Well.. I've had my replacement MP for a couple of weeks now and I wanted to post a few pics. I started this post about 10 days ago and then we had a power outage after I almost finished... and was too tired to redo it. So I am now retyping it. grin

If you aren't familiar with my trouble it is in this post...
http://forums.mactech.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/435586/Re_Is_AppleCare_worth_it#Post435586

As soon as I knew it was coming I ordered 6 gigs of ram for $106.00 from TransIntl. I've used them before and their ram is reasonably priced and good quality.
I also ordered a PCI-X 3 port FW 400 card since it doesn't sport anything short of 800.
In addition I ordered a BLu-Ray burner..
This one.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...ntent-_-text-_-
Which came with a free 25 GB BD 4X Disc.

Apple shows you what an 8 core memory/processor board looks like but not the 4 core.

Here's mine on the kitchen counter.

All photos taken with my iPhone.





I wondered why the heat sink was so big.. till I looked down the length of it.



It's got a fan built in to cool the coils.
Honestly, I can't even remember what my previous heat sink looked like and it wasn't as easily accessible to see any fan so I don't know if this is new or not.



Here's the bay for the memory/CPU board.. you can see the small slots that it rides in on... like your chest of drawers. These guide it in to plug into the interface you see in the back.





Notice the mobo is all black.



There are some variations to installing the ram and different configs for speed or max ram. I was sure I had it right but was still surprised to see this message on start up.



The upgraded ATI Radeon HD 4870 512.



The 1st gen drive trays are smaller than the new ones... also gives you better finger-grip underneath for removing them.Also, they used to have user-friendly screws that had a larger, ridged head but now they are smaller, not as ridged and use a smaller phillips head. They also have small rubbery "washers" top and bottom that I presume are to dampen vibration and have the added benefit of not being easy to remove so the screws don't fall right out and get lost.



I guess these boards don't let you post more than 10 pics in a post so I'll continue in the reply below.

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