21.5" 2013 vs 2015 for Casual Use?

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  1. jmon22 macrumors newbie

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    Greetings,

    Picked up my first Apple computer, mid-level 2013 21.5" iMac with the 2.7ghz quad core and wondering if I should spend a bit more and upgrade to the 2015 with the similar specs for ~$95.

    I am a very casual user. Web browsing with occasional video watching mixed in. Wife does the same, plus some light photo and video editing. Is the updated processor, Thunderbolt 2 ports, and new mouse and keyboard even worth the small amount it will cost me to upgrade? Resale might also be a plus if we decide to upgrade down the line.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Yaccity macrumors member

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  3. jmon22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Non retina. Only differences would be those listed unless I missed something else.
     
  4. Yaccity macrumors member

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    You should be perfectly fine with the 2013. Just make sure you have El Capitan installed to take advantage of Metal.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I think the 2013 may represent a better buy, the fusion drive has a larger amount of flash storage and its has a nice nvidia GPU
     
  6. jmon22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually pulled the trigger on the 2015 so I could compare the two. These are open box new so I am limited to the stock 5400 hdds. If this ever hinders my use (can't notice much of a difference so far) I will buy and load from an external ssd and still save a bundle over a configured new one. Thanks everyone!
     
  7. Benny- macrumors regular

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    I have similar requirements, Photoshop, web browsing and media consumption.
    The 2010 21.5" iMac still still suits this role perfectly, the only reason I don't use it much is that portability has become more important for me.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Congrats and good luck. There's nothing wrong with the 2015 model, though I do think overall the 2013 is a nice computer.
     
  9. Dr@gonXP macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2013 iMac, 2.9 Ghz, Nvidia Graphics, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD blade for Causal Use and it works perfectly for me.
     

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