imac mid 2011

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  1. techdummyy macrumors newbie

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    My friend is selling an imac mid 2011 with a 21.5 inch screen and a 2.5 ghz with 500GB on the hard drive and 4GB of RAM for $350. It comes with a mouse and keyboard and a couple other programs. Is this worth the buy? I don't really need any new features. Won't be doing anything that's really high tech.
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Thats a good price, it's a starter machine but if it runs OK it should be fine. If you get it the first thing to do is an erase and install so you are starting with a 100% clean computer. Please ensure he provides you with original install media and any install DVD for apps he claims come with the computer.
     
  3. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    The 2011 iMac had a firmware update to allow for an Internet recovery, as long as that firmware has been installed it should not be an issue if they can't locate the install discs for OS X. (Of course, any other apps would still require them for reinstall.)
     
  4. toddzrx macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like a good deal to me. I'd throw an SSD in there, and add another 4GB of RAM. You will have a very capable machine for about $500.
     
  5. kgian macrumors regular

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    That's exactly what I have. Imac 2011 21.5 with 12GB ram and an internal SSD. It is a very capable and durable machine. A very fast, stylish, almost silent computer. I would grab it.
     
  6. jacksam101 macrumors member

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    Yes it makes an excellent base - I have the same model and upgraded to 12gb ram and swapped the superdrive for a 256gb SSD and the HDD for a 4TB HDD and now have a great, still speedy machine that houses all my media
     
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  8. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    Goes for 5-600$ on eBay and this is the last 21.5" model that can go up to 32GB of memory. With that amount of memory and an SSD to boot, you won't need to buy another computer this decade!
     
  9. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Stick an SSD in there and you'd have an ok machine at a relatively inexpensive price. I suppose another 4 GB of RAM would be a good idea as well, although depending on how you use the iMac it may not be completely necessary.

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    The OP does not need 32 GB RAM, nor will they for years to come. Recommending they get 32 GB RAM now is just silly.
     
  10. placidity44 macrumors 6502

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  11. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    I didn't tell them to get 32GB of memory. I said this iMac is the last 21.5" that can go up to 32GB. Big difference.
     

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