It this worth the money?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bbarna, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. bbarna macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2017
    Hi there,

    I got the chance to buy a Mid 2011 21,5 for $680 with the following specification:
    2,5 GHz Intel Core i5
    Samsung SSD 850 Pro 512GB
    16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB Gddr5

    Would you suggest me to buy it or I would be better off with a crisp new entry level?
    It is needed mostly for office work, once in a while for Photoshop.
    Thanks, B
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    IF you can "afford new", then BUY new.

    A 2011 doesn't have USB3 -- very lacking these days insofar as "connectivity" is concerned.

    You might consider an Apple factory refurb -- more for your money.
  3. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    I wouldn't pay more than $500.

    Even at $500, I'd pay a bit more and get an Apple certified refurb of a more recent machine. That way, you'll get OS support and upgrades for longer.
  4. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    It is top money for the slowest CPU of the mid 2011 iMac range. For that much I would be looking for a 2012 model with an SSD/flash storage. It has one huge advantage in USB3.
  5. MacStu09 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2009
    Absolutely not, that is a pretty bad price. A fair market price on the 2.5ghz 2011 iMac is $250-350; and there are several for sale in that current price range. Obviously, the one you are interested in has a more expensive SSD, but SSD's are getting cheaper every day. I've seen several 2014's sell in the $500's, so if you like the 2011 - shop for a better deal. Otherwise, get something newer (and still pay less than $680.)
  6. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    No. Would you pay typically that percentage of retail for 5 year old electronics? That model has also has a GPU problem. It will also hit vintage status this year, at which point Apple may not help you if the gpu dies. I would avoid it completely. Whoever priced it that way is a jackass.

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