Looking to buy iMac

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  1. drummer1 macrumors regular

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    Looking to buy a 27" imac either new 2012 model but alittle expensive. found on cl found a excellent late 2009 27" iMac Late 2009 2.66Ghz i5 Quad Core 12GB Ram 1TB HD asking $900obo. Last on frys electronics a 2011 27" imac 2.7GHz quad core Intel Core i5 processor,4GB SDRAM,1TB Hard Drive, AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB*for $1000.

    What do you think I should buy? Pros and cons
    Trying to keep budget at $1200 at the most.
     
  2. AaronM5670, Mar 17, 2013
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    The base 27" 2012 iMac is $1,799 which as you say is out of your price range.

    The used iMac sounds like an ok deal to me although you should shop around (eBay/craigslist etc. to see if you can find a better deal - make sure they are trustworthy though!)

    As long as the tasks you are doing now are equivalent to what you would have been doing 4 years ago (and these machines are in your budget range) then go for it, it can still run Mountain Lion and all the latest software fine - it was more or less a top of the range model when new remember!

    The RAM (12GB/4GB you say) you can upgrade yourself so be especially careful not to get ripped off here!

    The new iMac range is all i5, with the exception of the very top model which is i7.

    Most new iMacs have 512MB graphics memory except top models (1GB/2GB), although the ones you are looking at have the previous-generation AMD cards whereas the new ones have Nvidia. All have 1TB hard drives (7200RPM), unless you want 768GB SSD or Fusion Drive.
     
  3. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really didnt wanna go back futher then a 2011 model anything past that seems to old and outdated. Just was throwing it out there. frys had the 2011 model for 1000 seems like a good deal but there out of them right now besides Houston otherwise would just probably buy that. Also there some other in my area on cl but some are expensive and have been upgraded out of my price range.
     
  4. AaronM5670 macrumors 6502

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    Well the unibody iMac has been updated 4 times since it was released - Late 2009 (October), Mid 2010 (July), Mid 2011 (May), and Late 2012 (October).

    Something to bear in mind was that the Mid 2011 was the last to have a CD drive (SuperDrive as Apple calls it).

    Have a look round and see if there are any Mid 2011 models in your range (you might have to settle for a 21.5" or go earlier - your choice).

    All of them support Mountain Lion so they're not too outdated yet.

    Take a look here for the specs of each different model: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_iMac#Aluminum_iMac
     
  5. mushroomtip macrumors 6502

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    if you or someone in your house is a student then you can get the education discount and pick up the late 2012 specs for 50 bucks more


    21.5-inch: 2.7GHz
    2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
    8GB (two 4GB) memory
    1TB hard drive1
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M with 512MB
     
  6. macthefork macrumors 6502

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    That 2011 is a good imac... it's the one I currently use. Also tried and true procedures for upgrading with an added internal SSD (which I also did). No gluing or taping the screen back on after any update. I had a late 2009 C2D imac. It was sloooow compared to this 4 core unit... even before I added the SSD.

    So, I'd recommend the 2011.
     
  7. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Found on cl a MC812LL/A 21.5" i5 2.7 Mid-2011Model 4 GB VRAM:512 HD:1 TB wants a 1000. but frys has it for 900. Then the 27" for 1000 but they dont have any but in Houston :(
     
  8. Serban Suspended

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    go buy your self a baseline imac 21.5 late 2012 it's 1200$ your budget and you get last hardware quad core and warranty 1 year
     
  9. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah thats true really want a 27" but no good deals online or cl there out my budget otherwise. Besides the 27" late 2011 model at frys but none available.
     
  10. mushroomtip macrumors 6502

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    actually ! you can save even more by going to the Apple refurb store .the following is in stock now !
     

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  11. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh yeah nice I can get the upgraded model for the same money.
     
  12. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well think im just gonna wait and keep an eye out for 27" imac on cl or apple refurb or a return at bestbuy.
     
  13. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    2011 model mc813ll/a 27" imac this is a good deal is these sites good to buy from?

    http://www.planethightech.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=200

    http://www.cdshopwise.com/item//apple-imac-mc813ll-a-27-inch-d/lid=27176395
     
  14. AaronM5670 macrumors 6502

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    Probably a good idea, once the supply constraints have fully eased then we'll start to see more and more refurbished models for sale.
     
  15. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone know about the websites I posted legit to buy from? or anyone know any good deals on 2011 27" imac?
     
  16. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well found a 27" iMac Mid 2011*Apple Care Until June 2014 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 MemoryAMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB Video Card1TB Hard Drive. Think im gonna buy it seems like a good deal and in my price range for $1050.
     
  17. Sam Rocky macrumors newbie

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    Did you purchased from that site

    I tried looking for website reviews but couldnt find it anywhere.
    Did you purchased from that website by any chance. The deal looks good to me as well.

    Let me know if you purchased from that site.
     
  18. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No I google searched the part nunber mc813ll/a and look at few pages thats how I found those deals.i didnt purchase from the sites wanna get feed back first. Also found a local used 2011 imac 27" for 1050 that I posted above.
     
  19. drummer1, Mar 21, 2013
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    drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well got some info from gocheapsky.com they have the 2011 imac for $700 then shipping. They say there brand new and will ship from china and will receive in like a week. They have license and full back up everything they work with paypal so guess that's good anyways what do you guys think? Still sounds like a scam
     
  20. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    What do you think of this site seems good compared to the others i posted which are scams. This one seems legit. And a good deal

    http://www.planethightech.com/index.php?dispatch=pages.view&page_id=1
     
  21. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    2011, brand new and that cheap? Shipping from China? Hmmmm four words for you Not With My Money!
     
  22. drummer1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree. So the best deal ive found brand new and seems legit is that site and there out of texas. So probably go with them otherwise ive got the used one locally that I found on cl I got him down to 1050.
     
  23. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    There is one for sale for $1050 on this site. 2010 i5.
     
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  25. AaronM5670 macrumors 6502

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    The thing is, do you absolutely NEED the 27"?

    The 21.5" model will offer the same if not better performance (because of the smaller screen size - less work for the GPU etc), as well as being a MUCH more manageable size, which should be fine unless you absolutely NEED to have 3 windows open at the same time on the screen (you could just buy another display for the smaller model.)

    This will save you a lot of money, especially as you are on a budget!
     

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