Should I Take the Plunge

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Applefan17, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Applefan17 macrumors member

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    So I recently took at trip to my neighborhood Apple Retail Store and fell in love with Apple's desktop beauty, the iMac. With magic mouse in hand, I quickly commandeered the machine for myself and cruised through the slick features that I just love. Now, this would be my first Mac purchase so I am a little worried whether or not I am making the right choice.

    With the baseline iMac model in question ($1199), I'm wondering if it can handle all the things I plan to start doing:

    Photo editing (mainly Aperture 3, with the ability for some light Photoshop/Lightroom down the road)
    Video editing (maybe a little iMovie/Screenflow screencasting and Final Cut Pro X for down the road use)
    Everyday computing (web browsing, word documents)
    Maybe a little Web design sometime later on

    I do plan on doing a RAM upgrade from the standard 4GB to 12GB or 16GB (not through Apple)
    I also plan on splurging on an external HD as to preserve the onboard HD storage space

    I am not a creative professional or anything, everything I want to do is strictly for hobby so I don't really demand the highest possible computing power to get things done as fast as possible

    So, is the base-line iMac a good idea for me?
     
  2. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes the baseline would handle what you are talking about, especially with the memory upgrade.

    You might want to take a look at the refurbs as well. That is the route I went and saved us about $400 on each of the 2 27" iMacs we purchased. So that savings can bump you up some from the bare baseline.

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/imac/21

    So for $50 more than the current retail base, you get a bumped HD, bumped CPU, and bumped Video.


    I would go with the latest 2011 models to ensure you have the latest video options and Thunderbolt for future use.

    Also, I would recommend getting Apple Care, which you can get for 119 I think it is with a student discount. 3 years of peace of mind is nice to have.
     
  3. Applefan17 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the reply!

    So in terms of Apple's "refurbs", what exactly do they mean? Are they just used systems that have been returned by other users? I would imagine Apple wouldn't sell computers with even the slightest problems.
     
  4. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Open box items that were perfect, returns that were perfect or defective then fixed. Either way, it still comes with a default 1yr warranty and is still applicable for Apple Care. You just don't get a pretty retail box, it's a plain white box.
     
  5. Applefan17 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, thanks for the info, I will definitely be looking into Apple's refurb models for a good deal. If anything, I'm just glad that the base-line iMac is a good system to support my needs if I don't find a good deal for a refurb iMac
     
  6. jwm2 macrumors regular

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    I just bought a baseline at best buy 2 weeks ago for $1124 and couldn't be happier. I do web design / graphics design and manage several e-commerce companies from my desktop. I also like to play games (portal 2 on max settings) and browse the web. I've got 16gb of ram and am loving it. I probably didn't need to buy 4 4gb sticks of ram but its so cheap ($30 a set) i figured why not? So i can attest that you will be just fine with the entry level machine and shouldn't have a need to upgrade for several years. I plan on passing this machine down to my oldest daughter when the time comes :)
     
  7. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, it should handle all that with no problems and RAM upgrade is very inexpensive these days.

    My first Mac was a 2009 iMac refurb (all refurbs have same as new warranty) and when it arrived it was hard to tell it wasn't brand new!!!
     

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