New vs old

Discussion in 'iMac' started by davidra, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. davidra macrumors 6502

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    Have iPad, iPhone but always had PC's. Considering shifting; however, I do a lot of DVD burning.
    My question is that I can get some 2011 refurbs, but they only have 4 GB of RAM. How hard is it to manually upgrade them, and is it worth it to have the internal drive? I thought about just getting the 2012 (I want a 27"with at least 8 MB) and the external drive, but the reviews of the Apple superdrive are not that good...at all. And I figure by the time I pay for the memory upgrade, I could easily buy a new one that comes with 8 MB....

    Suggestions? New or old?
     
  2. gecko20 macrumors regular

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    First it has 8 GB not MB ;)
    But it depends of what you need it for. You can easily buy an external drive from an other producer or even a blueraydrive.
    If you do a lot of encoding buy the new one, but you should think that in the old Imacs the superdrive often has his problems...
    I would buy a new one with a really good drive (not apple)
     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    I would also recommend the new iMac.
    And buy a non Apple cheaper external drive.

    About RAM upgradeability, the 2011 are really easy, just remove a few screws on the bottom to access RAM.

    The new iMac 27" is also easy from the back, there is a door there.
    But, the 21" has no User Upgradeable RAM, you have to crack open the iMac to do so.
     
  4. davidra thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, mind still recovering...GB. Given your comments, what is a good high quality external drive that is Mac-compatible? Is there a solid favorite?
     
  5. zarf2007 macrumors regular

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  6. seigaroo macrumors newbie

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    I got a refurb came with 8gb ram said 4gb but it's also easy to add some. I got lucky also came with 2tb hd said 1tb and 2gb video which said 1gb :)
     

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