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Upgrades available for 2006 iMac 5,1 Processor, Memory, and Graphics?

Hello Forum!!!!

I'm not a computer stud, but I have basic ability for mechanics. I have repaired computers, phones, and iPad screens in the past successfully (and unsuccessfully too!!!HA!) so now I'm thinking instead of junking my two old 2006 IMacs I want to upgrade them. This is because my six year old is totally into computers so I thought it would be fun for him to see the guts of one and further that passion. If I break one then I'm thinking I will probably get it right on the other.

I want it so that my son can play games, I can record the TV while we play games together, and it can run the latest softwares and upgrades for a few more years.

***They are late 2006 imac white box 20" 2.16 intel core duo 2gb 667 mhz ddr2 sdram.

I just don't know a thing about components. I don't want to go crazy on budget, but it isn't my main concern. I would like help if anyone could weigh in on what fits inside the computer and is a good all around component.

This question hasn't been asked since 2010 so I'm thinking there is some good stuff out there for cheaper.

What Memory?

What Processor?

What Graphics Card?

(for gaming and recording, editing video)

Thanks a ton for your input!

Update (02/07/2016)

Block Image

This is what it says when I click on about this Mac.

Thanks for updating. And thanks for the info!

Update, I'm not sure if the image shows.

The memory says Bank 0/ DIMMO 1G DDR2 SDRAM 667 MHz

Same for Bank 1/DIMM1.

So I look for these in 2 GB slots each, correct?

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First, it's not a G5. I'll change it to the correct machine.

Apple iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.16 20-Inch Specs

Identifiers: Late 2006 - MA589LL - iMac5,1 - A1207 - 2118

Standard RAM: 1 GB Maximum RAM: 4 GB*

Details: 1 GB of RAM is installed as two 512 MB SO-DIMM modules.

*Apple officially supports 3 GB of RAM, but third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 4 GB of RAM using two 2 GB memory modules with some limitations.


Standard Hard Drive: 250 GB (7200 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)

Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.4.7 (8K1106) Maximum MacOS: X 10.7.5*

Max the RAM out then install an SSHD had drive: 1 TB SSD Hybrid 3.5" Hard Drive

1 TB SSD Hybrid 3.5" Hard Drive afbeelding


1 TB SSD Hybrid 3.5" Hard Drive


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Do I get all new ram, or is there an Intel upgrade for this machine?

What about a graphics card?



There are two slots, currently populated by two one GB sticks.. You can replace on of the with a 2 GB stick for a total of 3 or both for 4 GB.

Both the 2.16 & 2.33 use the

Video Card: Radeon X1600 VRAM Type: GDDR3

Try not to get to deep into a 10 year old machine.



Is this the only tool kit that I would need for this swap from the I fixit site?

-Pro Tech Toolkit-


I fount these. 2 2GBs for 50 bucks. That seems awesome. Yeah, I won't spend much, but with 4 GB and 1TB Hd and a video card even at $350 I feel like it beats 2 grand on new, am I thinking right?


You are not going to replace the video card.


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@michaelangeloaust  how did it go? Did it work out? Looking for something similar for mine. Some feedback would be really useful before I burn some cash. Thanks in advance.

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