Possible IMac upgrade

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jonr515, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. Jonr515 macrumors member


    Nov 11, 2017
    I'm considering upgrading my older IMac, maybe a SSD and upgrade ram. I would use it for work, MS office work, mainly heavy excel, email, Remote Desktop. Also for photo editing, a mix of Lightroom and affinity photo. With the stats below worth upgrading?
  2. mreg376 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    You can upgrade that model to 16GB and any size SSD. You would definitely see a big performance boost, although you will still not be able to install the new MacOS Mojave. If you're using it for those same things now, and it's just a bit slow, you might be happy as a clam with the upgrades. If it's a complete dog now, it'll be better but enough? Can't tell you. It'll probably cost you about $300+ for the upgrades (with a 500GB SSD), and if you can use the machine for another couple of years it may be worth it for you.

    I did that upgrade to my 2007 iMac and it gave me three more years. No Lightroom though.
  3. Matz Contributor


    Apr 25, 2015
    Rural Southern Virginia
    I have a mid-2010 imac, which had slowed to an almost glacial pace. Extra RAM made some difference, but not much. So I added a 256GB SSD, and it was like getting a different machine. I’d heard it makes a difference, but was surprised at how much of a difference it makes.
  4. mj_ macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2017
    Austin, TX
    This particular iMac can easily handle the tasks you've listed above save for heavy photo editing with Lightroom and Affinity. Don't get me wrong: of course you will be able to edit photos but it'll be pretty slow compared to a modern Mac with a 4-6x faster CPU and an n-times faster GPU where n is easily double-digit if not triple-digit in certain very specific exotic cases. You won't really notice a difference in regular office tasks such as MS Office, Excel, Remote Desktop, email, etc. between a brand-new iMac and your iMac once it's been upgraded with more RAM and an SSD.

    The good news is that your Late 2009 iMac will still run 10.13 High Sierra, which means you're looking at approximately another 2.5 years of software and security updates from Apple (support for 10.13 ends around October 2020). Alas, you should easily be able to squeeze out another 2-3 years if you upgrade your RAM to 8-16GB and add a 256-512GB SSD, depending on your disk space requirements. I'm a bit undecided on the actual amount of RAM you need - office tasks will be completely fine with 8GB and won't benefit from 16GB at all so it really depends on how much photo editing you do and how big those files are. Nevertheless I dare to say that 8GB should be more than enough for 99% of all users for the next 2-3 years.

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