Recommendation for a 2008-2012 iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dandeco, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. dandeco macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    I have decided it's almost time for me to get an Intel desktop Mac. BUT, the thing is, I want one that has a good processor and graphics chip/card, upgradable RAM, a SuperDrive and audio input. I don't want to spend more than $600 on such a model, and I'm trying to aim for 20" to 21" in screen sizes. A model made between early 2008 and late 2012 would be good.
    I plan to do quite a bit of photo and video work on this iMac, and I am hoping it would be at least a bit faster than my mid-2009 MacBook.

    I'm kind of right now aiming for either the early 2008 or early 2009 20" screen models. Any recommendations?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    I would go for the 2011 21.5". They can take 4 sticks of RAM like the 2009 and 2010 models and CPU is a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or i7 which is nearly as fast as a 2013 iMac. The stock GPU is a AMD Radeon 6750m w/ 512MB GDDR5 VRAM which can handle most tasks sufficiently. They can take both a 3.5" HDD and a 2.5" SSD (with an adapter cable). They are going for $500-700+ on eBay.
  3. dandeco thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    Hmm, that's a good choice. It'd cost a little more than a new Mac Mini, but that has NO optical drive, it has integrated graphics, and there's a chance they'll be updating the line soon. A 2011 iMac may be the safer bet. :D

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