iMac 21.5" i5 (2013 or onwards) or 2012 quadcore mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by max_os17, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. max_os17 Suspended

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    Hi, I am looking to get a mac for some logic pro x recording, general web browsing, video encoding.

    My options are as title a 2013 21.5 iMac with 16gb ram (£500ish) or a 2012 2.3ghz quad core mac mini with 8gb ram (£400ish).

    I currently own an old 20 inch cinemas display thats still working, maybe a bit dated now though.

    would the iMac have less noisy fans under load?

    geekbench multi for imac is 10345 and mini is 10446.

    Thanks
     
  2. deuteronomy macrumors newbie

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    I bought a late 2013 iMac 21" for £380 from ebay, bargain.

    It came with a 1Tb HDD and I have since opened it up (easy) and installed a 500gb SSD and its super fast, cant fault it for the price.

    I can't say I have heard the fans spin at all.
     
  3. ctrlzone macrumors regular

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  4. max_os17 thread starter Suspended

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    in the end I got a 2012 iMac with gt 640m for around £250

    worth putting an ssd in ? maybe more ram as i would be opening it.

    easy is it? :) doesn't look to easy haha
     
  5. deuteronomy macrumors newbie

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    yes it was easy, i used one of the little plastic containers my contact lenses came in, to cut the tape round the screen, you just have to work it loose for a while, and then the sucker on my phone holder for the car to lift the screen up. Just watch the videos and there are 2 cables you need to unplug.

    It was not really slow to begin with - other than boot, but I am so used to SSD speeds it was pretty much a necessity.
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  7. deuteronomy macrumors newbie

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    It basically had a small plastic wedge type edge kind of like a small Credit card but with a bump so I couldn’t cut too deep
     
  8. max_os17, Oct 7, 2017
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    The ebay listing I linked too seems to provide a tool to open the screen and new adhesive strips to replace the old ones. Did you use those?
     
  9. deuteronomy macrumors newbie

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    No I didn’t put new strips back on, I left the old ones in place and it went back together pretty well, it’s not 100% flush closed but good enough for now
     

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