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Herdfan

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Apr 11, 2011
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I have a 2011 27" iMac with the Core i7.

For the second time in less than a year, the video card has died. It was 4 months out of the Apple extension on this warranty issue the first time so it cost me about $600 to fix.

Now the replacement video card is dead.

So do I spend another $600 plus whatever it cost to replace the existing HDD with a SSD or do I just bite the bullet and get a new one. The one I spec'd would be a 3.2 i5 with a 1TB Fusion and 16 GB Ram. But the buyer's guide is saying Caution on this model.

I would guess even going down a processor that this machine would perform better than my old one.

Or possibly a refurb with an Nvidia GPU vs. the AMD one that has dies twice. I can get a decent refurb for anywhere between $15-1800 that would be compatible to my current machine.

Or go all out and get a Pro even though the buyer's guide has it as a No.

Thoughts.
 

Herdfan

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Is there no warranty on the new card?

No. I bought it online, tried to install it myself, gave up and had a local Apple Authorized Service Center install it. Tried to save a few $ and got bit.
 
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theatremusician

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Dec 17, 2013
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Get a newer model and release yourself from the headache of the older machine. Also, get a power conditioner. Sometimes bad electricity can cause odd failures.
 
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