Help with choosing imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by intro85, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. intro85 macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2014
    Hello everyone,
    I am new to this forum and also new with imac. I have used it in a past a bit but newer owned one before. Recently I decided to buy imac since my pc is too old and since I use other apple products I decided for imac because I am not big fan of laptops.

    The problem is new 5k imac which messed up my plans a bit :)
    I was almost sure that I want late 2013 3.4 i5 8gb Ram 1Tb HDD or fusion drive imac. But since 5k was released I really can't decide.
    Saving money is not priority but I really can't go over 2.500 eu because I am casual user, and not professional. I mostly use it for internet surfing, playing movies, a bit PS, word processing etc.
    So the question is, is the new 5k model worth it because I couldn't buy more than base model 5k. Is maschine good enough for that gorgeous display. Or is it better to stick with last year model and save a bit. Which one is better and longer investment for someone who is not demanding user, but still appriciate amazing display.
    Thanks in advance.
    and sorry if my english was not good enough, its not my native language. ;)
  2. Alimar macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    New York State
    I have an 27" i7 16 GB 1 TB HDD iMac from late 2013... I think you will have everything you need in a late 2013 3.4 i5 8gb Ram 1Tb HDD.
  3. apfelmann macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2007
    everything else is yesterdays tech
  4. Steveatesh macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2014
    North east England

    Must be honest, retina clinched it for me. Horses for courses of course, but I can't help feeling if you buy a non retina, everytime you see a retina machine in your local store, you will regret your decision :)
  5. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Not getting a retina iMac is like suggesting you get an iPad 2.

    The screen is the part of the computer you have to watch, all day every day. I've always spent up on the screen and never regretted it.
  6. intro85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2014
    Thank you for your responses.
    Even though I know I don't necessarily need 5k display, I want the best solution I can get for amount of money I have. And it helps to hear another opinion.
    My only problem was, like I said, because I can't afford more than base model . And I only read about experiences of people who bought upgraded ones.
    Because I am not a computer specialist, I can not say from specifications, is the base model good enough for that kind of display. If I could be sure its good enough for my needs, which I already said, are not big at all, I would buy it without hesitation. I am not someone who change computers every now and then, and I want something with what I can be satisfied for a couple of years. If that is base model 5k then I already have made my decision:)
  7. tom0511 macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2014
    As the riMac is at users for quite some days now, there would have been evident signs on the internet (and also here), if the base spec would not perform up to expectations.

    If you want to play safe, just wait for the next OS update obiviously coming this week in order to find out if the mission control and preview lags will be fixed by that. They are not exclusive to the riMac though, so I would not worry, but as I said: I can understand if you want to make sure, I will do the same...

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