a desktop with an irregularly shaped motherboard, thin ribbon cables, and non-standard placement. You have to remove the screen to get at anything except the RAM.

for an Apple, if you aren't A+ Certified or Apple certified, I wouldn't touch the inside of them.
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December 31, 2010 4:29:06 PM

Maziar said:
I don't think you can upgrade the mobo,but you can change the CPU and RAM.


Warranty/Apple Care issues aside, how hard is it to upgrade the CPU? Is it as easy as buying any i5 or i7 Intel chip and just dropping it in, and then reinstalling the CPU cooler? Would this upgrade be as easy as upgrading a PC provided that I keep track of where the cables attach to the existing mobo?

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December 31, 2010 4:45:30 PM

On a Mac Pro, it should be as easy as in a PC. on an IMAc, they don't use the traditional levered ZIF sockets.
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January 3, 2011 3:38:40 PM

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