Which 2012-2013 iMac did you buy and why?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by flavr, Apr 1, 2013.


Which 2012-2013 iMac did you buy?

  1. 21.5-inch: 2.7GHz 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M with 512MB

    6 vote(s)
  2. 21.5-inch: 2.9GHz 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB

    8 vote(s)
  3. 27-inch: 2.9GHz 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with 512MB

    7 vote(s)
  4. 27-inch: 3.2GHz 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB

    4 vote(s)
  5. 27-inch: 3.4GHz i7 1TB fusion drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB

    42 vote(s)
  6. Other Configuration

    42 vote(s)
  1. flavr, Apr 1, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013

    flavr macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    Which 2012-2013 iMac did you buy and why?

    27inch / 3.2 i5/ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX / 1TB HD

    This to me was the best bang for the buck. The 675mx is really a 680m which brings performance closer to the 680mx. Like 95% of people I have no need for the i7. I will add more RAM and external SSD when prices come down this year. This spec should remain strong until my 3 year AppleCare is up at which point I will sell and buy the 2016-2017 iMac...
  2. raziel101 macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    27-inch: 3.4GHz i7 768GB SSD drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB and 8 GB RAM

    Opted for the SSD and 3.4 GHz only because I could - and it just kept me at ease.
  3. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    See the sig, chose the option in the poll as well.

    Why? It was the one they had in stock at the Apple store in Augusta, GA. :)
  4. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    2.9GHz i5, 660M, 3TB Fusion Drive.

    Recently upgraded the RAM to 32GB Patriot Signature.

    Why? Budget and TBH my set up is more than enough, even the RAM I upgraded out of boredom and wanted to take advantage of the sale.

    If Apple offered a less powerful set up, I would've ordered it. I was happy with my old Mid-2012 MacBook Air Base but wanted a 27" iMac.
  5. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    I got the base model 27" iMac because I mainly wanted USB 3 and the larger display.
  6. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2013
    Columbia, SC
    Fusion and 680MX because it was the most outfitted config I could get at an Apple Store.
  7. Dr Charter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    21.5-inch: 2.9GHz 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB

    I've always liked the 21 inch size. I might go with the 27" someday but for now this was the perfect model for my budget. Since I do some light gaming, I though the 650m was a good investment and would serve me well for the next 3-4 years. I didn't get fusion because I couldn't justify the extra cost.
  8. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    27", 3.4GHz, i7, 1TB Fusion Drive, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB & 8 GB RAM. Added 16GB RAM for 24GB RAM total.

    Purchased this due to the type of work I do in my business.
  9. Potzynoodle macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2013
    I chose the 27" iMac 3.4Ghz 8GB 3TB Fusion nVidia 680MX Trackpad and chose 'Other' in the Poll.

    I multitask a LOT and will be using it for audio and video production.
  10. harlex macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2011
    I chose the 3.4 with 3 tb fusion and 2 gb graphics for its speed for photography and video editing.. Miss the superdrive, but just ordered BlueRay LG.
    Apple doesn't seem to think that the pro's out their deliver Blue Ray content.

    Seriously though the price of the iMac is now getting stupid and therefore PC's are making real sense and bang for bucks. Please don't start a thread about Windows and the virus, Apple has it's share and I had Vista on a Sony for 3 years and never a problem with viruses.
  11. mushroomtip macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2012
    27-inch: 3.4GHz i7 768GB SSDGTX 680MX

    Because I'm mentally ill .
  12. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2008
  13. michelg1970 macrumors regular


    Jul 26, 2011
    Gouda - The Netherlands

    I can buy the following iMac CTO with 10% discount (open box):

    Processor Speed 3.4 GHz (turbos to 3.8 GHz)
    RAM 16 GB Type RAM 4x PC3-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM
    Hard Drive 3 TB Fusion Drive
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
    Display 27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT LCD with IPS

    I would like the GTX 680 MX card and would initially choose the 1 TB Fusion Drive option and upgrade the memory to 16 GB with 3rd party mem but this basically costs the same.

    I didn't play games on my old iMac but would occasionally give Far Cry 3 a try. Would this suffice or does anyone reckon to go with my first choice.

  14. karpich1 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    When making the poll, I probably would have left off the Hard Drive sizes. I imagine a large chunk of the "other configuration" votes are people going 3TB Hybrid or 768GB SSD

    Since you only have so many Poll slots but have 3 or 4 pieces of configuration.
  15. Dor Levy macrumors member

    Dor Levy

    Feb 6, 2013
    iMac 27" / i7 / 32GB / GTX680mx / 1TB Fusion Drive

    I have upgraded the CPU because I render at Premiere. The 680 is off course because I do use the Adobe CS. I use the 32GB so I can do a lot of stuff simultaneously.

    I wished that the SSD would be cheaper. Can't afford it.
  16. OT2000 macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2007
    27" iMac
    3.2 Ghz i5
    8GB Ram (added 16GB more)
    3TB Fusion

    27" iMac - A no-brainer. I LOVE being able to have 3 screens open, side-by-side. I do a lot of work and multi-tasking and the 21" wasn't big enough.

    3.2 GHz i5 / 8GB Ram - This was the right blend and bang for buck for what I needed. i7 probably wasn't going to benefit me much.

    3TB Fusion - Because I needed the storage, LOVE the Fusion. My goal was to rid my desk of wires and external hard drives so I went 3TB with a wireless backup in my media closet (External HD + Airport Extreme)

    GTX680mx - I love to game. Since I keep my iMac for 5-6 years, I figure this will keep me covered.
  17. flavr thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    Ideally...I just made any configuration not "off the shelf" at an Apple Store as "other"
  18. Bean7 macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2013
    27-inch: 3.2GHz 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB

    it's good for me, money and performance ;)
  19. jtrainor56 macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2010
    Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
    27" iMac
    i7 3.4GHz
    GTX 680 MX
    8 GB RAM and added 16gb more
    3TB Fusion HD
    TrackPad & mouse

    I went this route because it was cheaper than having an affair and didn't piss my wife off as much! :D
  20. ranger052 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2013
    Fusion Drive
    8GB Ram-About to become 32GB :p
    i7 3.4

    why? because I want that mac to last at least 4 years :)
  21. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    Initially ordered 27". Besides the yellow tint issue, i had decided that the screen was way to big for my liking, so i returned it.

    Ended up with 21.5 i5 2.9, 16gb, fusion.
  22. Sech macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2012
    Just ordered a refurb 27 with 675mx GFX. Wanted one for a while - I just couldn't pass up the price.
  23. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Honestly no. Go price a 27" LCD. We are talking easily $500 for a good one. The rest are components. That makes up the difference. If you built a PC with the same components and added a 27" monitor the price will be about the same.
  24. tomwvr macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2012
    Frederick Maryland
    27 inch
    3.2 I 5
    16 GB RAM (installed 8 more after receiving it)
    1 TB Fusion Drive
    GTX680MX 2GB

    Added a 2 TB Time Capsule at the same time
  25. DFWHD macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2011
    27 inch
    3.4 I7
    24 GB RAM (ordered 8, came with 16, I added 8 more after receiving it)
    1 TB Fusion Drive
    GTX680MX 2GB

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