Which iMac? Please help :)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by katpoole3, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. katpoole3 macrumors newbie

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    Please please help me pull the trigger! I don't have money to blow, need a new computer and have never bought a MAC, but cannot wait to own one. I've read tons of posts and don't feel confident making a decision re: which iMac to get without input from others. I would truly appreciate any input.
    I will be doing a lot with photos/photoshop, and basic editing of videos from iphone. I'm leaning towards 27" bc I can upgrade RAM and to Fusion/SSD in future if need be. Or, will 21.5 suit me with 16gb RAM and Fusion drive included. I'm looking at the following refurbished iMacs and am on a budget, and am open to any other suggestions:

    Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
    Originally released September 2013
    27-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1440 resolution
    8GB memory
    1TB hard drive1
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
    Built-in FaceTime HD camera
    $1529.00

    OR
    Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
    Originally released October 2012
    
21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    
16GB memory
    
1TB Fusion drive
    
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB
    
Built-in FaceTime HD camera
    $1569.
     
  2. MarkieMark92 macrumors regular

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    I would recommend the 27" one because of the screen space and you can't upgrade screen space after you have brought it. Also the Graphics Card is better so will help with Photoshop and Video Editing. You shouldn't need 16GB memory straight away so you can upgrade that in the 27" when needed and also you can add an SSD to the 27" when you need it :) Also with the 27" you will find it much more comfortable to use for longer periods of time.
     
  3. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    Between those two...it's a no brainer!
    27 inches
     
  4. dizmonk macrumors regular

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    I just ordered a 27" Refurbished and I got the 3Tb Fusion Drive.. It really sucks that Apple is limited the 21.5" iMacs to 1TB.

    If you have a LOT of photos/videos then I'd recommend the 27" and possibly a regular 3TB hard drive.
     
  5. Truthfulie macrumors regular

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    You can easily upgrade RAM yourself on 27" model up to 32GB, you can't with 21" model. Go with 27".
     
  6. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Yup, no-brainer get the 27".
     
  7. katpoole3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the responses, it was just what I needed! Ordered the 27" iMac and am so excited and relieved to finally make the decision. Thank you again for taking the time to respond!
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I don't think you can upgrade the SSD in the new Haswell iMacs because PCIe SSDs that fit the iMac don't exist in the market yet. Hopefully OWC will introduce upgrade kits for it soon (albeit at a pricey cost).
     

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