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Old Oct 23, 2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

is a Refurbished 2011 iMac 27-inch 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 for $1789 a good price? Im taking into to consideration that this could possibly be the last line of iMacs that can be user upgradable (granted a difficult task to do).

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Old Oct 27, 2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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is a Refurbished 2011 iMac 27-inch 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 for $1789 a good price? Im taking into to consideration that this could possibly be the last line of iMacs that can be user upgradable (granted a difficult task to do).
I think so, I just ordered one yesterday.

When you consider how cheap the RAM is for that model now, you can max it to Apple's 16GB posted limit (or even it's true 32GB limit) for not that much money.

If you have "legacy" devices like I do, and use your disc drive, then it's a lot of computer for the money.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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is a Refurbished 2011 iMac 27-inch 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 for $1789 a good price? Im taking into to consideration that this could possibly be the last line of iMacs that can be user upgradable (granted a difficult task to do).
Well, the 2012s have have user-upgradable RAM. If you're talking more like upgrading the SSD yourself, then yeah, we won't know for sure until iFixit or whomever tears it apart.
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I think it is worth it. I ordered that one Thursday and will see it Monday on my porch. Mine was more forced as I have a grant that expired before December so I had to go ahead and buy, but at least the refurb was $100 cheaper Thursday than it was Tuesday!
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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thanks for all the reply guys. I have a 17" MBP 2011 i7 2.4ghz. Will I see a significant difference in performance if I get this iMac?


The way I have this MBP set up, I'm getting a geek bench score a little under 1100. If I max out the 2011 iMac i7, would this score be higher? I am using 16gb of 1600mhz ram and 512 SSD on my 17" late 2011 MBP.

Would the 2011 iMac support 1600mhz ram? if so, what kind?

I'm leaning towards buying it due to the upgradability and the fact that I already have firewire peripherals that are already compatible with this iMac whereas I would have to buy all over again if I were to get the one one.

Oh, and will the i7 processor on the iMac overclock itself like the IvyBridge ones on the upcoming 2012 iMac?


Thanks in advance.
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Old Nov 1, 2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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I think it is worth it. I ordered that one Thursday and will see it Monday on my porch. Mine was more forced as I have a grant that expired before December so I had to go ahead and buy, but at least the refurb was $100 cheaper Thursday than it was Tuesday!
how much did you get it for? it looks like all of the pricing just increased
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Old Nov 1, 2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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how much did you get it for? it looks like all of the pricing just increased
Yeah, WTF? I noticed all the prices went up like $60 today. Guess they realized that everyone is looking at the refurbs since they mucked up the 21.5 models with no user accessible RAM slots.

Not impressed, Apple. Not Impressed.
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how much did you get it for? it looks like all of the pricing just increased
$1789 for the 3.4 refurb. Came with 2TB hard drive and 2GB video even though it was not speced and was printed on the box as 1TB drive and 1GB video! So saved a lot of money vs buying with the upgrades a few weeks ago. Like $600+. I do not see this model in the refurb store right now. It comes and goes.

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Yeah, WTF? I noticed all the prices went up like $60 today. Guess they realized that everyone is looking at the refurbs since they mucked up the 21.5 models with no user accessible RAM slots.

Not impressed, Apple. Not Impressed.
The other two iMacs in the refurb store are the same price they have been.
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$1789 for the 3.4 refurb. Came with 2TB hard drive and 2GB video even though it was not speced and was printed on the box as 1TB drive and 1GB video! So saved a lot of money vs buying with the upgrades a few weeks ago. Like $600+. I do not see this model in the refurb store right now. It comes and goes.

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The other two iMacs in the refurb store are the same price they have been.
$979 21" 2.5GHz --> $979

$1189 21" 2.7GHz --> $1249

$1359 27" 2.7GHz --> $1419

$1599 27" 3.1GHz --> $1659
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$979 21" 2.5GHz --> $979

$1189 21" 2.7GHz --> $1249

$1359 27" 2.7GHz --> $1419

$1599 27" 3.1GHz --> $1659
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OK, stabbing at this, and is extra weird because Apple has never given an extra discount to refurbs before, but I am going in through the US EDU store, I bet you are on the regular store. Maybe? It would be new to see extra discount on refurb as far as I can recollect in 15 years of buying EDU and refurbs.
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OK, stabbing at this, and is extra weird because Apple has never given an extra discount to refurbs before, but I am going in through the US EDU store, I bet you are on the regular store. Maybe? It would be new to see extra discount on refurb as far as I can recollect in 15 years of buying EDU and refurbs.
hey your right!!! what the heck? i guess EDU discounts apply to refurbs now
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hey your right!!! what the heck? i guess EDU discounts apply to refurbs now
Except for the fact that the prices under the EDU page are the refurb original prices, so they aren't really any cheaper. But, I can also confirm that the refurb prices are normal/lower under the EDU site.
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Except for the fact that the prices under the EDU page are the refurb original prices, so they aren't really any cheaper. But, I can also confirm that the refurb prices are normal/lower under the EDU site.
do you know what i really think is going on? apple probably forgot to update the EDU price to reflect the price increase on the regular store
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do you know what i really think is going on? apple probably forgot to update the EDU price to reflect the price increase on the regular store
Last model of iMac still in the refurb store is still $1599 EDU [3.1 27"]. Just FYI.
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Last model of iMac still in the refurb store is still $1599 EDU [3.1 27"]. Just FYI.
yeah, not sure if Apple forgot to to change the Education Store pricing to reflect the prince increase on their regular site.
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Last model of iMac still in the refurb store is still $1599 EDU [3.1 27"]. Just FYI.
Would this be good for video editing?, I really wanted the i7 3.4ghz but it does not show up!
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yeah, not sure if Apple forgot to to change the Education Store pricing to reflect the prince increase on their regular site.
As far as I can see, the iMac is the only Mac with different prices EDU vs normal.
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