Wondering what to do with my iMac i7

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tpavur, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. tpavur macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    #1
    I'm going to be looking to buy a Mac Pro very soon and I'm wondering what to do with the iMac that I have now. It's a mid 2010 27" iMac i7 with 8GB of ram and a 1TB HDD; my first thought is to pass it on to my wife but the only thing she will use it for is internet and school, light photo editing. Should I attempt to trade this iMac for a Mac Pro? sell it and buy her a Mac Mini, or just keep it? Only reason I'm thinking of geting rid of it is because I just don't see her using this much power in her day to day uses. What do you guys recommend? do you often find people wanting to trade a mac pro for an iMac? does it have good market value right now? or keep it for the wife?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #2
    I think you should just sell it and use that money to buy a Mac Pro. IMO trades are rarely a good deal. Unless you find someone who specifically states that he wishes to switch his Mac Pro for an iMac, don't even try. Selling it for cash will be much faster and then you can buy the Mac Pro you want.

    Your iMac will fetch a nice amount of $ so keeping it for the wife doesn't make much sense. With the money you get from the iMac, you could easily buy two Mac Minis for her.
     
  3. tpavur thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    #3
    how much are these fetching right now in a used market?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #4
    1899$ in refurb store so I think we are looking at 1600-1800$. It has 8GB of RAM so probably closer to 1800$
     
  5. tpavur thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    #5
    that's not bad at all, i would take 1800... be nice if I could find a site that deals with mac for mac trades though, and trade for a mac pro to avoid the hastle. I appreciate the help!
     
  6. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

    rkaufmann87

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Location:
    Folsom, CA
    #6
    You could try Apple's recycling program, I have no idea what they'll give you for it but it's worth looking into: http://www.apple.com/recycling/
     
  7. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2010
    Location:
    Winnipeg, MB
    #7
    That site offered me 950 for my 2010 15" MBP. Craigslist sold for $1300. Craigslist would be best bet - cash transaction, no fees, no hastle.
     
  8. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

    rkaufmann87

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Location:
    Folsom, CA
    #8
    There is no doubt he would get more money selling it on his own. When I sold my last car I got far more for it than trading it in." However I also had to hassle with "buyers" not showing up, risking getting robbed and advertising it. It's possible going the recycle route may be worth it to the OP, only he can decide that though.
     
  9. mscriv macrumors 601

    mscriv

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    #9
    Keep in mind the current rumor is that the iMac line will be refreshed in the near future. If you wait to sell until after this refresh then your value will take a hit.
     
  10. tpavur thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    #10
    They offered me 1400 for it... I put it on the market today for 1800, we'll see what happens... thanks for the help.
     
  11. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010
    #11
    What are your plans for a display for the Mac Pro? If it was me I would keep the iMac, and use it as a monitor in "target display mode". That would also give you access to the iMac's speaker system through the Mini Displayport. You could also use the iMac's hard drive for file backup, or additional storage via the network. Also, you would have instant access to either computer. The only negatives would be extra power usage, and heat generation (not a negative in cold weather).
     
  12. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

    Badger^2

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2009
    Location:
    Sacramento
    #12
    Im the curious one.

    Why sell? At least in terms of raw processing power the i7 iMac is faster than most current Macpros.

    You have go to an 8 core MP to see something faster...
     
  13. tpavur thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    #13
    Thats what I'm planning on going with, with a 5870 GPU... and I would like the upgradability
     
  14. alust2013 macrumors 601

    alust2013

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    Location:
    On the fence
    #14
    That's not true. Only the base quad has less power. The 3.2 should be about the same, and the hex blows the i7 out of the water.
     
  15. tpavur thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    #15
    Thank you...
     
  16. capecod565 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2009
    Location:
    Cape Cod
    #16
    I usually donate good stuff, iMacs, printers, scanners, Photoshop books, whatever,,,,,to our local school. One of the teachers comes over and takes a look and what they can use, she takes over to the school. The rest of it either goes to the library, my grandkids, or on to our local FreeCycle Yahoo site.


    (PS, I had a big Glock sticker on one old Mac on the back of it, and had to scrape it off before it got to the school.)
     
  17. infidel69 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    #17
    Really? You need people to tell you what to do with your almost new imac?
     
  18. mscriv macrumors 601

    mscriv

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    #18
    Why post your commentary? What does it add to the thread? Seriously, if you have something helpful to contribute for the benefit of the OP then do so. If not, we can all do without your needless and unconstructive criticism.

    Observe the MR community, join the MR community, and add to the MR community, but don't detract from it with negativity.
     
  19. RubbishBBspeed macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    #19
    No chance of turning it into a fish tank?????
     
  20. Benz63amg macrumors 68000

    Benz63amg

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    #20
    are u kidding me? no CHANCE he will get 1800 for that computer, its an old i7 and the sandy bridge models are around the corner, he can get $1400 MAYBE. just go on craigslist and check prices.
     
  21. lannim macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2011
    Location:
    Indiana
    #21
    You could give it to me, I'll buy your wife a mac mini, and you wont have to worry about me not using that much power :D
    No hassle ;)

    But really, I don't know about getting 1800 from it, but Craigslist or even an eBay auction with a reserve set would be your best bet
     

Share This Page