iMac 27 5k, 2014, buy or not?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by c0ppo, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. c0ppo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2013

    I have a chance to buy a fully loaded riMac 27 5K, 2014. Hardly used, since the guy doesn't like OS X, and received it as a present a year ago. He used it for syncing his iPhone, using iTunes, and to watch movies :D

    But I think I have a problem. The warranty has expired... I have taken this iMac to test it out for a week or so, and to test the image retention problem as well. All was ok until a few moments ago. Small retention does appear, but I can get it easily fixed with white background.

    I can get it for a pretty low price, so low that changing the display on my own cost still makes it worth it. Mind you, I'm speaking of i7 4,0GHz, 295X, 512GB SSD, 32GB ram version.

    But kinda hard to decide even with price being low, since I will probably in near future have to exchange the display. I don't have to go to anyone to change the display, I can do it myself without any problems. So it's not like I'm gonna be without the iMac for a couple of days/weeks if the problem exhibits again and doesn't go away.

    I will mostly use the machine for mobile/web development (unity3d, xcode, nodejs in sublime text). So I won't push it hard all the time, just when I compile. And will be using windows 10 with parallels (visual studio and .NET).

    So, since I can get it for a low price, is it worth it or should I just skip it? I don't plan on buying the (probable) redesigned iMac, since I really can't stand apples tendency to make things smaller, lighter, thinner, and without ports at all. So if I don't purchase this one, I will probably buy another iMac 5k, probably 2015 version. But that one would cost me a lot more then this one :)

    Any help would be appreciated, especially from users who have IR problems.
  2. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    It's a solid machine and if you're comfortable with making any repairs then it's probably a good buy.
  3. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    If something fails and it doesn't have any signs of user damage, you would pay depot repair rates, typically around $350. That imac wasn't heavily used if it's only a bit more than a year in. If it was just under a year, I would suggest that you could still buy Applecare through B+H. I would buy a machine like that if I found a good deal on one and had the money allocated for such a purchase.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    How is this any different then buying a brand new iMac and not getting AC?

    I'd say that its a good machine, you have done your due diligence, so get it and enjoy the iMac :)
  5. c0ppo thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2013
    Thanks for the input guys, I'm gonna pull the trigger then :)

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