Should I upgrade my Imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by al2813, May 30, 2016.

  1. al2813 macrumors newbie

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    My main home desktop is an Imac since 2006. I am now at my 4th Imac, all of which (except the first one which i bought new) went through a similar upgrade cycle. I bought a 2nd hand machine with less than a year on the counter, and adding an Apple care, it allowed me to use it for 2-2.5 years before the support expired. At that point i sold the machine and bought a newer model to go through the 2nd cycle. Reason for this, is that this while the imacs are quite reliable, experience showed me that you can expect at least one issue during these 2.5 years, and it is good to have a warranty in place....

    until now the update decision was always easy. The new machine was invariably better than its predecessor. Either a bigger screen or a newer design and certainly better performance.

    I have reached now my upgrade point,and for the first time this is not 100% clear to me. I have now an end 2013 imac 27. it runs out of warranty in December, and the natural thing would be to get a Retina 27 machine (which would be an upgrade as my current machine is only 2k screen). however, my current machine is the top of the line end of 2013 model (I was lucky to get it for a great price from a design studio):
    it is an i7 4771 3.5 ghz, with 16GB RAM and a massive 4GB Nvidia GTX 780M gpu. As Apple increased by a lot the Imac prices, I can only afford now a the lowest Skylake i5 (6500 OR IF I'm lucky a 6600), and the basic GPU with 2gb of memory. I wonder if anyone in the forum has gone through a similar upgrade and can give any feedback. I am very worried to find myself with a weaker machine, especially as I am doing quite a bit of video conversions with the machine. Any feedback, advice is appreciated....
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    The 2013 machine is a nice computer, I'd not rush to replace it.

    Are you feeling like its slowing down?
     
  3. al2813 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no I'm not. it is performing extremely well (only thing it is a bit slow to wake up from sleep). The only reason to change is that i do not want to stay with a machine that is not under warranty.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Food for thought, do you replace your vehicles, appliances when the warranty expire? If the Mac breaks when its out of warranty, then make the decision to replace (or repair). Chances are you'll get several more years out of the Mac before you need to deal with some sort of malfunction.

    Save your money, upgrade the HD to a SSD perhaps and ensure you have a solid backup regiment in place, then you'll not need to replace the computer imo
     
  5. cynics macrumors G3

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    You don't mention it (or I missed it) but if your 2013 has an SSD I would just hold onto it, that is a good machine. Unless 5k helps you in anyway switching might end up being a downgrade. Maybe save up some more money so you can get a nicer 5k model?
     
  6. al2813 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi, the machine does not have an SSD unfortunately and upgrading this myself is too risky to my taste. Having said that, i am convinced now more or less to hold to it...
     
  7. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

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    There is no reason to upgrade that machine. If you could find a shop that would put in a SSD, that would be only upgrade I'd do.
     
  8. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Sticking with the 2013 is a compromise because you don't get the 5K display but going with the i5 instead of the i7 is also a compromise. It depends on which is more important to you (and TBH, it'd be the 5K display for me).
    You can always get an external SSD instead of opening up your iMac.
     
  9. Chris64tx macrumors member

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    I am in a similar position. I have a late 2012 i7 3.4, 8 gigs of ram 1TB HDD. I have noticed that it is getting a bit slow at startup and opening apps. Question, I am a photographer so the 5k iMac would be nice. However, I can't afford a new iMac with an i7 chip and SSD. I can stretch to get an iMac with the i7 chip and 256 SSD internal and hookup an external drive for more space. Should I upgrade?



     
  10. cfs macrumors 6502a

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    I still run a mid 2007. It began to get slow about a year ago so I delete a bunch of apps and it runs like new with El Capitan. I decided to shift to Apple in 2007 for the very reason that while I would pay more, my machine would last.
     
  11. al2813 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    mine is not slow except when waking up. The 5K display is indeed nice to have, but the i7 to i5 is a real downgrade. I am interested to hear more about the external SSD option. Is it possible to have the machine boot from the external SSD and still have the same speed?
     
  12. ivanwi11iams Contributor

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    Booting the iMac (Late 2015) from an external SSD is fast. I've tested it using the Blackmagic hard drive test app.
     

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