Buy or Repair

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Cynnerea, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Cynnerea macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2014
    I'm just about to buy the newest model of iMac 21.5 inch display, with the most basic specs: dual core, i5, 500GB Hard drive, 1.4GHz and Intel HD graphics 5000, this will be my second iMac, I have a mid 2011 iMac that needs to be repaired and I wonder if it'd be smarter to just repair my old mac, it'd be cheaper than buying the basic new model and I'd get (back) the following specs: intel quad core i5, AMD Radeon graphics processor, 500GB Hard drive 4 GB of ram

    I mostly use it for web browsing and video games, but I'd like to start using heavy video and photo editing programs, also keeping in mind that if I invest my money on repairing the old one instead of buying the new one I'd like it to last just as much
  2. rapicell macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    The base model iMac, while having newer tech, isn't that too powerful if you want to be doing video editing. You'd probably be better off getting your current iMac repaired since it has its own graphics card compared to the integrated one that the newer iMac has.

    However, I'm sure for basic tasks, the difference in their power won't be noticeable, but for video editing I'd think the older iMac would do better, but I could be wrong.
  3. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    If you do photo/video editing, the old one will be much better suited for the work, considering it has a quad core processor and discrete graphics. If you really want to get an iMac and you want to do more than browse the web, a refurbished quad core model will serve you much better and it will cost about the same amount. Look at this one. For what you pay, it is easily worth the $150 difference.

    If you cannot afford $1270, you should repair your old computer. I really wouldn't recommend the new iMac to anyone. There have been many threads about this topic, with many contrasting opinions. It is hard to account for all economic factors that play into your decision, but assuming you value longevity, resale value, and user experience to some extent, there is little value in the new 21" dual core iMac relative to other Apple products.

  4. Cynnerea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2014
    My first resource was to purchase a refurbished iMac but since I live outside the US I wasn't able to, sadly

    I shall put more thought into it then, thank you, Matt!
  5. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    Just to give you an idea, the 2011 iMac you have, assuming it is the baseline model, has about 140% the processing power of the new 2014 model. The 6750m in the baseline 2011 model has about 110% the 3D rendering power of the HD 5000 graphics in the 2014 model. You can also upgrade the RAM in the 2011 model if you want to. It is near impossible in the 2012-2014 models.

    The baseline 2013 model has about 200% the processing power of the new 2014 model. The 750m in the 2013 model has about 250% the 3D rendering power of the HD 5000 graphics in the 2014 model.


    Graphics (using 3D Mark 11 P GPU, card numbers 104, 191, and 242)-

    CPU (64bit multicore)-
  6. cebseb macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    I would definitely stick with repairing the old iMac.

    However, have you ever looked into getting a Mac mini perhaps? You have to purchase a display, but at least you can keep that for your next upgrade.
  7. dollystereo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2004
    What's wrong with your old imac?
    It may be the AMD issue, then there is a repair program.
  8. Cynnerea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2014
    It got fried by lightning, it was connected to a no break but it passed through the ethernet cable, big issue with our ISP, they didn't warn us they used copper cables for their signal unprotectedly, we have to replace the logic card and power source


    Great, I certainly hope so!
    Thank you :)

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