Model A1311 / Mid 2011 / 2.5 & 2.7 GHz Core i5 or 2.8 GHz Core i7 Processor

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Can a 21.5" Mid-2011 iMac be upgraded to an i7 2600?

So my iMac is a 21.5" iMac from Mid 2011 with a core i5 2400S as default, now I know you can upgrade it's processor since it's socketed and that's just what I'm going to do. But what I don't know is if I can only upgrade to a low power chip (S suffix) or if I can upgrade to a full power desktop chip (no suffix). I've seen people upgrade their i5 2400S 27" imacs to i7 2600, but I've never seen anyone tried a CPU upgrade on a 21.5" imac before let alone the highest end CPU offering from apple on the 21.5" Mid-2011 iMac is only an i7 2600S. Now the performance difference between the i7 2600S and i7 2600 is negligible for me, but the problem is I can't souce any i7 2600S but I can fine loads of people selling their i7 2600. So if anyone can answer, please do as I will apreciate it greatly and if anyone is selling or knows someone who sells an i7 2600S that can ship to Indonesia please answer too. :) Thanks in advance.

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The 21.5" iMac power supply is not quite as powerful as the 27" model while it will work you will burnout the power supply prematurely as it will overheat.

It's best not to tempt fate here stay with the lower power chip series (2400S). Here's what I could find: Amazon listing here in the states. I'm sure you can get someone to ship to you.

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So I could technically use the i7 2600 in it? Are you sure? Because I really don't want to blow a lot of money on something that might become a paperweight... Here's the problem I'm in Indonesia and I can't find anyone that can ship the i7 2600S to me.

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Man, the 2600S sure is expensive in Amazon, I can find a 2600 locally for 2.200.000Rp or $180 US easy here. But I can't find the freaking i7 2600S!

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Stick with the 2600S unit at that is what the system was designed for.

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Maybe it would be cheaper to look for a used system to either replace yours or gain access to its parts to fix yours.

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Sadly, they are a more expensive chip.

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