2010 27" iMac - Still Viable?

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  1. Patron_Saint Suspended

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    Is a 2010, 27" iMac still a viable option for modern macOS, factoring in a RAM upgrade to 16GB? Looking at both quad core i5 and i7 configurations.

    Primary uses would be:

    Media - music, videos, DVDs
    Light web design (Rapidweaver)
    Photoshop
    iOS Development
    Light gaming (WoW, Source games, Minecraft)
    Target Display Mode w/ consoles. (Hence looking at a 2010, as this is possible via mini display port, but not thunderbolt.)
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    You didn't tell us if you already have this Mac, or if you are considering buying one.

    My opinion only:

    ... it will run a modern Mac OS, but the user experience may be more like the OS is "walking" rather than "running".

    Since the advent of Sierra, the Mac OS seems to have been engineered to run best on Macs that have:
    1. An SSD, or
    2. A "fusion" drive (SSD+HDD).

    Macs with only platter-based hard drives are going to experience a "speed hit", often a significant one.

    Memory can help -a little-, but the problem really is the drive itself.

    If you already have this Mac, what version of the OS is it running now?

    I'd suggest 10.8.5 as "the best" one.
     
  3. Patron_Saint thread starter Suspended

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    I'm considering buying - currently have no Mac at all, and use an iPad Pro as my main device.

    My options are a refurb with 90 day warranty for $650, or used for $500-700, but obviously with no warranty.

    An SSD would likely be an upgrade I'd eventually add.
     
  4. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    See the iMac in my sig. Still running strong and adequate for light gaming. This is also due to the ssd I put in last year. Else it's so slow. However, it's 6 years, probably going to update when the next iMac comes out.
     
  5. Patron_Saint thread starter Suspended

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    Is the HDD slowness due to age, or lack of optimization in macOS for non SSDs?
     
  6. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    The ssd is so much more snappier. Programs open instantly, loading times disappear, copying of files goes much faster. I don't think it was because the hd was 5 years old, I still use it for bootcamp and os 10.8. OsX has become much fatter and the more you install... A ssd really helps overall performance as the hd was the bottleneck and holding the system down.
     
  7. Patron_Saint thread starter Suspended

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    Thanks for the info. I know the pre-2012 iMacs are much easier to work on - is the SSD install fairly straightforward?
     
  8. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    Yes! Just take your time, do a backup before you start (timemachine) and have another Mac or iPad next to you with the how to video of OWC. I ordered their kit and a Samsung 850 Evo. Make sure you watch their video a couple of times before you start.
     
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  10. padams35 macrumors member

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    Not really. It is somewhat involved and requires a bit more manual dexterity than the install videos imply. It is certainly doable but when I upgraded my 2011 I was constantly wishing I had a second pair of smaller hands.
     
  11. JGC1986 macrumors regular

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    I'm debating trading my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro for a Mid 2010 27" iMac myself.
     
  12. EugW macrumors 68000

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    It's way easier to put an SSD in the MacBook Pro.
     
  13. JGC1986 macrumors regular

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    Yeah if I keep my MacBook Pro it's getting an SSD and 8GB, maybe 12GB of RAM before High Sierra releases.
     
  14. redheeler macrumors 603

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    A bit easier, yes. But the pluses to the iMac are also huge: Core i5 instead of Core 2 Duo, 27" screen instead of 13", dedicated graphics card. I'd take the iMac over the MacBook Pro any day.
     
  15. reukiodo macrumors member

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    Why not both? :D
     
  16. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    Suggest you try for an i7, 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD and the heat sensor kit from OWC for mine.
     

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