How old should I go in buying a reused iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thenormalguy2, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. thenormalguy2 macrumors newbie


    Sep 26, 2018
    So basically I have a macbook pro 15 (2008) that works fine. (Yes, i upgraded to an ssd and upgraded to 8gb of ram) It does my day to day assignments and web browsing at school. I'm in music production though and love working with logic pro x, my laptop does ok(ish) but where tracks get too complicated it gets overloaded. Its also nice just to have a bigger screen and base at a desk where i can have all my pads... anyways, i want to buy a iMac and dont know how old to go. I'm on a student budget but i do have a job and only paying for half. What do you think the best bang for my buck would be?
  2. jerwin, Sep 26, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2018

    jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015

    probably as good a place as any to start winnowing down your system requirements.
  3. redheeler, Sep 26, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2018

    redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    The 2011 iMacs were needlessly obsoleted by Apple with the MacOS Mojave update, but I might still recommend one to someone on a budget looking for good value-for-money if Mojave isn't a necessity. They have powerful quad-core CPUs, are relatively easy to upgrade with an SSD, and even the 21.5" model can take up to 32 GB RAM (though you'd likely never need that much RAM).

    If you want current MacOS software support for years to come and are willing to pay slightly more, your best option is one of the 2012 or later models. SSD upgrades are harder, but still doable.

    Screen size is also something to take into consideration. I find the 21.5" to be a bit on the small side, and prefer the 27". But regardless, any iMac from 2011 or later with an SSD will be a massive upgrade from your 2008 MacBook Pro.
  4. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    For Logic... Maybe wait for a 6 core iMac and buy the entry level model with edu pricing.
  5. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    I really miss the 24" Imac.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Tell us your budget -- then we can advise further.
  7. DQ11 macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2018
    That is what I'm waiting for.

    The imac I'd like to get in total will cost me $3,500 right now and that isn't even maxed out in all specs.

    I'm guessing I could get a lower tier i5 6 core and 65w 27" imac and have it perform similar to the i7-7700k in the 2017 imac.....but for a cheaper price.

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