Buying used Late 2015 27" base model 1300$ Worth it?

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  1. MALmen macrumors member

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    Is it worth it? Thinking of might use and external SSD as boot drive.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    $1,300 isn't bad, and your idea to use an external SSD to be your boot drive is a good one, as well.

    Keep in mind that an external booter (I would consider USB3 to be the preferred "way to go", best bang for the buck) will not be as fast as would be an internally-mounted PCI-e flash SSD.
    Nevertheless, the speeds would be "good enough" -- you'll probably get reads in the neighborhood of 430mbps.

    You could buy a "bare" 2.5" SSD and mount it in the enclosure of your choice.
    Or, buy a "plug it in and go" SSD like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZTRY532?tag=delt-20

    Some folks have them velcro'd to the back of the iMac's stand, up and out-of-the-way.
     
  3. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like a good price.

    You would experience better performance installing the SSD inside the iMac rather than externally.
     
  4. MALmen, Sep 2, 2016
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    MALmen thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for greats answers, i was thinking of using a Samsung T3 drive as external boot drive, or let the local repair show install an internal SSD.
     
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    I've installed the SSD internally. It takes less than an hour.
     
  6. MALmen thread starter macrumors member

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    Which Adapter did you use? Did you use any temp sensor cable?
     
  7. tubeexperience, Sep 2, 2016
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    tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    I use this temperature sensor cable:
    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD12/

    The adapter I used is a 2.5" to 3.5" hard drive mounting kit from Rosewill.

    I also used an iMac Opening Wheel from iFixit to cut the adhesive.
    https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/iMac-Opening-Wheel/IF145-219-4

    Instruction: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+27-Inch+Retina+5K+Display+Hard+Drive+Replacement/30522
     
  8. MALmen thread starter macrumors member

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  9. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    Samsung 850 EVO
     
  10. MALmen thread starter macrumors member

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    I called the local repair shop and they said that the temp sensor Cable no longer works on the newest Imac %K and ju have to adjust fan speed with software?
     
  11. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    It should unless Apple did a silent refresh and changed something that I haven't heard about.
     

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