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  1. #1

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    Jun 22, 2011
    Would this work?? Or am I just CRAZY! PLEASE HELP!!!
    So I am a complete noob when it comes to computers/Macs. I have an older Mac mini I am looking to upgrade. I can do the following for less than $300 and I think it will be worth it. But I have no idea if I can actually do this with an older Mini. I know the processor is upgradeable but I don't know the limits. Also to my understanding the maximum amount of RAM is 2GB with the current "Factory installed" processor, but if I upgrade the processor does that maximum increase?

    This is what I currently have:

    2006 mac mini with a: 1.66Ghz Intel Core Duo Processor and 2Gb Ram (2x1GB)

    This is what I want to do:

    Replace the processor with: Intel C2D T7600 - 2.33 GHz 4MB L2 Cache - SL9SD

    Replace the RAM to: 8GB 2X4GB DDR3


  2. #2

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    I'm not sure to what extent you can upgrade that model Mini but the folks at ifixit have videos on how to upgrade and what will work. iFixit: The free repair manual

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    Ttaylor394's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 15, 2011
    West Virginia
    13in rMBP 2014 Yosemite
    Wait for other responses since I am a novIce user.

    First thoight is no to both.

    The processor-CPU-is usually soldered to the mother board-logic board Inz macs- that would require extreme technical skill in my opinion as well as very particular types of tools.

    As for the RAM- refer to this site
    Apple Mac mini Specs (All Mac mini Technical Specs) @

    And your machine is here
    Mac mini "Core Duo" 1.66 Specs (Early/Late 2006, MA206LL/A*, Macmini1,1, A1176, 2108) @

    It seems your out of luck. You would be better served with a New Mini/ or a used one from the Apple online store. They change their stock all the time on there, and some of them would be starting at about 550. Which isn't much over your above figure.
    If you scroll down to the chart and find the ram area you'll read:
    ""Standard RAM:512 MB Maximum RAM:2 GB
    Details:512 MB of RAM is installed as two 256 MB modules, no slots free.""

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    EvenStranger's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 09, 2010
    Currently 13" Late 2010 MBA, 4GB/128GB; Early 2011 13" MBP, dual core i7 2.7ghz, 4gb ram, 500gb hd
    First of all, I am not recommending this. I've never tried it, and I have no idea what the results will be. That being said, I found Merom Mac Mini Hack describing the process and results of replacing the processor with the one you suggested.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    Here are reports on the successful upgrading, and one includes to a 2.33GHz CPU. It may not be a cheap option and a pre-loved 2.33 Mini may work out cheaper. There is a link to the guide on how to do it at the end of paragraph one.

    Mac Mini Core 2 Duo CPU Swaps (2006-2008 minis)

    MacTracker reports maximum memory is 2GB, but you may like to try more and cross your fingers.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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