First iMac for parents

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jffras33, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Jffras33 macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2012

    My parents have been bitten by the apple bug and have been talking about finally making the switch from Dell. I have decided this will make an excellent Xmas gift and need a little help. They do basic computing tasks (Internet, spreadsheets, and casino type games) so I think the 21.5 inch is enough for them. I'd like them to be able to keep it for five years or so, so do you think it makes sense to upgrade RAM or to fusion? Base or higher end 21.5? It may be more than they need but want to make sure it works for a while.

    Thanks for any input
  2. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Base model perfect solution. They're actually the very type its aimed at. And with 8gb ram in it, it'll be future proof for 3-4 OS updates at least.

    I did this with my 56yo brother and 60yo sister, 5 and 2 years ago respectively....they friggin love it.
  3. AppleMooseMan macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2012
    Add the fusion drive, the speed increase from a 5400 rpm drive is very noticeable. They will be extra thankful :)
  4. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    I got the base for my Aunt to give to my Uncle that turns 85 this weekend.
  5. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I don't think they need any upgrades. But if you do want to do one I'd vote for the Fusion drive.
  6. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
  7. Siderz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
  8. Hamburger macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2011
    I am wondering about the same.
    Played with the new iMac today and really like. But are my more or less basic computing needs - similar to those of OP's parents - really worth 450 extra Euros to get the Fusion drive? Fusion only speeds up booting, right?
  9. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    What kind of job do people have that they can afford a $2,000+ gift for their parents?
  10. bigcat318 macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2007
    Not everyone is a teenager.
  11. 6ftunder macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2011
    some are doctors, some architects... some just save up.
  12. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    True, some have foreclosed on their houses, some have been laid off, some have had their house taken into the ocean, some beg for change on the streets...
  13. kaelell macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2009
    If money is a factor, then I would say no upgrades are needed and given their use it will last over 5 years easy, maybe just give it a fresh install in a few years time..If anything the machine is way overpowered and overpriced for their needs, but if you can afford it and they like the look then why not.
  14. bigcat318 macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2007
    And others didn't have any of those things happen.

    Edit: Honestly you asked what jobs people had, so this whole comment by you is irrelevant. You are now bringing in a whole group of circumstances.
  15. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    I agree, however a $450 dollar price premium over the base is pretty steep (since you can't get Fusion on the entry level iMac).
  16. tuccillo macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2012
    If you can find one of the Apple website, buy them a refurbed 2011 21.5" base for $979. You need to keep checking - they do show up regularly. Add an additional 4 GBs for $20 to bring it up to 8GBs. This is most likely way more computer than they need and makes the most sense economically. There is no point in buying more computer than you need and the 2012 iMacs are substantially higher cost and there is no reasonable expectation that they will have a longer useful life.
  17. vladfein macrumors regular

    May 28, 2012
    Since everything is relative, it will help to know - from WHAT Dell exactly?
    If, for example, they use 24" monitor, this will be a step down, even though it might be a better quality.
  18. tuccillo macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2012
    The Apple website has $979 refurbed 2011 21.5" today.
  19. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    Which was followed by someone insinuating that I'm a "teenager".
  20. Razorhog macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    Hey, I've been a teenager for 22 years now - it's all good :D
  21. bigcat318 macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2007
    You easily could have been, I know nothing about you. Don't ask questions you dont want answers to. Nothing is ridiculous about my answer.
  22. Jffras33 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2012

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