2011 27" iMac or 2013 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by biggiet4jets, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. biggiet4jets macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2013
    On the refurbished store there is a 2011 2.7Ghz quad core i7 with 4gb of ram, 1tb 7200 hard drive, slot loading SuperDrive and AMD Radeon HD 6770m with 512mb of DDR5 memory. I love this set up and it's only $1129.

    There 2013 is 3.2ghz quad core i5 processor with 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, 8gb of ram and a nvidia GeForce gt 755m with 1GB of DDR5 memory. This one is $1529.

    I would be using this iMac for everyday things, some programming with Java, running pages, keynote, iPhoto, iTunes, numbers, Logic Pro, and a windows 7 VM.

    If Anyone has any input, it would would be greatly appreciated.

  2. pscl macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2013
    well depending on what you are about to do with the imac (gaming?), you probably should take the one with the better gpu. if you are no gamer (or just playing games like LoL etc.), the 2011 imac will be a good value.
    the 6770m is not really a beast.
  3. biggiet4jets thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2013
    No I don't do PC gaming and ya the newer model does have a better graphics card
  4. pscl macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2013
    then go for the 2011.

    if you want to, you can upgrade the ram by yourself and exchange the hdd for an ssd drive. will be a good speedboost for your system.
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    2011 has USB 2.0 and 2013 has USB 3.0, also with the extra ram the 2013 has, it's less likely you'll need to add ram.
  6. pscl macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2013
    personally, i would do the same.
  7. biggiet4jets thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2013
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    FYI, the RAM on the current 21" is NOT user-accessible. Buy whatever RAM you need when you order the machine. It is, however, user-upgradable on the 27".
  9. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    The 2011 is easier to upgrade than the 2013; I think they all had the magnetic screen attachments. Not for eveyone, but if you're a DIYer then you could add stuff to it you couldn't with the 2013.
  10. Arfdog macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2013
    The 2012/2013 runs much cooler and more efficiently, it's got more computing power, it's a win-win all around over the 2011.

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