More Ram vs. AppleCare for a Year

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by anfield007, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. anfield007 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2013
    Currently looking at iMacs in ebay. I have narrowed it down to 2 iMacs: one of which has 12GB of RAM (no apple warranty, only seller warranty for 30days). The other has 4GB of RAM and AppleCare until June of next year.

    I won't do video/photo editing or gaming, so I guess the iMac with the AppleCare is the way to go? Would 12GB of RAM provide a huge improvement when performing not too demanding tasks?
  2. boomdog macrumors regular


    Oct 3, 2013
    The most Easterly point of the UK
  3. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    I think your looking in the right direction. The biggest thing to remember is if the iMacs you are looking at are the late 2012 or current 21", the RAM is not upgradable at a later time. If they are the 27", the RAM is easily upgradable.

    I personally would like the Applecare, especially if it is a used iMac. Then if an issue should come up, it can at least be taken to Apple for repairs under warranty.

    12GB would show very little improvement with small task.

    From what you say that you will be using it for, then 4GB RAM should be fine. I have a 2007 iMac with 4GB RAM and use it for web browsing, MS Office and little things and it still works well.
  4. themumu macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2011
    12GB of RAM is very impressive, but you need to be doing something very dramatic to notice the difference between 12 GB and for example, 8 GB. As for 4GB - that depends.

    You say you won't do any video/photo editing or gaming, it's not just the specific tasks, but how many of them are you loading up at once. A friend of mine is a compulsive multi-tasker - he often has over 50 tabs open in several browser windows, spread across both Safari and Firefox. That, plus a few open apps (none are photo/video/gaming) and his 8GB of RAM does not seem too generous. It occasionally gets to the point where he has to stop and go cull those open webpages - and it's a painful process, because apparently all of them are required reading/viewing.

    That's an extreme case of course, but the fact is, just because you don't do photo/video/gaming, does not mean you won't appreciate some extra RAM.

    Personally, I think it might be a better idea to get the one with Apple Care and upgrade RAM in the future if the need arises.
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    This is good advice, and advice which I echo; get the one with Applecare (which will give you peace of mind) and you should be able to upgrade the RAM next year should the need arise.
  6. RCAFBrat macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2013
    Montreal, QC
    I would choose the one with AppleCare.

    The 2012 shipped with 8GB that is not (easily) upgradeable wheras the 2011, which has 4GB base is user upgradeable. Therefore, I am assuming you are looking at two 2011 models. If you need more RAM you can buy anytime; if you need more warranty you are out of luck with the 12GB iMac.
  7. oldareyour macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2013
    good, If you need more RAM you can buy anytime; if you need more warranty you are out of luck with the 12GB iMac.[​IMG]
  8. anfield007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2013
    Thanks guys. Yeah it's a 2011 iMac. Looked to be in excellent condition (9/10 as seller indicated). It comes with the wireless keyboard, magic mouse, original manuals and box, and I am not sure if it comes with the OS disc.

    I do like to have multiple chrome tabs and windows open, along with some word and powerpoint documents. I think 4GB will be enough, if not then I will later think about upgrading the RAM.
  9. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    If it's already been running for two years odds are very low that it will need repairs by next June. I'd go with more RAM.
  10. anfield007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2013
    damn, I already bought the one with Applecare :(

    The more RAM was really intriguing, but I haven't purchased anything that costs as much as this iMac over ebay so I thought I would play it safe.
  11. Black.Infinity macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2010
    Apple tree-Toronto
    Good decision my friend :)
  12. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I would go with......

    the Mac with AppleCare, mostly based in the machine being an used machine. You can go a functioning lemon there.....( I mean, can work for a month or so and later "some issue" can develop....:(......:eek:.....)

  13. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    You can always upgrade to more ram easily on the iMac if you find you need more in the future.

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