iMac Upgrade or buy new?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MeezErased, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. MeezErased macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2015
    Hi all, I'm new to this forum and I would really appreciate any advice from those in the know about hardware versus OS versions. :) My friend has a iMac 8.1 (Intel) and it is currently running on 10.5.8 and she can no longer use web stuff requiring flash. Is it worth me buying the Snow Leopard disc and upgrading for her or shall I recommend she just ditch this old Mac (bought new around 2008) and get a new one? It has the standard 2gb ram is already a bit slow, I wondered if anyone would know how far (OS wise) I could upgrade it to before it would grind to a halt without buying more memory? She only uses it to surf the web and watch streaming tv really, which isn't currently working due to the Flash issue. Thanks very much!
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'd suggest trying OS 10.8.5 "Mountain Lion" on it first (I believe the 2008 iMacs can run that).
  3. MeezErased thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2015
    Thanks Fishrrman. :) Am I right in thinking that I have to get the snow leopard disc first and then update from there up to mountain lion?
  4. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    "Unfortunately, installing Mountain Lion requires that you already have a Mac running Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) or Lion (OS X 10.7). If you're currently running a Leopard system, you're out of luck, and need to pay $29 to upgrade to Snow Leopard, and then an additional $20 to upgrade again to Mountain Lion.25 Jul 2012"

    That sucks!
  5. MeezErased thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2015
    Yes that does suck!! I thought I could just get away with only paying for the Snow Leopard disc and then the rest of the updates would be free... It confuses me how some OS updates are free and others aren't. Thanks AlexisV :)
  6. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Leopard is pretty much obsolete on Intel Macs. Just upgrading to Snow Leopard will allow you to install a modern browser and Flash player. Unless there's a big need for modern software compatibility or security, that's the farthest you'd need to go, and it runs well on older hardware that hasn't seen RAM or SSD upgrades.

    OS X updates weren't made free until after Mountain Lion (starting with 10.9 Mavericks).
  7. MeezErased thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2015
    Thank you Redheeler!! So helpful :) :)

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