New old iMac: how to upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nameish, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. nameish macrumors newbie

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    Hey, guys. I'm about to buy an iMac from 2008 with the following characteristics:

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac7,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Disco: 500GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03
    SMC Version: 1.20f4
    Bought in 2008

    I'm a graphic designer and use many graphic oriented softwares.

    My question is: is this iMac do me any good or is it a waste of money?

    And: what do I need to do to upgrade it for Leopard?

    Thank you so much.
     
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  3. nameish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I meant Snow Leopard, sorry! :)

    how much will that gonna cost me? 139$ + 29$?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Or you could just get a single 4GB module fore 98$ to make it 5GB. That will save you 40 bucks
     
  5. nameish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep! that's great. ;) but how snow leopard operates without those memory upgrades?
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    2GB will suffice, but if you are running RAM hungry applications, the more RAM the better. I have the 2GHz iMac of that same iMac 7,1 series and have 4GB RAM and sometimes even that it too slow with Lightroom and PS.
     
  7. nameish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you all so much. ;)
     
  8. Zach Schible macrumors member

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    Yes I can def say that more RAM will help. I use Lightroom and PS CS5 on a daily basis and even with 4GB of RAM I am pushing it.
     
  9. nameish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but for your reply, can I assume that, with the proper updates, it is a "safe" investment for graphic design? ;)
     
  10. mzd macrumors 6502a

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    i've been running an 08/2007 iMac (with 3GB RAM) since it came out and it is still running flawlessly. runs Snow Leopard great (you just need to buy the Snow Leopard upgrade disc btw). runs Adobe CS3 great (i mainly use photoshop and illustrator). runs iLife 11 great. i don't use Lightroom, maybe that would require more RAM, but RAM is cheap these days. max out your RAM and you have a very capable machine!
     
  11. Grubster macrumors member

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    My first question is how much are you paying for it? I have a 24inch iMac with the 2.8 gig processor and 2 gig ram, it runs awesome. But remember apple sells refurbished machines and has great deals on 27" iMacs. So make sure you are considering the price.
     
  12. nameish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a friend who wants to sell. She's selling for the biggest offer. Last week it was in 400 €
     
  13. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    For 400 Euro, I'd say take it, definitely - you can always on-sell later if it is in good condition.
     

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