New iMac or repair current iMac

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  1. Blue Devil Fan macrumors newbie

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    I have an iMac (mid 2011) that needs a new logic board. Approx $600 and of course my warranty is out. I like that this machine has a disk drive. A comparable new iMac will cost about $1300 but does not have a disk drive. Debating the cost of a new machine vs repairing the old one. Any pros or cons you wish to share.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Just buy a new one.

    The old one isn't worth the repairs (lack of USB 3 and very outdated graphics).

    You can always buy a USB SuperDrive.

    Ask yourself this: How often you use that SuperDrive anyway?
     
  3. e93to macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't find any issues with your iMac performing tasks you demand, then just repair it. Well, at least that's what I would do.
     
  4. mcpix macrumors regular

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    I'm a big fan of the 2011 iMacs as I use them extensively in my business (I have 5 of them). For 1/2 the price of a new one you get a disc drive, firewire and the ability to easily upgrade memory if needed.

    You could also pick up a used one on eBay, but that would be about the same price, so it probably makes more sense to fix your own machine.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    But how often do most people use the FireWire and the SuperDrive?

    Besides, the 27" has a user-accessible slot to upgrade RAM.
     
  6. mcpix macrumors regular

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    I know I'm not the average user, but I use FireWire and the SuperDrive everyday. I'm also assuming since he likes the SuperDrive that the OP also uses his often.

    Given the $1300 price point for a new iMac I'm assuming he's looking at a 21.5" iMac which doesn't have a user accessible upgrade slot.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    $600 repair?

    I say, get something new.

    If you need DVD/CD capabilities, DON'T buy Apple's SuperDrive. Instead, buy a 3rd-party DVD/CD burner, you can get them for $25 and they work fine.

    Instead of iMac, consider a new Mac Mini, mid-range model, upgraded with a 1tb fusion drive. Standard RAM is 8gb, or you can order 16gb if you "feel the need"...
     
  8. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Buy a new one... Spending nearly $600 to repair the old one leaves you with a machine that may very well fail again

    With a new machine, you get the opportunity to get AppleCare and extend the warranty to 3 years.

    If you need an optical drive, you can get external USB ones rather cheaply.
     

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