2009 27" iMac Advice

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  1. willmtaylor macrumors G3

    willmtaylor

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    Our family bought a 27" iMac 11,1 in 2009 for my wife's graduate studies. It's a quad core i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB 7200 RPM HDD. It's now a family computer/hub for photos, videos, music, word processing, email, bills, etc. We don't have a viable laptop (2-3 iPads and 2-3 iPhones). The iMac still works reliably but is now slowing down a bit.

    Here's my question: what would be the most economical long-term solution?
    • Replace HDD with a SSD?
    • Upgrade memory?
    • Sell iMac and get a new iMac?
    • Sell iMac and get a laptop of some sort?
    Can anyone ballpark the cost/benefit of these options? I like technology, but the most significant computer repair I've ever performed is a RAM upgrade in this iMac. :-/

    Thanks for any advice you can offer!
    Will
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Replace the HDD with an SSD. I did that to my similar-speced mid 2010 27" iMac (as well as a clean El Capitan install) and it no longer feels slow like it used to.
     
  3. willmtaylor thread starter macrumors G3

    willmtaylor

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    If I've never done much upgrade work, do you think this is something that I could do myself, or am I better of letting a local shop take care of it? How much fiscal investment am I looking at for parts? $200-$300 or so?
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 603

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    It depends how confident you are, but there are kits and online guides you can follow. If you plan to completely replace the HDD (as I did), you'll need the OWC temperature sensor or another way of controlling the fan speed.
     
  5. Easttime macrumors 6502

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    I just went through this. I bought the OWC SSD kit online (excellent service) but then I made the mistake of thinking I could install it myself. I am no stranger to modifying PCs, but iMacs are a different story. In spite of studying every online video and taking what I thought was great care, I broke mine somehow which led to an expensive repair bill. Wish I had just bought the SSD kit and then taken it into the local Apple-authorized repair shop to let them install it. Only a half hour job for a pro. Fixed now, and my old iMac feels like a 2016 model. Very fast boot.

    Plan backups first.
     
  6. willmtaylor thread starter macrumors G3

    willmtaylor

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    Ok, that's really helpful. I may buy the OWC kit and call a local shop. Thanks for the advice. Glad it made a difference.

    Do you mind telling me what you paid for the kit?
     
  7. Easttime macrumors 6502

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    The prices are posted on their website. Several options. Good luck!
     

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