Another "Which should I buy?" Thread

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DUDEMANGUY5, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. DUDEMANGUY5 macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone!

    I am now in the market for an iMac.
    I am a student (looking to save some money) and am eligible to get the back to school promotion!

    I do a little video editing, a bit of the Sims (and SimCity when it comes out for Mac), Photoshop, and web browsing as well as backing up my iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

    Anyway, I want an iMac for the large screen and the powerhouse processor as well as the large amount of storage space so I can just "throw" all of my photos and videos on it whenever I want and not worry about space.
    Right now, I have a 2010 MacBook Pro 13" (250GB) and a 2012 MacBook Air (128GB SSD) and I am running out of space.
    I do own external hard drives but I don't like having to carry them around and using up my USB ports.

    The 2 iMacs that I am considering are:

    The late 2012 27", 3.2 i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB FusionDrive, 675MX 1GB graphics for $2124 (With $100 back to school promotion)

    or

    Refurb Late 2012 27", 3.4 i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB FusionDrive, 680MX 2GB graphics for $2199 (not eligible for back to school promotion)

    I have never bought a refurbished model before and I wanted to know other people's experiences with Apple's Refurb department.

    Also, If you have another recommendation for my needs let me know!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
    Click the link in that quote for more details on the refurbishment process.
    • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are available online from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold in local Apple stores
    • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
    • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
    • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
    • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
    • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
    • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
    • A refurb Mac may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
    • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
    • If you're looking for a particular item, refurb.me can alert you when it becomes available.
     
  3. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    I personally have not had a refurb mac from Apple, but I have gotten refurb ipads, and it was basically like new. From what i hear the macs are the same. So there should be no problem going the refurb route. Out of the two, I would say go with the refurb. You wont get an itunes gift card, but you will have a better computer for the long haul.
     
  4. KaraH macrumors 6502

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    I would go with the refurb. That is a good deal.
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    I say go with the refurbished, that's a really good deal. I've gotten 3 refurbished products now from Apple.
     
  6. Shane1905 macrumors regular

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    Yep, another vote for the Refurb here. Thats a great deal for the spec and will last you a good 5 years.
     
  7. pingfan59 macrumors member

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    Another vote for the refurb.

    .2 ghz increase and i7 processor instead of i5
    1gb additional graphics memory

    For $75 is a deal, especially for items that you cannot upgrade yourself later.
     
  8. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I've bought refurbs and were always impressed with the value.

    I'm waiting for the Haswell iMac refresh (for 802.11ac and PCIe SSD) so that will be the first non-refurb Mac I have bought in years.
     
  9. DUDEMANGUY5 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does anybody know the read/write speeds of the 7200rpm hard drives as well?
    That's another viable option to save money
     
  10. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    Once you go SSD, you'll never go back. Spinners just can't even compete.

    I paid $2420 (+tax) for that refurb 680MX model new, except with i5 instead of i7. It's a really good deal.

    Note that nothing you're doing will really take advantage of the 680MX yet. I don't think SimCity will stress it either. But it's good to have around at that price.
     
  11. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Exactly. Even at Apple's ruinous prices for the things, the value is still apparent.
     

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