Is this a good deal? Late 2015 Imac model?

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  1. paulwgraber macrumors regular

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    Found this new in the box for $1,100. Is this a good deal.
    late 2015 27" Imac 3.2 Ghz, 8G Ram, 1T HDD non fusion, Radeon 280.

    And will it be good for my needs. Home movie video editing, Graphics and light gaming.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    As it is, the platter-based hard drive is going to make it run slowly.
    That's because of the drive, not because of the iMac itself.

    To get good booting and running speeds from it, you would want to add an external USB3 SSD, and set that up to be the boot drive.
    Then your drive read/write speeds will jump up A LOT.

    You don't have to spend a lot for the drive.
    I'd suggest a Samsung t5 (remove the Samsung software and reformat it before setting it up) or perhaps a Sandisk Extreme (might have to do the same thing re the software).

    500gb is "all you need".
    Actually, a 250gb SSD will do the job without problems.

    Put your OS, apps, and basic accounts on the SSD, but don't "clog it up" with stuff.
    Leave the large libraries -- movies, music, pics -- on the internal HDD (they don't need the speed of the SSD).

    But again -- if you buy an iMac with only a platter-based hard drive inside, be prepared for molasses-like performance (unless you add an SSD).

    You could also open up the iMac, but it's a tricky/risky procedure.
    Using USB3 will give you about 85% of the speeds you would see from an internally-installed drive, with none of the risks or hassles of prying the thing open.
     
  3. IngerMan, Oct 28, 2018
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    IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    That does not sound right. I have a late 2015 27" They did not offer HD on that model, It was 1TB Fusion, 2TB Fusion then 256SSD and up. Graphics was M390, M395 and M395X

    After a little searching it must be the 2014 model. I would say it is not a good deal and you can do better if you search. That was the low end model of 2014. I would pass on the 1TB HD. SSD is best but even the 2TB Fusion is pretty good. Wait till Tuesday when the new models are announced.

    I have the 2TB Fusion. 2TB is better than 1TB on the late 2015 because the 2TB has a 128GB SSD where the 1 TB has around 30GB SSD.

    My read and writes on 2TB Fusion are 1600's Read / 600's Writes
     
  4. nambuccaheadsau, Oct 29, 2018
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    nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Lot of confusion about the late 2015 iMacs. Best way is to tell us the model number. There was indeed a late 2015 Retina model with platter only drives.
     
  5. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    I could be wrong but its not what I remembered when I purchased mine. I did a google search for late 2015 iMac. This is what I remember was offered for October 2015 iMacs.

    Screen Shot 2018-10-29 at 4.54.06 PM.png
     
  6. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Yep you are wrong methinks.

    The late 2015 Retina offered 1-3TB platter, 1-3TB Fusion and 256GB, 512GB and 1TB Flash SSDs, and was available October 2015 to June 2017. Check out Mactracker.
     
  7. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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  8. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    Thats a cool app thank you for sharing. I still don't remember platter as an offer but OKAY. But I am correct that it is not a late 2015 as I stated for they did not have the M200's series in those they had the M300's.

    Conclusion it is not a Late 2015
     
  9. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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    Good deal? For someone, perhaps. If it was an i7, I'd buy it in a second, slap a 2T 970 EVO + a 2T 860 EVO and 32G RAM into it. Total cost including the Mac and labor= $2,300. That's a good deal ($2,000 total if a 1T blade). But it's an i5. You want to edit video and play games... pass.

    Will it work? Yes, sorta-kinda. It depends how much time you want to spend waiiting on processes to complete while editing that vieo. It will be a long time. You want an i7, 24G RAM and a Fusion drive at least, an SSD preferred.
     

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