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Is it possible to change, manually, my MacBook processor to an Intel Core i3?

Or should I buy a 15-inch MacBook Pro? I wonder: is it possible to change my processor which is an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 Ghz to any Core i3?

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Unlikely, but I've never torn one apart and looked/tried it. –  Brian Knoblauch Jul 28 '10 at 14:48
    
Usually important laptop components (like the CPU and the GPU and some more) are soldered to the motherboard. –  zneak Jul 28 '10 at 15:25
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No. The C2D has different package specifications from the i3.

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Thanks indeed for your prompt response. –  AJX Jul 28 '10 at 15:22
    
This is not even remotely close to possible. Core 2 Duo's have no memory controller, Core i3's have an on-die memory controller. The OP's computer has all the memory connected to the northbridge which is totally wrong for an i3. –  David Schwartz Feb 16 '13 at 2:10
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I heard that on MacBooks, processor is soldered to the board, so it would be impossible for a hardware noob. Take a look at this article. It explains the way the processor is soldered.

Also, as others have said, C2D and i3 are incompatible.

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In 99.99% of laptops it is very hard, and often impossible to change/upgrade essential compments such as the CPU. And even if it were possible to change it, obviously as mentioned previously, the two are not compatible.

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