Buying maxed-out 21.5" 2013

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bastiaanonline, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. bastiaanonline macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2014

    For almost a year I have been waiting for a real upgrade of the 21.5 iMac but to no avail. Now my mid 2009 MBP really starts having issues and after saving up for years and waiting for one year it's time to buy a new machine.

    My intention is to buy the 21.5 inch late 2013 model with the 3.1 GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and the 750m. I get the educational discount so it's around $2k total.

    Now I read the i7 gives some fan issues, and I'm not completely sure about my choice. Mostly I will be programming and compiling, having a lot of Safari windows and tabs open, Filezilla, Photoshop, that kind of stuff. I just want it to be run extremely smooth since I'm so done with the waiting ten seconds for Safari to open and then crash.

    Any advice or insight on this choice?
  2. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    The fan usually only kicks in when editing videos or playing games so you should be fine. At worst, it's only noise.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I have the exact same model.

    It's completely silent except when editing 4K videos or doing rendering, and even so, it's just a soft whir.
  4. heymadmat macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2012
  5. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    The i7 should be a safe bet. However, from your description of the typical usage, it probably isn't needed and you could save a couple hundred $$ and still have a terrific machine.

    With the 16 GB RAM and SSD it will be very fast with or without the i7.

    Whatever your choice, enjoy your new iMac - will be worth the wait.
  6. bastiaanonline thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2014
    Thanks everyone for the comments!

    I'm going to order it with the i7, so I'll have the power when I need it. Thanks for pointing out it isn't very hard on the fan :)

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