iMac 2009 versus mid-2010

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JCarregoso, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. JCarregoso macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2011
    Hi guys!

    I need your help. I'm selling my 2008 macbook 13' unibody, and I want to buy an iMac. My top budget is +- 1000/1200€.

    After some research I have 2 deals in "my hands".

    The first is a 2009 iMac:
    IMAC 27'
    3,06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB
    Número de série W89441AC5PE
    Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3

    The seller is desperate to sell it. He started asking 1400 a few days ago and now he sells it for 1050.

    The second is a mid-2010 iMac.

    Processor 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor
    Cache 4MB fully shared L3 cache
    Memory 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
    Hard drive 1TB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

    The guy is selling it for 1200€

    What should I do?for the extra 150€ I should buy the 2010 model?

    The first mac is so desperate to sell, I believe he will sell it for 1000 or even less.
  2. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    Well which one you should choose is actually dependent on what you will do with it. For the majority of the people the 2009 is still more than enough and most of the power wont even be used. So what do you intend to do with the iMac?

    The 2010 is a lot better than the 2009 with the i3 being roughly 50% quicker in most things then the Core 2 Duo in the 2009. The graphics card is also significantly faster and has more VRAM then the 2009. RAM shouldn't really be taken into consideration because you can upgrade from 4 to 8GB, in an iMac, for about 20€, so the 8GB in the 2009 isn't really a selling point (if you know what I mean)

    I personally would choose the 2010 because its a newer computer (likely a lower possibility of a component to fail) and for only 150 more, its well worth the extra power you get.

    BTW, 2010 model is a 27" right? it doesn't say in what you posted, so my advice only stands if both are 27".
  3. JCarregoso, Apr 22, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012

    JCarregoso thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2011

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