Regret buying iMac. Can I return it?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by transporterfan, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. transporterfan, Oct 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013

    transporterfan macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2013
    I just bought the new iMac but I regret it now because I think I should just get the new Mac Pro and pay it off in payments. Can I still return it? I got it in the mail last week. Don't get me wrong I love the iMac but I think I should just get the Mac Pro.
  2. buster84 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2013
    Mac Pro's are nice, but if you look at the basic one for $2400 its not that much better than the maxed out Imac and the mac pro still needs a screen. I also head that you can't change out the video cards anymore which was the hole point of the mac pro. If you plan to buy a 6 or 12 core model then your going to be light years ahead of the imac.

    You have 14 days to return the imac
  3. transporterfan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2013
    I was thinking of getting the Mac Pro but I really don't know how much it will cost. :(
  4. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    Assume > $3,000 for the base model, sans screen, and you'll probably be on the right track.

    Ask yourself this: what would the new Mac Pro let you do that a decked out iMac would not? The Mac Pro is going to emphasise more CPU cores and GPU processing, and if you're not using applications that leverage this (most don't) there will be minimal gain.
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    MacPro's can cost anywhere from $2400 to $20,000 depending on how you configure them.
  6. propower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2010
    You can absolutely return the imac (within 2 weeks)

    I agonize about wanting the new pro as well for pro audio... Always used to use pros and am now "auditioning" an imac.

    I get my imac tomorrow and will have one day after the 10/22 Mac Event to decide to stick with or "go pro". As long as the 27" imac with SSD only is quiet enough I think it really is all I need. Will sharpen my excel skills to compare them in the meantime to see what could sway me to the Pro :)
  7. transporterfan, Oct 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013

    transporterfan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2013
    What kind of applications take need the power of something like the new Mac Pro?

    I don't need it but I just want it. I honestly can't afford it without payments. I have $1000 saved up but that's only for emergencies like my car breaking down, losing my job, etc. As I mentioned already, I just bought the new 27 inch iMac fully decked out (i7, 4gb VRAM, 8gb ram, 3tb fusion drive). I had saved up money to buy it and using my tax return really helped.

    I really like it but I want more. I do a lot of work in 3d animation and soon, video. Plus I would like to play some video games (note: I have not played any games so I don't know how the iMac is for games but that isn't the reason I bought it for).
  8. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    Look, if you know you don't have the ability to really afford this thing without going dead broke, and you have to ask a forum to justify your decision, I don't know what else to say.

    I get the feeling that regardless of whatever anyone here says, you'll get the Mac Pro anyway.

    The iMac will be more than for games (the 775M and 780M are *good* cards) - potentially better than the workstation cards in the Mac Pro.
  9. transporterfan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2013
    Thanks. Don't worry, I won't buy it. I'm aware the 27 late 2013 iMac is good enough for me. I don't like being in debt. I only like buying what I can actually afford with the money I have. I'd be under a lot of stress spending money I don't have. I don't want that to become a habit. Besides I hope to graduate next year and start career hunting by early 2015. That's when I think I'll be able to afford a Mac Pro without a problem granted other priorities are in check.
  10. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Realistically you can nearly max out a iMac at the near cost of a mac pro without a monitor you did the right thing. I would get a Mac pro if i take up heavy graphic design, but for apps like photoshop the Imac will do you fine enjoy. Oh and the money you save you can keep it aside for one of those retina iMacs when they become available down the track.
  11. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    The best thing to do would be to ask the retailer you bought it from? People on here can only speculate.
  12. Sanatogen macrumors member


    Sep 5, 2013
    That is a problem, isn't it? You can't go around wanting things that you don't need, that is how the world's economy went pear-shaped in the first place. If you honestly can't afford something you want, you need to save up money for it or just leave it and hope to get something similar.

    What is it you want us to say anyway? You made the decision to purchase the machine, are you not an adult? Take responsibility for your actions instead of looking for justification on an Internet forum.
  13. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    dude...what more do u expect from a mac pro?
    the current imacs are the best desktop computers on the planet.
  14. NCWildcat macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
    Are you a professional video/image/audio editor or developer and owning a Mac Pro will increase your productivity and increase your income? If so, then yes get one. It will be a valuable tool for your livelihood.

    If you want it "just because" with no justification for the computing power (be honest with yourself, do you REALLY need or will be able to use all that extra power) than perhaps you need counseling. And I mean that seriously. You're talking about spending more on that Mac than a lot people spend on their cars. Just so you can say you own one and it looks pretty sitting on your desk.
  15. AaronM5670, Oct 9, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2013

    AaronM5670 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2012
    Exactly, I'd feel sad for all that poweerrrr to go to waste! ;) :(

    The iMac is the best thing I've ever owned so far in my life and I don't think anything can beat it in terms of an all-in-one package. Seeing as a Thunderbolt Display costs $1500+ and this is likely to go up if they release a 4K version, or you're a pro or student (such as myself), I can't see you needing the extra power, especially as you have already have a maxed-out model!
  16. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    You can always get the iMac Pro next time around, maybe by that time you'll actually need it.
  17. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    If you even have to consider whether you need to the new Mac Pro's power or not, the answer is NO.

    If you have a RED camera and are editing native 4K-5K footage with tons of video tracks or effects, than it might be a good choice for you ;)

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