Quandary (Refurb, Mini, New)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Miggsman, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Miggsman macrumors newbie

    Miggsman

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    #1
    Any opinions, insight, criticism valued and appreciated...

    PC user with Mac history. Typical use. Internet w/ streaming videos; word processing; Excel; PPT. Not much of a gamer. Lots of music, photos, and videos. Sync and stream to Apple TV, iPhones, and iPad.

    *Education discounts applied*

    OPTION 1
    $1,360 + $560 = $1,550 + $370 = $1,920
    Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory
    $120 Apple Care
    $70 Crucial 16 GB (8GBx2) [20 GB total upgrade]

    OPTION 2
    $1,600 + $190 = $1,790 + $370 = $2,160 (13% > 512MB Refurb)
    Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics with 1GB memory
    $120 Apple Care
    $70 Crucial 16 GB (8GBx2) [20 GB total upgrade]

    OPTION 3
    $1,095 + $1,070 = $2,165 + $370 = $2,535 (32% > 512 Refurb / 17% > 1 Refurb)
    New Mini 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB memory
    1TB Fusion HD ($225 upgrade)
    $100 Apple Care
    $70 Crucial 16 GB (8GBx2) [20 GB total upgrade]
    $740 Dell U2713 (27”)
    $60 Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
    $70 Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX
    $30 Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS USB 2.0 External DVD-Writer

    OPTION 4
    $2,205 + $220 = $2,425 + $370 = $2,795 (46% > 512 Refurb / 29% > 1 Refurb / 9% > Mini)
    New iMac 27-inch 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
    8GB (two 4GB) memory
    1TB Fusion HD ($225)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB
    $120 Apple Care
    $70 Crucial 16 GB (8GBx2) [24 GB total upgrade]
    $30 Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS USB 2.0 External DVD-Writer

    $190 Refurbished 2TB Time Capsule
    $120 Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 - Single License
    $60 iWork
    $370
     
  2. mlh324 macrumors newbie

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    I went option 1 with the intentions in using it the same way as you. refurb + RAM upgrade + 2TB TC for roughly the same price as a base 2012/13 model. What do you miss out on? A thinner display, a better graphics card, and a little processor bump. None of those were deal makers/breakers for me.
     
  3. Miggsman, Nov 28, 2012
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    Miggsman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Miggsman

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    After thinking it over and over..and reading this forum over and over...I, like you, can only justify option 1. The other options are great, but I don't see the cost-to-value for my needs.

    I've been driving myself crazy comparing the 512MB GPU to the 1 GB GPU on the refurb. I just don't think the extra 512MBs are worth $250.

    Two things are hanging me up. One, will the refurb price go down on Friday with the new release? Two, the mac mini option is pricey, but once I own the peripherals I can upgrade in the future with just a new mac mini for 50% the cost of a new iMac.

    Does anyone else feel guilty about focusing so intensely on one's own wants during the Christmas season? Especially with so many others having great needs?
     
  4. mlh324 macrumors newbie

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    Good plan. I'm using mine as a 2nd TV so the display brilliance won out and made my decision easy.
     

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