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mid 2010 27" imac still worth buying? for $675


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I was just going to buy a used imac and was just wondering if it would still be worth it or if i'd be better off getting a new mac mini or macbook air? the specs are 3.2 ghz intel i3 processor, 4gb ram, and 1TB HDD
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Yes.

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I think it all depends on cost.. My iMac is a late 2009 i5 2.6GHz and performs well. The RAM on the machiney ou are considering may be a little low but that you can upgrade at small cost. I'm struggling to find a reason to upgrade my . Only advantage would be some processor intensive tasks would be quicker ( FCPX rendering) but everything else I'm not sure I need a faster machine.

The Mac Mini is a good machine, and has the latest USB3 and Thunderbolt connections. Do you need/want these. Do you already have a monitor, and is it in good condition, else you'll need to add this to the cost of ownership.

If the iMac is in good condition the price should be competitive. It also depends on what you want to do with it. can affect your decision as well as the price.
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I think it all depends on cost.. My iMac is a late 2009 i5 2.6GHz and performs well. The RAM on the machiney ou are considering may be a little low but that you can upgrade at small cost.
Of course it depends on cost...everything depends on cost. OP already told use the asking price is $675. We know the cost.

What you're not factoring in is the value of the 27" display by itself. The display used is the same as the 27" Apple Cinema Display/Thunderbolt display. A new 27" Apple Cinema display costs $999. Of course a 27" iMac display doesn't have some of the convenience features of the 27" display.

But for $675 you get a great 27" Apple display with a computer inside! Price what you can get (used Apple computers) for $675...and you'll see what a great value this is.

This 27" iMac is actually worth closer to $1000. So $675 is a great deal!

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The iMac is a fair buy. If you do go that way suggest boosting the memory up to 8GB and then installing Mavericks OS X.9 on it.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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I would certainly buy one at that price. Obviously it will depend on how you intend to use that will determine whether its a great deal for you (for example, if you're a hardcore top-drawer gamer this might not be the machine for you). For any sort of typical user, I think that's a sweet machine at a great price, assuming everything works properly etc.
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