Fix & Upgrade or Replace

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Herdfan, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. Herdfan macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2011
    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.

  2. jmiddel macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2010
    Land of Enchantment
  3. Herdfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2011
    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.
  4. theatremusician macrumors member


    Dec 17, 2013
    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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