Do-It-Yourself: Upgrading Apple's 27" iMac With An SSD

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tipmen

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I will start the hate amuffin :)

Phew! I'm glad the sheeple will save $200+. It is unlikely that a majority of Apple owners would be able to do this. Hell I bet they aren't even willing (besides voiding the warranty). I think they have this belief if apple does the upgrade it will be "better".
 

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I don't own a mac, but I was always curious of how to do this. I thought most of the hardware was soldered on, I didn't know parts were interchangeable. Good article.
 

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[citation][nom]manu 11[/nom]Moral of the day, apple seriously rips you. Your own assembled pc is 100000x better and stronger than the imac thing.[/citation]

Yeah, because you can assemble your own all-in-one PC... oh wait... you can't.

Comparing a normal PC in a tower case to an all-in-one is like comparing it to a laptop. Completely different form-factor.

Apple hardware upgrade prices are a joke though...
 

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It's an interesting decision to use black pcb in a never meant to be opened case... Looking at how annoying it is to be serviced, it seems it's just not worth it to buy a factory mac... Just get a hackintosh for god sake.
 

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apple needs to fit the design flaw of there being a glass shield for the screen.

that one design flaw requires me to run a air filter for 3 hours before taking the system, then having to work on the system almost completely naked just to keep dust from getting in between the glass and the LCD
 
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@Razor512 ... and then you realize that dust is mostly made from dead human skin and you just got naked during a standard PC upgrade for no apparent reason.
 

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it's not likely that a lot of people will do that, especially cos it probably wipes out any warranty...
And don't Apple lovers love to be ripped off anyway ??
 

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Pity, I have the 21.5".
Just got it too, want to stick my old OCZ drive in there and 8GB of RAM.

And yes, I know my shit when it comes to computers.. The difference with me is I'm not biased any more.
 

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Why keep the superdrive? Apple Superdrive is the pinnacle of stupidity throughout the era of personal computing.

You'd be better of replacing the HDD with a Hitachi 4TB and putting the SSD on the superdrive's slot with an adapter from MCEtech.com instead.

The superdrive (if you insist on having it anyway) can be put into a USB 2.0 enclosure and be stashed somewhere until you need it.

The best way is to partition the SSD into 3:

1) Mac OSX
2) HFS+ partition for Adobe's scratch & caches folder and/or for stuff you're using.
3) Windows 7 64 bit

And it is best to partition the 4TB HDD:
1) Scratch folder for your footages, libraries, render files, & etc
2) Archive of your older projects & Windows 7 Backup Image
3) Bootable Mac OSX Back Up partition

Or you can just wipe Mac OSX, install Windows 7 64bit, and just play crisis with the iMac
 

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i own a mac and a pc and you wont have to go through this hellacious process with a pc. Tom has too much time in his hands. Get a real life!
 

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[citation][nom]uruquiora[/nom]it's not likely that a lot of people will do that, especially cos it probably wipes out any warranty...And don't Apple lovers love to be ripped off anyway ??[/citation]
A co-worker on my team has been mulling this upgrade over for a long time. This is the kind of reason I went with the Mac Pro versus an an iMac. To me it rediculous that you'd have to go through all this just to save a couple of bucks. ...any system that's I can't simply change the hard drives in is a system I would not want.
The first thing I did on the very first day I got my Mac Pro was to put 2 OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs in it for RAID 0. They've been happily slicing through code every since.


As do I. Yes the new iMacs are good for those who believe a computer is just a decorative commodity (how'd ya like that phrase...de-cor-a-tive com-mod-ity ...just made that up ;) . ...and yes, the performance on the current models (outside of gaming) is very competitive. You just sacrifice a lot (and not just from your wallet) to go with an iMac. ...its not food that I'd recommend for the enthusiast.

iMac? ...maybe fur my mum.
 
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Oh,they switched to black PCBs.Before 4 years when i've accembed those POS,all the PCBs were blue.
 
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