Questions regarding an early 2009 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TrollToddington, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. TrollToddington macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    Hi gang,

    My little sis plans on joining a course in Design in her University. She has told me she needs a new, more contemporary, computer in order to do the exercises for her classes. She has been modelling jewelery for a few years and wants to enhance her knowledge. On a few occasions, I've helped her process some series of photographs with Aperture but now I think she'd rather started doing her homework herself.

    Long story short, I am offered the following configuration:

    Early 2009 24" iMac 2.93 GHz core 2 duo
    640GB 7000 RPM HDD
    256 MB VRAM
    4 GB RAM
    wired keyboard & mouse
    In perfect condition
    OS Lion
    The seller does not mention if the computer has warranty (presumably, no warranty)
    Price asked: 500€

    The questions:
    1 will this configuration be sufficient for running light-to-medium Photoshop and Aperture 3? Will it be able to process 10-12 MPix RAW files from a Nikon camera as effortlessly as my i3 iMac does? I presume it will be quite OK for browsing the internet and watching movies.

    2 Do you think this machine can last for additional (at least) 3 years?

    3 is this a fair price for this iMac? The seller is a Learning center which is upgrading their computers.

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)



    Macs last as long as you want them to.

    I'd say it's a little high, but it's not like you are getting badly burned.
  3. PurrBall macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2007
    I have the same model iMac. Aperture can be sluggish at times with large libraries, but it's completely useable. Photoshop works great as well.

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