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A friend is considering updating his IMac, his current setup is:

iMac
27-inch, Late 2009
Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, can put another 4 GB in it.
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
27-inch (2560 x 1440)

And the one he is looking at :
27" Display
Processor 3.2 i5
memory, 8GB DDR3
Graphics Nvidia GTX 680MX 2Gig of DDR5

My question, is it worth the upgrade? Considering it will cost just over 2.7K here in Aus. Just honest and helpful answers please.

Cheers
Edited by Krahe - 6/23/13 at 2:55pm
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post #2 of 7
What does he use it for? The only huge upgrade between the two is the GPU, the processor and RAM aren't huge leaps and bounds.

Personally I say no unless he wants to be paying 2700 essentially just to upgrade the gpu.
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post #3 of 7
If your friend is looking for something quicker I would suggest putting a SSD in his current mac and save some money unless your friend needs more graphics power.
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post #4 of 7
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Thanks for the replies, I will forward the link to this thread to him as we live in different cities. Keep your thoughts coming and thanks again.
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post #5 of 7
Unless his current mac is disappointing him with it's performance,then no need to upgrade.
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post #6 of 7
Is your friend gaming?
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post #7 of 7
yeah, I don't think the original owner is really in need up of an upgrade unless he really wants one just to have one.

+1 for an SSD/Hybrid hard drive upgrade, ram, and a fresh OSX install.
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