Buying a iMac (maybe used) opinion on specs?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by twinsity, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. twinsity macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Found a guy on hard times says he paid 2399 in November I am going to use for mostly music production some photoshopping will these specs hold me over for awhile? Will upgrade ram to the max
    2.7GHz quad core intil i7 6mb shared level 3 cache
    4gb of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAMM
    1TB 7200rpm hard drive
    8x slot-loading super drive DVDR DL/DVDRW/CDRW
    AMD Radeon HD 6670M graphics card with 512mb GDDR5 memory
    built in face time HD cam
    2 thunderbold ports
    SD slot firewire800 port 4 high speed 2.0 usb slots
    10/100/1000base ethernet
    802.11n wifi and bluetooth
  2. flavr macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    Depends...whats he selling it for? The only thing that could be problematic down the road is the only 512MB video card on a 27inch screen...RAM is low butyou can add that later...

    my opinion...get the new iMac i5 3.2 for $1999...comes with a bunch of upgrades including more RAM, better screen, USB 3, WAY better video card ect....this computer will be faster for your needs
  3. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Thanks ... He's selling for 1000 ... Dang all specs are confusing hahaha
  4. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2008
    It's a pretty good price! Almost too good
  5. entrywounds macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2012
    The description is for a base model 27" iMac that cost $1699 brand new at that time. Im pretty sure what he is calling a quad core i7 is actually a quad core i5 that came in the base model 27" iMac(i5-2500S). For that computer I would say that $1000 bucks is pretty average. The only reason I bring this up is because I can't stand it when sellers pump up their specs to try to make it seem like they are selling more than what they really are.
  6. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Thanks Was hoping for a quick opinion on this instead of a fees of research hahaha think i will just do it right grab a new one maybe if its not a great deal I'm not jumping on it.. Seller seemed a little fishy no pics of the specs from the computer it's self
  7. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    1 more opinion if anybody gets a chance would this hold me over ? cant hurt to ask

    Introduction Date: July 27, 2010
    Processors: 1 (4 Cores) Geekbench: 6726/7871*
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz Processor Type: Core i5 (I5-760)
    Details: This model is powered by a 64-bit Intel Core i5 "Lynnfield" processor with quad cores (four independent processor cores on a single silicon chip). Each core has one thread, for a total of four threads for the system, as well as a dedicated 256k level 2 cache. The processor cores share an 8 MB level 3 cache. It also supports "Turbo Boost" -- which "automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload" (so if an application is only using one of the four cores it will automatically increase the speed of the core in use and turn off the unused cores) -- up to 3.33 GHz when needed. However, it does not support Hyper Threading.

    Custom Speeds: 2.93 GHz (Core i7) Architecture: 64-Bit
    Processor Upgrade: LGA 1156 (Socket H)* FPU: Integrated
    System Bus Speed: 2.5 GT/s* Cache Bus Speed: 2.8 GHz (Built-in)
    ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
    L1 Cache: 32k/32k L2/L3 Cache: 256k (x 4), 8 MB
    RAM Type: PC3-10600 DDR3 Min. RAM Speed: 1333 MHz
    Details: Supports 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SO-DIMMs (204-pin).

    Standard RAM: 4 GB Maximum RAM: 32 GB*
    Details: By default, 4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB SO-DIMM modules. Two slots free.

    Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
    Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 4
    Video Card: Radeon HD 5750 VRAM Type: GDDR5
    Details: This model has an ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics processor with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.

    Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the Aluminum iMac systems? Is it upgradable?
    Standard VRAM: 1 GB Maximum VRAM: 1 GB
    Built-in Display: 27" 16:9 Widescreen Native Resolution: 2560x1440
    Details: This model has a 27" glossy LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with "IPS technology" and a native resolution of 2560x1440. Apple also reports a "typical" brightness of 375 cd/m2, and viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontal and 178 degrees vertical. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the PPI is 109.

    2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd Max. Resolution: 2560x1600
    Details: Apple reports that this model simultaneously supports the native resolution of the built-in display and up-to a 30-inch external display (2560x1600).
    Standard Hard Drive: 1 TB (7200 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
    Standard Optical: 8X DL "SuperDrive" Standard Disk: None
    Details: Apple reports that the slot-loading 8X "SuperDrive" with 4X double-layer burning (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) "writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 4x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW at up to 6x and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 24x speed."
    Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
    Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n Standard Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
    USB Ports: 4 (2.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (800)
    Details: Four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire "800" port (7 watts).
    Expansion Slots: SDXC SD Card Expansion Bays: None*
    Details: *As first documented by site sponsor OWC, this iMac has an extra 3 Gb/s Serial ATA connector and power for the optional SSD, but if one is not installed at the time the system is purchased the connector cables and mounting bracket are not present. Nevertheless, it is possible to install a 2.5" SSD in addition to the hard drive if an SSD is not installed initially it's just a bit of a "hack."
    Incl. Keyboard: Apple Wireless Keyboard Incl. Input: Magic Mouse
    Case Type: All-in-One Form Factor: iMac (Late 2009)
    Apple Order No: MC511LL/A Apple Subfamily: Mid-2010
    Apple Model No: A1312 (EMC 2390) Model ID: iMac11,3

    Battery Type: N/A Battery Life: N/A
    Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.6.3 (10D2322a) Maximum MacOS: Current*
    Minimum Windows: XP SP2 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 7 (64-Bit)**
    MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization

    Dimensions: 20.4 x 25.6 x 8.15 Avg. Weight: 30.5 lbs. (13.8 kg)
    Original Price (US): US$1999 Est. Current Retail: US$1400-US$1600
  8. SupaLawlCat macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2013
    Do you have your heart set on getting a Mac? For your needs I think a Windows based system would be better. For $1000 you could put together a brand new system with a top of the line i7 (at least 3.5GHz), 16GB of RAM and a much stronger video card. (GTX 660Ti or so. Around double the power of the 6670M in that first iMac you mentioned.)
  9. Drharrington macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    For a grand??? 1,000 bucks? Am I hearing correctly? Yeah, I'd buy that all day long if not damaged. He'll, maybe even if damaged. :confused:
  10. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    ^^^^^ for real???? are you speaking of the 2nd mac specs I posted?
  11. macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    Yep, the Graphics Card gives it way, too. I'd also check to make sure he didn't open it up and try to install an i7 processor that may not be working properly and is the reason for a quick sell. Except for the i7 description (which has a wrong speed, too BTW) it's certainly the original base model.

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