Thread: Which iMac to purchase ??
07-15-2011, 11:02 AM #1
Which iMac to purchase ??
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- May 27, 2010
- Sinking Spring, PA
- 2012 iMac 27" i7 - iPAD 16gb - Mac mini G4 - ATV3
I am a PC person been working on computers since the dawn of man. Started with a TI99, learned programming in 1981 on an IBM mainframe, worked on an MAI Basic4 system and in 1985 started with an IBM XT. In 1990 I bought my first PC for 3k, a 286 with 20mb hard drive. In a real IT position since 1990. Very little Mac experience but I am tired of PC's, my current job has me working 9+ hours a day and when I go home the last thing I want to do is get on this Lenovo thinkpad. Picked up an iPad this year and love it, looked at the iMac and fell in love with it.
I am looking at a 27" iMac with the i7 processor. On average I keep PC's for 4-5 years since or until I can't stand them any longer. So I am expecting this Mac to last at least 5 years without becoming the dog my PC's have. The iMac will need to run VMWARE Fusion 3 with Windows 7 since I have a lot of Windows software and can't afford to upgrade everything at once. I have Corel X4, Adobe CS2, Office 2007 and a bunch of graphics applications that I really want to get into using again. I also have a large collection of pictures and slides that need to be scanned and cataloged. I have a flat bed scanner as well as a dedicated professional slide scanner. Sold my 35mm Minolta years ago and am looking at a digital camera and get back into taking photographs.
Here is what I have come across... do I buy a less than year old used
iMac 27" with 2.93ghz i7, 8gb RAM, 256gb SSD & 2TB SATA
or do I buy new
iMac 27" with 3.4ghz i7, 8gb RAM, 2TB SATA, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5
I realize these may be overkill but I'm 55 and tired of building PC's, I want something that will get me through 5 or more years and won't wonder if I made the right choice. I also have a daughter who is a gamer and I know when I get one she'll be the first to test that out! So any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks, Joe
07-15-2011, 11:08 AM #2
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- Jan 19, 2008
- houston texas
- 09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
I would buy the most budget will allow because hard drive and ram will be the only
upgrade you can make on these hardware wise. I would also consider using Bootcamp
besides VM in case you need to do some heavy use on the Windows side.
07-15-2011, 11:15 AM #3
- Member Since
- Jun 06, 2011
- 2011 27in iMac i5 3.1GHz, AMD 6970, iPhone 4, Wi-Fi iPad 2
07-15-2011, 11:46 AM #4
Your second option (the new iMac) is exactly the model I just got a few days ago. I'm with you: When I buy a machine I want it to last for 4-5 years. A used (or the refurbished section of the Mac Store) are nice, but I think I'd rather spend a bit more and get the latest processor, graphics, ...
So if you can afford the brand new iMac, I'd vote for this option!
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