New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Choosing the right iMac for me - Need Help!


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
tarheel

 
Member Since: Jun 14, 2008
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 92
tarheel is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac 21 Inch - 3.1 GHz I7 Quad Core - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD, iPod Nano, iPad Air - 16GB Wifi Only

tarheel is offline
My MBP is six yrs old and I am about to order a 21 inch iMac. I am a tech idiot. I have gone to the Apple website and compared two configurations of 21 inch iMacs. First, here's what I use my computer for: e-mail, web browsing/shopping, edit a few photos using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom, and I construct a lot of Excel files for financial programs using Microsoft Office for Macs-Excel. I am an old retired guy and I know Excel quite well and just don't want to use Apple's "Numbers".
I never play video games and never film or edit anything with video. I don't use or need a large hard drive - in contrast to most of you having a huge HD and wanting or needing additional space. My six yr old MBP has a 200GB HD that's never had more than 65 GB stored on it! So, that's what I do and don't do with a computer and here are the two iMacs I am looking at:
First: 3.1GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X8GB
256GB Flash Storage
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 1GB GDDR5
Apple Magic Mouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac - Auto-enroll
Accessory Kit

Second:
2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X8GB
256GB Flash Storage
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Apple Magic Mouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac - Auto-enroll
Accessory Kit
The two "differences" that stand out are the processor and the graphics card. The faster machine, tax included, delivered to me w/Apple Care cost $428. more. Not to sound rude but I can afford either one but don't want to waste money. Which would you order for the intended use stated above.
Thanks much for reading this long post!
PS - If "Lifesabeach" by chance reads this, do you do any computer work for a fee. If so we are both in Wilmington, NC, so let me know and I'll call you.

Last edited by tarheel; 03-23-2014 at 06:37 PM. Reason: Added information
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 38,388
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
From your input above, the second choice (less expensive iMac) should suffice for your needs. Keep this in mind, however.... The 21.5" iMac models are not user upgradeable at all. Which means you should purchase enough hard drive (SSD) space and memory that you think you will need for the future. By future, I mean the length of time you would like to get usage of the machine. Apple Care is an absolute must purchase for that machine, but I see you already intend to buy it anyway.
QUOTE Thanks
tarheel

 
Member Since: Jun 14, 2008
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 92
tarheel is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac 21 Inch - 3.1 GHz I7 Quad Core - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD, iPod Nano, iPad Air - 16GB Wifi Only

tarheel is offline
chscag,

Thanks for reading my rather long post and for replying. I know so little about computers and I highly respect your expertise in that topic.

You hit right on my concern with either iMac - I want to go with the 256 GB SSD and I know it's not upgradeable. I have never sold a computer - I use 'em until they are worn out and either destroy the HD and recycle the rest of donate for parts to non-profits.
As I said, I have never had more than 65 GB on a hard drive so 256 GB seems plenty for me - but that would not be true for many users of this forum.

Thanks again,
Bill
Wilmington, NC
QUOTE Thanks
TattooedMac

 
TattooedMac's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 19, 2009
Location: Waiting for a mate . . .
Posts: 7,710
TattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: 21" iMac 2.9Ghz 10.9.4 13"MBP 2.9Ghz i7 Yosemite 10.10 ~ iPhone5 iOS 8 ~ iPad Mini iOS 8 ~ ATV3 6.1

TattooedMac is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarheel View Post
As I said, I have never had more than 65 GB on a hard drive so 256 GB seems plenty for me - but that would not be true for many users of this forum.
True, I have a 256GB Media Folder

But to add to Charlie's post, as the weeks go by, the file sizes of this and that are getting bigger by the day, so even if you needed more space, a $100 2TB 5400RPM USB3 Ext HDD will do your needs and still have the speed to do editing with.

CogFrog Studio's ~ Photography, Apps and Web Development
Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
QUOTE Thanks
tarheel

 
Member Since: Jun 14, 2008
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 92
tarheel is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac 21 Inch - 3.1 GHz I7 Quad Core - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD, iPod Nano, iPad Air - 16GB Wifi Only

tarheel is offline
I kept thinking about the iMac not being upgradable - and put that with the fact that I have used my last two computers for 6 years - and I took the advice given. I ordered the 21 inch iMac with the fastest I7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and the 500 GB SSD. My only concern, and it's not too much of one because I bought Apple Care, is that the SSD hard drive will be reliable. Murphy's law applies to everything but you would think a solid state drive would have fewer failures that a spinning hard drive. Oh well, the Apple Store says it should reach me by April 2 to the 4th.
Thanks again for your thoughts on this situation/question.
Bill
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 38,388
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
Nice machine and great choice. Let us know when you get it and what you think of it after taking it for a spin.
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 25,681
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarheel View Post
My only concern, and it's not too much of one because I bought Apple Care, is that the SSD hard drive will be reliable.
You get 12 months of Applecare with every computer purchase. You can extend this to three years (two additional years)…if you purchase extended Applecare before the first 12 months are up.

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks
cheddar-caveman

 
Member Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posts: 102
cheddar-caveman is on a distinguished road

cheddar-caveman is offline
Don't forget tarheel, you can always use an external HD if you need more space.

If you are going to extend your warranty, you don't have to pay the asking price of around 270. I bought mine here for 170 and it was fine! I appreciate that this is for a Mac Book Pro but they sell for all models.

AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro 15" 17-inch Retina Display **NEW** | eBay
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Mac without keyboard/mouse causes poweroff | Internet help »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
iPad can see iMac but iMac can't see iPad janalowe iPad Hardware and Accessories 6 06-06-2014 11:50 PM
iMac hard disk failure after 18 months - not amused PeterMac Apple Desktops 29 03-26-2014 10:24 PM
iMac 10.1 Graphic Problems anrich Apple Desktops 1 03-22-2014 01:16 PM
iMAC keyboard issues Gabrielc Apple Desktops 2 03-20-2014 08:49 AM
Help restoring my iMac Plosser Switcher Hangout 2 03-19-2014 05:22 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:15 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?