Buying Question - 2011 iMac 21.5'' 3.6GHz, Intel Core 5, 8GB RAM, OS X 10.6.8, good?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aymeee, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi everybody! I'm new here and have recently been trying to purchase a used iMac.

    I came across someone selling one with these specs:

    2011 iMac 21.5'' 3.6gHz, intel core 5, 8gb RAM, OSX 10.6.8
    comes with bluetooth keyboard but wired mouse.

    I'm not sure if this is good for what I will be using the computer for. I will be using it primarily for work in adobe photoshop, illustrator, after effects, and video.

    The price I was given was $750 and I have no idea what a computer with those specs is going for. Is that good or should I keep looking?

    Any help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! :)
     
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    phoenixsan

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    If....

    that computer is a iMac, mid-2010 (last I remember with a 3.6 GHz processor), then you are having a good deal. But still, good care of the machine, no cosmetic and functional issues, and some AppleCare left dont hurt...If the computer has the 1 TB stock disk, maybe you have to upgrade it, because media files can be big. And going up to the 16 GB of RAM can be also a toughtful investment. I will not pay more than $800-900 in that machine, FYI...


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    RedCroissant

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    I would drop the offer a bit since the owner is keeping the magic mouse that it came with. I know it's just a personal preference, but when the machine comes with the wireless keyboard and magic mouse, I would include them in the sale.

    And as previous poster said, upgrade the RAM, but as of right now since you can find firewire drives cheaper than usual, get a high capacity external firewire drive and you should be good to go. Upgrade the internal HDD later.
     
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    Spink10

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    Magic Mouse sells for $40 + used
     
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    Yebubbleman

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    That's a Mid 2010 model. It's possible that it was purchased in 2011 before the release of the Mid 2011 models, but still be advised. For that price, it's not bad; though it's still a 2009-2011 iMac, and thusly an unreliable Mac compared to literally every other Mac made in that time period.
     
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    RedCroissant

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    And even though $40 is arguably inexpensive, it's still an extra expense. I don't use my original mouse with the trackball because the trackball gets annoying and doesn't stay clean. With the MM or MT, at least they stay clean and continue to work.

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    What makes that Mac, since it's a 2009-2011 iMac, an unreliable Mac compared to literally every other Mac made in that time period?

    I have an early 2009 iMac that's still working properly. My wife has a late 2009 iMac that is also working properly and normally and actually didn't end up needing AppleCare either.
     
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    Spink10

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    O yeah - I totally agree - I think if they dont include the magic mouse the price should be less.
     
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    RedCroissant

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    Hey OP,

    Is the seller going to give you the original Snow Leopard discs as well? If not, I would pass on the deal, even thought the price seems to be good. I would start to question the seller's motives and intentions if things that were included with the original purchase(especially with such a new computer) are not being included in this sale.
     

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