iMac early 2009 - should I upgrade?

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  1. dupuytren, Mar 13, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2015

    dupuytren macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2014
    Hi all
    I have an iMac early 2009 20inch.
    It was starting to become slow last year so I upgraded the memory to 8GB ram which helped. Once I upgraded to OS Mavericks it is now becoming slow again.

    My primary computer is an MBA 13" Mid 2012 and I use my iMac maybe once a week or a fortnight (especially in the last 2 years), and only use the iMac if I have work stuff to do (need to draft a report etc). I notice that the display is markedly different and after about 30mins starting on the iMac display I do get a headache and need to rest for a bit.
    Other issues with the iMac I guess is the USB 2.0, would prefer USB 3.0 for backup reasons/cloning hard drive etc but this isn't a major issue.

    So my current question is:
    I'm planning to sell my MBA to buy a 13" Retina MBP that has just been released (I renew my MacBooks every 3 years anyway); I did consider the 12" Macbook but I only take my computer out of the house when I am on a long vacation (so maybe once a year).

    I am very tempted to sell the iMac and buy a newer iMac - I can get a 21 inch late 2014 iMac for £700 (second hand on Amazon); but as I stated I don't use it much so not sure if the money spent to do this is justified. Should I just plunge for this, or should I maybe just get a large display monitor instead so I can use the large screen to do work stuff through the shiny new MBP?

    Any advice is appreciated!!
  2. chogue23 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2015
    Waco, TX, USA
    Spending more money on an old iMac can either be a great thing or a money pit. If you don't think you would be using it very often, I would suggest getting a nice 23 inch monitor to compliment your Macbook Pro. If you thought you would continue to use the other computer you could consider upgrading to a refurbished model with an i series processor.
  3. dupuytren thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2014
    Thanks for your advice,
    In the end I have put my iMac on the market, and bought a new MBP retina display and a Dell U2515H, glad I made this decision as the set up is just perfect! :apple:
  4. desantii macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2006
    Aurora, IL

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