Should I buy a 2017 iMac ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Tom Bergeron, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Tom Bergeron macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2017
    i need advice

    I am growing weary of windows 10 and I quit PC gaming.I currently have a Mbp/iPhone so guys should I make the jump to iMac for deskstop as well?

    What model would you guys also recommend for just everyday normal stuff ? Browsing , email , watching videos and maybe some small document work like word/excel.

    Thank you advance
  2. Falcon80 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    I would recommend the 21" (any tier seems fine for your usage) version and have it hooked up to the existing external monitor you have for your current PC setup.
  3. trsblader macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2011
    I can't answer the should you part, that's a personal decision. It sounds like you're having a good experience with your current Apple devices and a not so great experience with Windows 10. I'd personally go with the company providing the better experience.

    As for which model to buy, if you do buy one, get the base model 21.5". Not need to upgrade anything just to surf and watch videos.
  4. nexesnex macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2014
    One thing I would add: If you do get a 21" base model, upgrade the hard drive to a SSD or a fusion drive. Getting the base 21" is going to run kind of slow and the SSD will really improve the overall speed of the computer- A worthwhile invest for a computer you plan to have for 4 or more years...
  5. cptn.nemo macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2016
    Yeah I'd get the base model and make one upgrade to an ssd it will make a huge difference. Don't buy the ram lol
  6. trsblader macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2011
    So I know the SSD is a normal upgrade for a lot of people, but in the OP's case I don't see it being necessary. Just watching videos (presumably YouTube or Netflix) and opening mail or office files will be ok even on a normal spinner drive. If that's really all that the OP is doing, I wouldn't do a single upgrade, not even ram. I'd plop that sucker down on my desk and then take that $200 the SSD upgrade costs and go shopping for another hobby.
  7. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I switched to Mac back in 2007 as I needed a new PC, all my friends used Macs and with Intel CPUs, I could still run Windows when I needed to / had to. Honestly, I have never looked back. I find Windows 10 acceptable, but I would never exchange it for macOS.

    As for which iMac to buy, I strongly recommend the 27" with 8GB of RAM as you can increase the RAM yourself via quality 3rd-party options like Crucial or Kingston, which will save you literally many hundreds of dollars over getting it from Apple direct. You also get a 1TB Fusion Drive as a minimum, though I would really consider the 2TB (or even 3TB if you need that much) as the SSD section is significantly larger (128GB vs. the 32GB of the 1TB).
  8. cptn.nemo macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2016
    You don't need 27" or upgraded ram to watch YouTube that's insane. The ssd carries the OS and programs so it dramatically speeds up boot time and loading programs so if anything upgrade that and it will increase the resale value too but you'd be fine with the very base. I have a laptop with half the iMacs power and I do everything i need plus some gaming. You won't be lacking with even the base model no upgrades for your use
  9. c613m macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2011
  10. kblbn86 macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2016
    My advice --> go for the base 27'' model with RP 570 + 512 SSD.

    You will still be able to play Blizzard games. (One does not simply quit gaming. You will have some cravings)

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