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New home Mac
« on: March 17, 2021, 02:55:10 PM »
My 2007 imac has finally given up the ghost and I'm looking to replace it. Should I go another imac or possibly a mini and where would you buy?

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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2021, 03:27:24 PM »
I bought this in the fall and love it. I don't have experience with the minis.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-27-imac-with-retina-5k-display-latest-model-intel-core-i7-3-8ghz-8gb-memory-512gb-ssd-silver/6200723.p?skuId=6200723

I have one exactly like it at work except it has a 1TB Fusion Drive. I don't notice a difference between them

I have a Best Buy credit card and they offer 18 months and sometimes 24 months 0% financing which is better than Apple's 12 months. Plus I get rewards. I even bought my kitchen appliances from there. They price match as well, not that you need it with an Apple product.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2021, 03:41:32 PM »
Yikes!

Finally debt free, my wife would shit a brick.


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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2021, 03:46:13 PM »
If you want one with the new M1 chip you are limited right now to a Mac Mini or a laptop.

Check carefully whatever you buy because some newer Macs either can't have ram upgraded or you have to disassemble the whole thing to get to it. Same for  hard drives. If you don't want to disassemble to upgrade or can't upgrade a particular model be sure to buy it with enough ram and enough hard drive capacity and the right kind of hard drive to future proof it.

Mac minis cannot have ram or hard drive upgraded is one example. You need to buy it with the most you think you will ever need of both RAM and hard drive.

If you want an iMac wit the Intel chip Skryber's posted specs would be good other than 8 GB of RAM is a little light but the model of 27" iMac she posted is still a simple procedure to add RAM. None of the iMacs are a simple procedure to change the hard drive.

As for where I'm a big fan of the Apple refurbished site: https://www.apple.com/shop/refurbished

Buying refurbished from Apple still gives you the full one year warranty and Apple Care can be bought as well.

I just built myself a PC Hackintosh that will run both Mac OS Big Sur and Windows 10. Creating a Hackintosh is a nightmare but once it is done you are set. But it is also a deadend since you can't create a Hackintosh to run the Mac OS for the M1 chip.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2021, 03:47:07 PM »
Yikes!

Finally debt free, my wife would shit a brick.

 :lmao:

That is actually a pretty good deal for the latest new model of the 27" iMac.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2021, 03:56:56 PM »
It wasn't so bad for me to pay it off quick. I've been using it to earn extra money with freelance jobs. Plus, I can depreciate it $500 off my taxes for last year and the next 4 years. That is if you're going to use it for "home office" work.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2021, 04:21:54 PM »
Just today, I installed Big Sur on the work Mac. I like it so far. I'm going to install it at home later tonight.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2021, 07:37:53 PM »
My work Mac died so I'm trying to get used to Windows that's a few years old. The company they insist on buying through says they can't get a new box very fast with a graphics card because there's a shortage. So no new computer. Lots of old files lost too. Fun all over the place.  :shoots_self:
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2021, 09:48:51 PM »
My work Mac died so I'm trying to get used to Windows that's a few years old. The company they insist on buying through says they can't get a new box very fast with a graphics card because there's a shortage. So no new computer. Lots of old files lost too. Fun all over the place.  :shoots_self:

Obviously they aren't buying from Apple. They will overnight you one. No shortage for parts with Apple. :rotf:

The above workplace behavior, never updating hardware or applying security updates, are the companies you read about that hackers have encrypted all of their data and demanding a ransom to get it back. My plant manager is always saying never update your computers every time we are updating something. I just reply by asking him if has read about the latest sensational hacking like with SolarWinds or Microsoft Exchange? Those hacked companies are the ones that never does updates to their SolarWinds or Microsoft Exchange installs.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2021, 09:55:43 AM »
I have a plan for a memory upgrade. Going to Vegas Sunday, we'll see how big I can go. Or not at all  :lmao:
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2021, 10:43:46 AM »
Yours can go up to 128 GB for a mere $629.99.

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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2021, 12:04:43 PM »
I looked at those exact ones.
Roulette needs to be good to me.

I'll probably get 2-4 16s.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2021, 01:44:35 PM »
I would love to do a Hackintosh, but sadly no M1, and now no more Fry's. Looks like from here on out I will be buying pre-built machines and adding on...
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2021, 03:52:43 PM »
I would love to do a Hackintosh, but sadly no M1, and now no more Fry's. Looks like from here on out I will be buying pre-built machines and adding on...

You can still get the parts via amazon, newegg.com or ebay.
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Re: New home Mac
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2021, 07:32:17 PM »
We had a couple backup drives for time machine but one walked away at some point. All kinds of craziness with getting everything hooked up and speaking to each other again. Luckily I can plead ignorance of Windows so I can stay out of it. First time in decades I haven't had some new used machine dropped into my lap and just expected to make everything work.

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