Replacing 2011 27" i7 iMac advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JimEddie, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. JimEddie macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking about finally replacing my 2011 27" i7 iMac. It's served me well over the years, but I think it's high time I replaced it with a newer model.

    The question I have is do I go for:
    • Refurb 2017 i7 iMac, or
    • New 2019 i5 iMac (the 3.1 GHz model)
    It looks like they're reasonably evenly matched, I guess the main factor will be new model vs discontinued model?
     
  2. imaccooper macrumors 6502

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    What are your use cases for the iMac? Generally speaking, I am always going to recommend an ssd over a fusion drive whatever you are doing. After that, it starts to matter what you are doing with the computer.

    I have no reservations buying from the Apple refurb store to save a bit of money as long as the appropriate configuration is available, but I always try to get the newest available model if possible. In this case, that might mean waiting a few weeks/months for some 2019s start showing up, but that will be a worthwhile wait for a newer machine.
     
  3. Gary171 macrumors newbie

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    I’m in the same boat with a 2011 iMac.....95% of machine use is email and web based stuff but I feel like I’m missing out on OS upgrades now - and machine is very slow waking up and logging back in. Debating getting an ssd to speed things up, maybe a Mac mini, 21” iMac ... I’m all over the place but mostly just kicking the can down the road. A new machine is definitely a want to have, not a need to have.
     
  4. prss14 macrumors regular

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    Recently started booting up externally, Thunderbolt, ssd. I should have done it years ago. Faster than it was when it was new.
     

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