Suggestions on upgrade?

10splaya

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 13, 2017
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So I have a late 2009 iMac

500GB
3.06 Intel core 2 duo
12gb 1067 ram

Its gonna take a dump soon the HDD spins and its super slow when I have 3 chrome windows open with about 15 tabs in each. Running parallels with windows xp as a VM and quickbooks running in that.

Thats about it. Im constantly having to force quit chrome or quickbooks....anyways...

I was offered these 2 macs free before I was going to buy this:
21.5-inch iMac 3.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 4K display with 8gb ram and 1TB Hdd.

These are the 2 free macs I got:

iMac 27 late 2011 with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache 1TB HDD

  • Two Thunderbolt ports
  • Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
  • One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot
  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Audio in/out
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • IR receiver
AND THIS:

MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
128SSD drive

Connections and Expansion
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbps)
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Any ideas what direction I should go in?

I think Im lucky in the respect that my 2009 iMac is 8+ years old!

Thanks in advance!!!!

 

kohlson

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Apr 23, 2010
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These are all somewhat different systems. Do you want/need portability? If so, strike the desktops. Do you want a system that will last for years to come? Get the new system.
 
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BananaRasin

macrumors newbie
Oct 19, 2017
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Dallas
What's your use case?

Are you a professional?
Are you a student?
Do you travel a lot?
Do you need a lot of power and expand-ability?

I think we need a little more context before answering your question.

If you're a power user that needs lots of power and storage and you don't travel often then I would vote for the iMac, but if you're a student or travel a lot then the MacBook is where you want to go.
 

10splaya

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 13, 2017
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What's your use case?

Are you a professional?
Are you a student?
Do you travel a lot?
Do you need a lot of power and expand-ability?

I think we need a little more context before answering your question.

If you're a power user that needs lots of power and storage and you don't travel often then I would vote for the iMac, but if you're a student or travel a lot then the MacBook is where you want to go.
Im basically using it at my desk at work mainly for quickbooks in a virtual machine with XP in it.

Then I use excel and ms word along with web browsing. Not a student nor do I travel