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Sold 2017 iMac Upgrade 2020

snowtrooper1966

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Oct 13, 2011
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Nuts!
I bought a mid 2017 27” iMac August that year.
Configured it w/
4.2 GHz quad core i7
1TB SSD
Radeon Pro 580 8GB
and self upgraded RAM with pair of 16GB Crucial DDR4 2400’s.

Definitely over-kill for our needs, but the Mrs was getting into pro photography, so was looking at best we could afford since we’d be owing it for many years.
Cost to me was in the $2.8K range.

After having some user account security issues with younger member of household, started contemplating needs for 2019 model w/T2 chip, and that the AppleCare extended warranty was just about expired figured we’d sell and buy factory refurb, but would need to cough up some more dough over what I expected to get (Apple offered 1.4K in trade-in) once sold on eBay.
Comps for the mid 2017 were in the 2.2 range.

After a bit more research and time taken to create listing, figured I’d start high for a week, then possibly accept/make offers or interested watchers.
To my great pleasure, it sold within a few days for full listed price of 2.6K!

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That day, I received notification the 2020 iMac’s had launched. For kicks I decided to price one out.
To my great shock, it looked like I was going to be able to afford a brand new mid-tier 3.3GHz six core custom configured w/1TB SSD without any $’s out of pocket.

Minor step down from 4.2GHz 2017 processor.
Unclear how the Radeon Pro 5300 4GB compares with the 2017 580 8GB, but doubt I’ll notice any difference in our pedestrian usage.

I was also originally on the fence about including the 32GB 2400MHz RAM, but looks like that was a good call on two accounts:
The top dollar realized for the sale and that the 2020 iMac uses 2600MHz.

Comically was also waffling on including the Magic Mouse 2 & Numeric Keypad, forgetting it was just a $30 dollar upgrade.

So, TL:DNR
Have a 2020 iMac being configured and order processing as we speak for essentially what I made selling the hopped up mid 2017....

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ojhs

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That't great! Thanks for sharing. I am contemplating getting my first iMac and can choose between your 2017 model or the cheapest 2020 for the same price. While I understand later tends to be better, I'm curious if that's really the case here... If you're able to notice any difference I'd be curious to hear!
 
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mj_

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After having some user account security issues with younger member of household, started contemplating needs for 2019 model w/T2 chip
First of all the 2019 didn't have a T2 chip yet. The 2020 is the first iMac model with T2 chip.

Second, how is a low-level security device like the T2 chip going to help you with your "user account security issues with younger member of household"? What are you looking/hoping for?
 
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snowtrooper1966

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First of all the 2019 didn't have a T2 chip yet. The 2020 is the first iMac model with T2 chip.

Second, how is a low-level security device like the T2 chip going to help you with your "user account security issues with younger member of household"? What are you looking/hoping for?
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He was restoring from backup to a version where he knew the userid logins.
Now weee able to password protect restore....
 
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