Used iMac 27" - $2,300

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Grassgreen, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Grassgreen macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2013
    it´s got 1 year left on warranty


    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    22GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    1TB Serial ATA Drive+256GB SSD
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5

    good deal or no?
  2. MacTCE macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2013
  3. repentix macrumors regular

    May 26, 2013
    Possible with:
    8GB+8GB+4GB+2GB sticks

    But the imac is still not a good deal, because its a 2011 model for 2300$, you are better of sving up 200 more and getting a 5K imac with standard specs and a MUCH faster GPU and better screen.
  4. MacTCE macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2013
    I personally don't think that's a good deal. If I remember correctly you could get s refurb 2013 27" iMac with a 3TB Fusion drive and a 780 graphics card for under $2300. The memory is upgradable yourself so that won't be as much as a concern to be. Additionally you want matched pairs for the ram. So 8+8+4+2 is less than optimal.
  5. fathergll macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
  6. Funnone macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
  7. Grassgreen thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2013
  8. fathergll macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    The problem is you can get a base model Retina for the same price(yes there are stores having sales on them at $2300). Spend another $130 on it and you have 24GB.
  9. thekev, Dec 1, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2014

    thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I can't see why you even paused to consider this. It's terrible. First that generation has gpu problems. The display glare on those is terrible. The display itself has several years of wear, as does the drive. You could do much better just going for either used or refurbished through Apple or a reseller, especially with cyber monday deals. I mean there is absolutely nothing good about that with the possible exception of the ssd. Bumping ram and budgeting for an ssd would not bring you back to this price level. It's also partly third party ram not covered directly by Apple. I know this because Apple doesn't sell that configuration. The same may or may not be true for the ssd.

    Look around before posting. It's like you didn't bother to do any reading before this, but since you already posted though, something like this would be a much better purchase. You should also look into cyber monday pricing. Some of the third party retailers clearance stuff around this time. Note that even after adding ram and ssd, you would have a better machine with negligible wear and tear for less money.

    Also if you do continue to look at used machines, get help from someone you trust. I'm really convinced that anyone who paused to consider that is likely to be ripped off by a seller.

    Last note is that it doesn't have to be the retina model. The imacs were redesigned in 2012. That is of the old design, and as I mentioned 2011 models were problematic in general.
  10. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    I have a 2011 2.7 i5 27" iMac and I've never had any problems with it or ever read about any problems with that year. In 2012 Apple started gumming up the iMac screens, making it very difficult to work on. You can have OWC put up to three SSD drives in a 2011 iMac but not 2012 or 2013.

    But for sure that iMac is way over priced. I'd offer them about $1200.

    I'd feel luck if I could get $700 to $800 for mine with 24GB of memory.
  11. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    They had a repair program for that specific model. If it happens more than a year out from now, the OP would be out of luck. The 27" models seem a bit more accessible overall. They still left user access to ram in those, so memory isn't a big deal, but point taken about the irritation. It still wouldn't make me want to touch one of that age for that kind of money. As I pointed out there are more recent options for less money. They're newer generations so the differences between i5 hyperthreading disabled and i7s aren't even a point of argument. The speed hasn't increased much at the top, but the 2012s and especially the 2013/14 models can easily hold up to that. If the OP puts the graphics to work, performance would also be superior in that area.

    Overall I guess I can't understand why anyone would give $2k+ a second look for something of that age, even if it might still be a solid machine (note repair program again).
  12. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    $2,300 for a three year old machine :eek:

    Like one of the previous posters suggested get a 2013 refurb and upgrade the RAM yourself.
  13. hummer28 macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2008
    From a precursory glance I would probably say that is priced too aggressively. I recently sold a late 2012 iMac with the following specs and got a hair over $2200 for it.

    Apple iMac 27" (late 2012 model)
    AppleCare good through Q1 2016
    3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9Ghz
    24GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2x8GB)(2x4GB)
    768GB Flash Storage
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5

    Other individuals have sold similarly spec'd machines for right around $2200-$2300 pretty recently.
  14. fastlanephil, Dec 2, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2014

    fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    I found out about about this yesterday. Luckily my 2011 2.7 GHz i5 model used a different graphics processor. I was at The Mac Store and a guy on the floor said he thinks they are only paying about $350 trade in for the affected models. :eek:
  15. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    $2,300? No way I would ever buy it. You could spend the exact same money and get a base model 5K iMac from B&H Photo, delivered to your door for the exact same amount of money.

  16. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    They really could do better than that in credit toward a new machine.
  17. fathergll macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    Thats what blows me away. I guess if you throw the bait out there some sucker might bite. Maybe I can try and sell my base Retina iMac 3 years from now for over 2 grand lol

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