Recommendation between two older iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Curlyp, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Curlyp macrumors newbie

    Curlyp

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    Greetings all! I am looking to purchase a used iMac in the $350 range. I came across two different models/years that are going for $350. They are in good shape, but the older year of the two seems much "beefier"; however, is not able to be updated to Mojave. I am not sure which one to go with and would like to get your opinion.

    Below are the two models and pictures with specs of the ones I am considering. Which one would you go with?

    Mid 2011 27"
    i7 3.4GHz, 20GB RAM
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1024MB
    macOS: High Sierra
    [​IMG]

    Late 2012 27"
    i5 2.9GHz, 16GB RAM
    NIVIDA Geforce GTX 660M 512MB
    macOS: Mojave
    [​IMG]
     
  2. jerwin macrumors 68020

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  3. Curlyp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Curlyp

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    It would be nice for the faster speeds, but is not totally a "need".
     
  4. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    The graphics chipset in the mid 2011 iMac is notorious for failure. I would go with the 2012 for that reason alone.
     
  5. redheeler macrumors 604

    redheeler

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    I'd pick the 2012 as it's more future proof and the 2011s do have a higher failure rate for the dedicated graphics as @retta283 mentioned. 512 MB is a little light for the VRAM but it should be adequate in basic usage, really depends on how you plan to use the iMac.
     
  6. Zen_Arcade macrumors member

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    I’d get the 2012. Likely to be more reliable, USB3, likely to be supported longer.
     
  7. Curlyp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Curlyp

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    I just plan on using it for web surfing and video editing. Do you think I will be hindered by the i5 verses the i7?
     
  8. Zen_Arcade macrumors member

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    No.
     
  9. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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    Neither.

    Get a 2013 or later. Apple went with a cooler running HDD that year to reduce the heat problems inherent in the 2011 & 2012. Yes, the 2012 had problems, too.

    Avoid the 2011 unless someone got rid of the HDD and installed an SSD years ago. Even still, it's obsolete. I still have one and there are many that I service but those spinning heat pumps were jettisoned by 2016 and the NV RAM batteries replaced. Not one has suffered graphics problems — nor will they since I removed the source of the problem. In my case, our 2011 i5 does everything my wife needs. Still, I can no longer recommend that anyone buy one.
     

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