Need help deciding which iMac to get please!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Nilok64, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Nilok64 macrumors member

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    I want to purchase a refurbished iMac and would like opinions on which one to get between these two:

    $1149
    Originally released May 2011
    27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory

    Built-in FaceTime HD camera

    $1099
    Originally released October 2012
    21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    8GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M with 512MB
    Built-in FaceTime HD camera

    I don't plan on gaming or anything like that. It is purely for multimedia and internet.
     
  2. Suraj R. macrumors regular

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    21.5", simply due to the newer processor, more RAM and new sleek design
     
  3. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    +1
     
  4. faxao macrumors regular

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    27" all the way: the 5400rpm HDD on the 21" makes its performances really poor IMHO.
     
  5. RedReplicant, Oct 7, 2013
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    RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    That and a few things - he isn't playing games, running photoshop, or editing in a huge workflow. The memory on the 21.5 requires ungluing the screen and removing the logic board to upgrade... and you're stuck with two slots total. 27" gets an easily accessible 4 slots.

    Videocard is a non-issue since he isn't gaming.

    CPU... sure, but again, web browsing and videos.

    Screen is absolutely worth it in my opinion.

    But hey, I'm just over here very happy with my old iMac running an intensive VM all day, watching 1080p movies, playing Diablo 3, and GTA5 with my Kanex XD. ;)
     
  6. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    No glue on these ones AFAIK, just the magnets (it's the pre-2012 model). I'm guessing the 2011 models have USB2 also, and the 2012 USB3, this may be a factor for the OP.
     
  7. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, you're right. Got confused since it's the Nov 2012 that went slim/glued.
     
  8. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    I wasn't entirely sure to be honest, and either way, it's still not the easiest upgrade and could possibly go wrong on the 21.5".
     
  9. Nilok64 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the advices guys, I'm leaning towards the 27", but I'm afraid of it's performance since it is kind of old for a computer. My budget is approximately the price of this computer give or take $150. I would like to keep the computer for at least 5 years. I started thinking that maybe I should go for the refurbished 13" Macbook pro retina. I am now really confused as to what to get. I don't really need to be mobile and I love the bigger screen of the iMac, but I don't want to buy an already obsolete computer. What do you guys think my best option is?
     
  10. buster84 macrumors 6502

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    If you can afford a little more get this.

    27"
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD095LL/A/refurbished-imac-29ghz-quad-core-intel-core-i5

    Or this 21"
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD093LL/A/refurbished-imac-27ghz-quad-core-intel-core-i5
     
  11. Nilok64 thread starter macrumors member

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    is the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M with 512MB a good card? How does it compare to the intel Iris in the new 2013 21" iMac?

    thanks,
     
  12. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    They are very comparable. Iris is a tiny bit quicker.
     

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