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    Quick Question about customization
    I'm looking to get an iMac soon, and i was wondering how customizable, if at all are they?
    if i wanted to put in a new hard drive, or mother board later on, would this be possible?
    thanks

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    No, the only thing you can upgrade is the RAM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
    No, the only thing you can upgrade is the RAM.
    thanks for the response, i'll just have to geta good processor to start out then...
    and with the hard drive, there is always the option of external right?

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    Stretch's response is not quite the whole story.

    He is absolutely correct that the RAM is the only thing that you can upgrade without voiding your warranty.

    If you still own the machine after the warranty period, or have more money than sense and don't mind paying for any repairs it may need in the future, the CPU is socketed (from what I've read) and can be upgraded with a faster mobile core2duo, and the hard drive is a standard 3.5" serial ata desktop drive.

    However, you have to realize that these machines were not designed to be upgraded like that and thus, any upgrades beyond the RAM will not necessarily be easy to peform, and in the case of upgrading the CPU to a not-yet-released higher clockspeed or quad core chip, may be so impractical as to be effectively impossible (assuming that it's not just flat out impossible alltogether).
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    Well, yeah, it is possible, but I've seen the Apple Service Manual, and taking apart the Aluminum and Glass iMacs is nothing easy. The white iMacs were hard to take apart, this looks to be 10x worse.
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    Well thank you for ur responses =]
    i guess i'll just stick with what i get for as long as it'll go!
    lol

    but i got another question aswell..
    it is possible to put an external microphone in right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceshaw View Post
    but i got another question aswell..
    it is possible to put an external microphone in right?
    Yup you can use the audio in jack located at the back of iMac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo_274 View Post
    Yup you can use the audio in jack located at the back of iMac
    thanks for the help =]

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