How much longer to keep iMac 27-inch, Late 2009?

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  1. joonyaboy macrumors regular

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    I mean, I would love to keep it indefinitely, but not sure how upgradeable it is. I know I can get up to 16GB Ram and always throw an SSD in there.

    Is there anything else that would keep this iMac from performing, say, 5 years from now?

    I want to get a MacBook Air, but I love the screen on this thing and don't wanna sell it if it still has valuable life left.

    I do the usual browsing and word processing, movies and photo editing, and I also run Logic and Garageband to record musician.

    Thanks!

    (iMac 27-inch, Late 2009, Quad-Core i5)
     
  2. macjram macrumors 6502a

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    If you're fine with it then keep it. When you feel like it's slowing you down, replace it.
     
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  4. joonyaboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sound advice. Just curious if anyone thinks it will start running slow soon, or be left out by an OSX update


    Sweet. Thanks!
     
  5. NATO macrumors 68000

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    The single best/easiest/cheapest upgrade to a computer to keep it running fast is a SSD upgrade.

    I had a 2009 iMac with a (good) SSD and it was VERY quick. The only reason I don't have it still is because Apple replaced the whole machine under warranty for another reason, but otherwise I would still be very happy with the performance of the machine - and I'm someone who normally lives on the bleeding edge of technology.
     
  6. joonyaboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    SSD would be great, although I am enjoying the 1TB HD. I could probably live with 500GB if I relegated some of my older stuff to an external, but I don't think I'm talented enough to install the SSD on this one.
     

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