2013 iMac or not...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SCMedic, May 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    I have a mid-2010 27" iMac with 2.8ghz Intel Core i5 processor, 16 GB of Ram, ATI Radeon HD 5750 1024 MB graphics card and a 1TB hard drive. I've noticed lately that it's been struggling with HD video rendering and I'm getting the spinning beach ball on occasion.

    I'm considering selling it and picking up one of the new 27" models. Is the performance difference going to be that apparent over what I have? Is it worth the upgrade?

    Thanks guys!
  2. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    Yes. Max it out with 680mx and the i7 3.5. Get the fusion or ssd depending on cost.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    I'd like to keep the budget around 2k if possible.

    Was just weighing the pro's and con's and trying to see if I'd really see a performance upgrade in the newer model that'd be worth the money.

    2nd question is this.. Why the increase in spinning beach balls over the last couple months? Hard drive failing? Would like to figure this out before I sell it.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Could be that your usages have increased and the processor cannot keep up.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    Interestingly, my typical usage and workflows haven't changed in the last year.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2012
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Your 2010 iMac is worth 1000 ballpark. A topped out 2013 is 28-2950 or so. Might fit the 2k budget if you can float the 1000 during the swap.
    Buying from a no tax dealer helps ;)
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    Recommend a non-apple dealer?

    Floating the 1k doesn't matter too much. I'm going to sell it to a friend for $950.


    Or I could have just followed that link... lol

    So how about the fusion option... Worth the extra money?
  9. macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I feel the urge to buy a new iMac 2013 with the default i5 3.2ghz, 32gb ram, 2gb graphics, 3tb fusion, to replace my i7 2.8ghz, 8gb of ram, 1tb hdd and 512mb ati card.

    Would i do be downgrading with the processor or would it serve me fine for gaming.
  10. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    Increase in beachballs is almost always hardware. If it's not directly hardware it's typically drivers used by peripheral hardware. Video rendering in most applications has nothing to do with the gpu. It's typically 100% cpu bound. I don't know why people keep spreading fud on that. You don't need a 680mx unless the application doing this both leverages the gpu in functions that matter to you and really sees a true increase in performance from that hardware difference. I would check hard drive and ram first for beachballs. If you've added any new peripheral devices, try it without them. Disk warrior used to reduce hard drive beach balls when I used a Mac that specifically booted from an HDD. If you went for something along the lines of the base 27" you might see rendering complete 20% faster. The beachballing issue might be something that could be solved on your current machine.

    This forum generates a lot of bad advice from people who don't know anything, like the 680MX comment.

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