Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Buying Tips and Advice

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Mar 30, 2013, 06:04 PM   #1
Davmeister
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: From Oxford, studying in Cardiff, UK
Late 2012 iMac HDD Speed = Deciding factor

Hi all, need some advice.

Parents' iMac G5 finally given up the ghost.

They're set on an iMac.

We can't afford an SSD or, really, a fusion drive.

On the other hand I am loath to get the stock 5200rpm HDD for 2 reasons. 1. Its even slower than last years HD (despite increased cache) and 2. over time it will slow considerably.

Whats the best option?

Cheap Macbook with SSD-->External display and keyboard/mouse?

Get pre-2012 iMac and swap out HDD for SSD?

Live with it...it won't slow that much?

What would you do? Hope I'm clear in this post...

Thanks in advance
__________________
Yes. I own Apple products.
Medical Student in Cardiff, UK
Davmeister is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 30, 2013, 06:07 PM   #2
jamesjingyi
macrumors 6502a
 
jamesjingyi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Send a message via Skype™ to jamesjingyi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davmeister View Post
Hi all, need some advice.

Parents' iMac G5 finally given up the ghost.

They're set on an iMac.

We can't afford an SSD or, really, a fusion drive.

On the other hand I am loath to get the stock 5200rpm HDD for 2 reasons. 1. Its even slower than last years HD (despite increased cache) and 2. over time it will slow considerably.

Whats the best option?

Cheap Macbook with SSD-->External display and keyboard/mouse?

Get pre-2012 iMac and swap out HDD for SSD?

Live with it...it won't slow that much?

What would you do? Hope I'm clear in this post...

Thanks in advance
Live with it The HDD wont slow down over time it might just.... Break. Don't forget, HDDs aren't exactly slow, they still do everything that one would want from them, you may have snappier performance with an SSD and I would think very arefully myself when getting my next laptop due to the SSD on my MBA but they still have large storage capacities and are cheap. Don't fret, they're still good! I would be so happy with an iMac, it doesn't matter about the SSD!
__________________
11" MacBook Air 2012, iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Grey, iPad Mini 32GB, 160 GB iPod Classic <3
20GB free storage here
My blog which is updated... Sometimes... Twitter: @jamesjingyi Tumblr Ello
jamesjingyi is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 30, 2013, 07:52 PM   #3
Santabean2000
macrumors 65816
 
Santabean2000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davmeister View Post
Hi all, need some advice.

Parents' iMac G5 finally given up the ghost.

They're set on an iMac.

We can't afford an SSD or, really, a fusion drive.

On the other hand I am loath to get the stock 5200rpm HDD for 2 reasons. 1. Its even slower than last years HD (despite increased cache) and 2. over time it will slow considerably.

Whats the best option?

Cheap Macbook with SSD-->External display and keyboard/mouse?

Get pre-2012 iMac and swap out HDD for SSD?

Live with it...it won't slow that much?

What would you do? Hope I'm clear in this post...

Thanks in advance
If you can't afford the Fusion upgrade, then you prob can't afford AppleCare - which is compulsory, (as far as I'm concerned with the iMacs).

Just buy the base cMBP; just as capable (for parents), and it is a lot easier to manage and support by yourself.
Santabean2000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2013, 07:37 PM   #4
Davmeister
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: From Oxford, studying in Cardiff, UK
Actually we can afford it as I'm a student and it only costs 50. Also I'm less convinced of the need for AppleCare on desktops, whatever your personal experience might have been.

What's a cMBP? They don't want too small a screen and to be bending their necks...

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesjingyi View Post
Live with it The HDD wont slow down over time it might just.... Break. Don't forget, HDDs aren't exactly slow, they still do everything that one would want from them, you may have snappier performance with an SSD and I would think very arefully myself when getting my next laptop due to the SSD on my MBA but they still have large storage capacities and are cheap. Don't fret, they're still good! I would be so happy with an iMac, it doesn't matter about the SSD!
Gotcha. I'm just worried because the only reason the iMac g5 we have is going us because its slowed to a crawl despite repeated wipes. Processor and graphics card just isn't important to my parents
Davmeister is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2013, 07:44 PM   #5
jamesjingyi
macrumors 6502a
 
jamesjingyi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Send a message via Skype™ to jamesjingyi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davmeister View Post
Actually we can afford it as I'm a student and it only costs 50. Also I'm less convinced of the need for AppleCare on desktops, whatever your personal experience might have been.

What's a cMBP? They don't want too small a screen and to be bending their necks...

----------



Gotcha. I'm just worried because the only reason the iMac g5 we have is going us because its slowed to a crawl despite repeated wipes. Processor and graphics card just isn't important to my parents
iMac for you then! Enjoy!

Ps cMBP is a 'common MacBook Pro'... Normal one, no retina... 15" is nice and big but portable.
__________________
11" MacBook Air 2012, iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Grey, iPad Mini 32GB, 160 GB iPod Classic <3
20GB free storage here
My blog which is updated... Sometimes... Twitter: @jamesjingyi Tumblr Ello
jamesjingyi is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2013, 07:46 PM   #6
Davmeister
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: From Oxford, studying in Cardiff, UK
Thanks all. Stock iMac it is.
Davmeister is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2013, 08:12 PM   #7
B...
macrumors 68000
 
B...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesjingyi View Post
iMac for you then! Enjoy!

Ps cMBP is a 'common MacBook Pro'... Normal one, no retina... 15" is nice and big but portable.
No, c. is classic. u. is unibody and r. is retina.
B... is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 2, 2013, 05:09 AM   #8
jamesjingyi
macrumors 6502a
 
jamesjingyi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Send a message via Skype™ to jamesjingyi
Quote:
Originally Posted by B... View Post
No, c. is classic. u. is unibody and r. is retina.
Ahh ok thanks I always get confused.... Why classic though?? Its not old!
__________________
11" MacBook Air 2012, iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Grey, iPad Mini 32GB, 160 GB iPod Classic <3
20GB free storage here
My blog which is updated... Sometimes... Twitter: @jamesjingyi Tumblr Ello
jamesjingyi is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Buying Tips and Advice

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
External HDD - speed limiting factor? splitpea Mac Peripherals 16 Apr 6, 2013 04:06 PM
Temperature and Fan speed test - Late 2012 iMac newtumor iMac 4 Jan 13, 2013 08:31 AM
iMac 2012 late HDD using SATA2? bugbear99 iMac 8 Dec 29, 2012 08:54 AM
What HDD in your late 2012 iMac swee5420 iMac 20 Dec 24, 2012 08:39 AM
Blackmagic disk speed test late 2012 imac CaptMike iMac 12 Dec 4, 2012 02:23 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:46 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC