Looking to buy a mac

Drl26

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Aug 8, 2017
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I am in the market to buy a imac. Never owned one before let me put that out there up front. The computer is:
Imac i7 16gb ram 2tb hard drive
The person selling it said it is two generations old on the i7. Any thoughts or pointers when I go and look at it. Thanks in advance.
 

HiFiGuy528

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If your budget permits, the current iMac is best bang for the money and should last you 4–5+ yrs and may still have some resale value left.
 

nambuccaheadsau

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Oct 19, 2007
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From your description it should be a late 2013 27" iMac i7 with 3.5GHz CPU and is it a 2TB Fusion drive, or a 2TB platter hard drive? This is very important, together with graphic card details.
 

Drl26

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Aug 8, 2017
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From your description it should be a late 2013 27" iMac i7 with 3.5GHz CPU and is it a 2TB Fusion drive, or a 2TB platter hard drive? This is very important, together with graphic card details.
I am not sure I will have to call the person again. Is the fusion better? The price they are asking is 699$ and it also comes with Microsoft office.
 

jlseattle

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Jan 9, 2007
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It sounds ok. It is a 4 year old computer. Macs have legs up to 8 years most times so might be worth it. Just don't expect performance. Just expect web browsing, basic apps and such.
 

paulryp

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Sep 22, 2016
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If you stick a SSD in it then you'll have a very nice machine, if not you will probably have system hangs and lag and a horrible experience
 

Drl26

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Aug 8, 2017
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It sounds ok. It is a 4 year old computer. Macs have legs up to 8 years most times so might be worth it. Just don't expect performance. Just expect web browsing, basic apps and such.
Yea that is what I was going to use it for and minor photo editing.
 

nambuccaheadsau

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Yes. As it has a 2TB drive, it is either going to be a platter or Fusion drive. The flash storage section of a 2TB Fusion is 128GB and is fast. Of course say a 512GB SSD drive would be better, but don't try and install it yourself. The screen is glued in and a difficult operation requiring new adhesive strips.

If you find it slow you could always use an external Thunderbolt or USB3 SSD as your boot drive.
 

Drl26

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Aug 8, 2017
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Yes. As it has a 2TB drive, it is either going to be a platter or Fusion drive. The flash storage section of a 2TB Fusion is 128GB and is fast. Of course say a 512GB SSD drive would be better, but don't try and install it yourself. The screen is glued in and a difficult operation requiring new adhesive strips.

If you find it slow you could always use an external Thunderbolt or USB3 SSD as your boot drive.
Thanks for the explanation
 
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