Considering a prev gen 21.5" - Will this work?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by xheathen, May 30, 2011.

  1. xheathen macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    Hi all,

    Not too long ago I ended up just upgrading my Windows box a new Sandy Bridge platform, and honestly I'm having buyers remorse like crazy. I was planning on trying to get a mac mini and the update really is just dragging on. So I pulled the trigger on an upgraded Windows machine and really just regret it.

    I'm back to trying to switch from Windows to Mac. To save some money I was considering going with a refurb 21.5" previous generation i3.

    I'm a freelance designer that does a lot of print graphics and web development stuff, so I'll be using Coda + Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. Add in browsers, iTunes and other lighter programs and the occasional game and that sums up my computer usage.

    Can that iMac handle it? Or am I going to be dying for some more speed? Or maybe I should wait for the current generation iMac to come up as a refurb? Or maybe try and find one on ebay w/ applecare? I'm just trying to be very budget conscious because I don't have a ton to spend, and I have to buy new software with it as well (Upgrade to CS5 from my current CS4 just to use it).

    Any ideas are super helpful :)
  2. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    Why the regret? Aint your pc use a quite up-to-date hardware? Is it because of windows or what? Well i'd say go with base 21.5" iMac 2011. It's a real powerhouse on a reasonable price. Performance difference between stock iMacs is quite small, unless u upgrade to i7, all i5 used on current iMac is quite similar.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Yes, a previous gen i3 would handle that fine.
  4. aniketroxx macrumors member


    Feb 10, 2011
  5. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    It's a lot of little things. It was the 4 hours of fiddling with the drivers to get my monitor to work, only to find out the HDMI cable for some reason conflicts with the new Intel drivers. So I had to use the DVI cable, but wasted half the day.

    Randomly I'll come back to my desk and it'll have restarted and I can't seem to find the problem as it works flawlessly the rest of the time.

    Getting a new computer and switching out things like iTunes is a HUGE pain in the ass.

    The list kind of goes on for a ton of small things that are just slightly annoying.

    I don't mind windows so much as a whole - I think Win7 was such a vast update that they definitely have a competing set of functionality. But I kind of like the way apple functions a little better as an OS. What I specifically dig is the program management between spaces and expose. I find I can manage far more effectively with that combination.

    My wife has a mac mini, and every single gadget in our house is apple. I just prefer to work on her system in general. Obviously I have some qualms as no OS is perfect, but between the small headaches and just having a generally more integrated feeling with all our other platforms, I just regret keeping my machine the only Windows machine in the house.
  6. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    Good to hear that it can probably handle that. I was thinking about just getting into it as long as I can run my business until maybe a year or two down the road save up enough to just go all out and get a more mid-range with a large monitor.

    I've got a 24" right now, but it's not IPS and I've had issues recently where I'm just not seeing the correct colors (the prints look a little too different for my taste). So I had planned on using my 24" as a 2nd monitor, but using the 21.5" IPS panel to make sure I'm seeing the colors I think I'm seeing.

    I was in the middle of shopping for an IPS panel for this reason and just stopped myself thinking I needed to just switch over if I'm planning to in the future AND looking to drop another several hundred on a new IPS panel. Possibly save up a little more and try to get the i3 27" from last year. I still have some saving to do though...
  7. caughtintheweb macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    Why dont you buy the previous generation i7 2.93 Ghz? Its on the refurb store for 1539. I think it will handle all your needs for years to come. Its a steal of a deal if you dont mind not having thunderbolt ports.

    I got that model couple of weeks back and my usage is very similar to yours. I primarily use it to edit and touch up pictures in my CS5 and its so damn fast in the i7.

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