I'm new here...Need iMac buying advice

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    Bamabbc macrumors newbie

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    Looking to acquire an iMac for general surfing, email, nothing heavy. Probably won't be doing a ton of editing, movie making, etc...at least not yet. I don't need a ton of GB storage either...I want the device to be fast and responsive. I'm interested in the Mac for its aesthetic qualities as much as anything. Where should I start? What should be my parameters? Thanks!:apple:
     
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    What is your budget for a Mac? With your description of activities, a baseline iMac would work just fine.
     
  3. Bamabbc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    $1200-1500 roughly...I have an iPad and iPhone so I'm very Mac friendly and eager to move up. Thx
     
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    Awesome...should I go one level Up and get the fusion drive?
     
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    If you can afford it, yes, I would. That would greatly boost the speed of launching apps and starting up the machine, while still providing plenty of storage space.
     
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    In the refurb you can even get a 27" one for your price range.
     
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    If legit I would go for this instead of the 21".
     
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    What do you mean if legit? It's on the Apple online store.
     
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    Definitely look at the refurb store. Get the machine that best fits your budget and needs.
     
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    I meant if the price is in his budget, the link was posted after my comment. I didnt know the price by heart.
     
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    What's the best way to transfer files, etc from windows to Mac? Thanks
     
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    When you setup your new Mac you will be asked if you want to import data from another computer. Tell it yes then install and run the Windows Migration Assistant on the Windows machine and just follow the prompts.
     
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    No... sorry I left that part out. Just take an ethernet cable and connect it directly between the two. No router or hub or anything in between... direct connection.
     
  19. trustno1 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm new to the forum so I'm not sure if this post belongs in this thread. I've been thinking about buying a used/refurbished iMac. I found out that someone in my neighborhood is selling theirs and I just wanted to get some advice on whether you think it would be a good decision. Here is the description from the listing.

    2010 imac 27 inches
    quad core i7 2.93ghz
    12 gb ddr ram
    2 terabyte hard drive
    ATI radeon 5750

    comes with wireless mouse and keyboard

    $1200

    So my main concern is that it's a bit old. I don't know how long these usually last. If anyone has any insight I would really appreciate it.
     
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    I don't think $1200 is a bad price, but I would negotiate. Look at eBay for comparables. There are 2010 27" iMacs going for between $900 and $1300 there.

    At $1200 you're paying extra for the 2TB HDD and the 12 GB RAM. If you don't really need those features, then you can try to talk him down on the price. At $1000 I would say it's a good buy.

    Then again, if this neighbor is a friend of yours, you might not want to risk insulting him by negotiating to hard. It's all up to you.
     
  21. trustno1 macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the response, khedden. I'm having a little bit of anxiety over all the options. I would like to spend around $1000 with a max budget of 1200 on a machine that can last five years. I think I will continue to see what is available.
     
  22. grandM macrumors 6502a

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    September 9th the iphone 6 is supposed to launch. Maybe they will launch other devices. If you are still at school apple also gives students freebies at the start of each academic year.

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    Apple hardware is always expensive. The specs of this device seem good till you watch the benchmarks [http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks]. So make a speed/dollar calculation and take into consideration that hardware grows old too by use.
     
  23. trustno1 macrumors newbie

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    grandM, good point. This was my big concern when I first saw the listing. I think I might just look for a refurbished machine from the apple store.
     

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