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Which iMac to Buy?

joogle 6,676 359 September 10, 2015 at 07:21 PM
Hi - I've never owned a Mac but have been wanting one. I was deciding between Macbook Pro 13" vs 15", but today at BestBuy saw the iMac desktop machine and think it's amazing.

I need some input which version of iMac to buy, I am leaning towards the 5k model. What upgrades should I get? It seems I can upgrade RAM by myself, so I maybe able to save there.

Also, if anyone has suggestions on saving more on this model (buying at BestBuy vs Apple Store) etc., please share some feedback.

FYI - I do have a friend who works at Apple whom I can ask for discount, seems like they get 15% off.

Thanks

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The Mac Rumors Buyer's Guide can offer some sinsight into product lifecycles. http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac
It may not be the best time to buy an iMac. Note, current iMacs have very limited upgrade-ability. If you prefer a laptop, you can hook up a secondary display.
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Definitely get the 5K iMac over anything else if you can budget it. Without knowing anything about your use case, I'd recommend you go for the SSD upgrade...or at least fusion drive if ssd is too far out of budget

Look in the refurbished store also...your friend's 15% will stack with the already discounted refurb models for even greater savings. Apple refurb is equivalent to new for all intents and purposes.
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Hi - I've never owned a Mac but have been wanting one. I was deciding between Macbook Pro 13" vs 15", but today at BestBuy saw the iMac desktop machine and think it's amazing.

I need some input which version of iMac to buy, I am leaning towards the 5k model. What upgrades should I get? It seems I can upgrade RAM by myself, so I maybe able to save there.

Also, if anyone has suggestions on saving more on this model (buying at BestBuy vs Apple Store) etc., please share some feedback.

FYI - I do have a friend who works at Apple whom I can ask for discount, seems like they get 15% off.

Thanks
I would say buy 27inch. I always regretted buying a 21inch imac and 13inch pro Big Grin Bigger is always better as the screens in these machines are awesomee
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thanks, yeah im looking for a desktop computer to replace existing i7 Desktop. It's mainly used by everyone in the family because it's in a location where everyone just sits and uses it. But I was even thinking of using it for coding/etc.

i thought the iMac would be best since it's display is amazing, large, and overall very sleek in saving space.

plus i think these devices hold their value for a long time if i ever need to upgrade down the road.
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Keep an eye on Cowboom deals. You missed a great deal on a 15" macbook pro with retina last week. $900 off $2000.There is an iMac there now http://www.cowboom.com/product/1634583/ but its only about $500 off list price. Don't recall if you can DIY SSD on the newer iMac's. It's barely worth bothering with a fusion drive if you open the thing up.
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Keep an eye on Cowboom deals. You missed a great deal on a 15" macbook pro with retina last week. $900 off $2000.There is an iMac there now http://www.cowboom.com/product/1634583/ but its only about $500 off list price. Don't recall if you can DIY SSD on the newer iMac's. It's barely worth bothering with a fusion drive if you open the thing up.
thanks, will have to see best way to get a good price on this unit, only concern with cowboom is their 'Fair' description and how much warranty is left on a unit.
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thanks, will have to see best way to get a good price on this unit, only concern with cowboom is their 'Fair' description and how much warranty is left on a unit.

Just got two 15" rMBP's from the $1099 deal last week. One Satisfactory has Apple Care until June 2016 with the ability to buy two more years of AppleCare+. So far I can't tell a difference between a new unit and this one. Battery cycle count 9.
The second one I got is Fair condition. It was never registered so I have AppleCare until September 10'th 2016. It looks brand new except for a small ding on the outside screen lid. It's so small that you can't see it unless you hold it at an angle against direct light. Battery cycle count 4.
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I decided to get the Macbook Pro 15 Retina (mid-2015) model Mjlt2Ll/A which has the following specs:

2.5GHz i7
512GB SSD
16GB Ram
Intel Iris Pro Graphics and AMD Radeon R9 M370X

Got it for 1500 shipped used on eBay, warranty valid till July 2016.

I think that was a good price to jump on, any feedback, still have time to cancel/return.

I was thinking of possibly now buying applecare - any suggestions there
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That's a good price and the MBP should serve you a long time. Applecare can be added anytime in the first year so if you're planning to keep it then its not a bad investment for peace of mind.

And as much as you might have wanted that iMac, I think the rMBPs are a better overall choice for practicality.
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Got it for 1500 shipped used on eBay, warranty valid till July 2016.
You'll want to transfer the existing apple care warranty:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202712
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You'll want to transfer the existing apple care warranty:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202712
it does not have applecare on it, just default manufacturer warranty so i don't think that requires any sort of transfer.

but yeah i any sort of applecare that exist on apple products when selling to someone else requires transfer
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it does not have applecare on it, just default manufacturer warranty so i don't think that requires any sort of transfer.

but yeah i any sort of applecare that exist on apple products when selling to someone else requires transfer
The initial 1yr warranty IS apple care
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The initial 1yr warranty IS apple care
Yeah but it does not require to be transferred based on Apple chat I had with their CS
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