Buying an Old Imac 2009 vs. 2011

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aggiebradley, Apr 3, 2017.


Which one?

  1. 2009 21.5" iMac for $375

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  2. 2011 21.5" iMac for $550

  1. aggiebradley macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2014
    Two options Both are 21.5 imacs in really good condition:

    $375 for:
    Late 2009 iMac 21.5"
    3.06 GHz Processor
    16GB RAM
    500GB HD
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400 256MB
    Mac OS 10.11.6 (El Cap)
    Serial number QP0101FT5PK

    or $550 for mid-2011:
    ILife 11, Office 11
    Adobe Master suite CS5.5
    Final Cut Pro
    Windows 7

    The iMac Quad Core 2.5 GHz Intel "Core i5" I5-2400S (Sandy Bridge) processor with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and a 6 MB shared level 3 cache. In lieu of a system bus, it has a "Direct Media Interface" (DMI) that "connects between the processor and chipset" at 5 GT/s.

    8 GB of RAM (1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM),
    500 GB (7200 RPM) hard drive,
    DVD+R DL "SuperDrive"
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.

    my Biggest concern is buying the $375, and it being a 2009 model, but for ~$175 more I could have a 2 year newer model?

  2. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    I recommend Buying as much computer as your present computer needs dictate and what you can afford.

    I gather that both of these machines meets your needs, so, if you can afford it buy the "newer" model.

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