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  • 15. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (19,515 points)

    Memory    4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 16GB

    not just to 8

  • 16. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    killhippie Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)

    You can actually put 32Gb in it, the same as the 27" version.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3160562?start=0&tstart=0

  • 17. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,300 points)

    Here are the specs for that iMac:

     

    http://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i5-2.7-27-inch-aluminum-m id-2011-thunderbolt-specs.html

     

    Org. price $1,699; total RAM supported by Apple: 16 GB.

     

    It'll have Lion installed; however, since it was originally released in May - before Lion was introduced - you could check with Apple on the original build number and might be able to install Snow Leopard on an external drive and be able to boot with it. Worth investigating if it's important to you. Here are the build numbers of iMacs:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1159

     

    As you can see, some came with SL, some with Lion.....

  • 18. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,500 points)

    In addition to this forum, use the Apple Help menu, and buy a book as a ready reference:

    1. Mountain Lion - Missing Manual, Pogue Press

     

    There are several expressed opinions about potential 2012 iMac hardware failures. Get Apple Care then. Three years of hardware coverage in case something unplanned goes bump. The screen fails or the machine incinerates because of a martian death ray; Apple replaces the machine. Stop with the scare tactics.

     

    If you can manage the finances, go with the 2012 iMac and get the 16GB memory option. Far better CPU and graphics capabiity than 2011 models. Need a DVD drive, get the Apple external model. And, you qualify for One-on-One.

     

    Want to run Snow Leopard on that 2012 iMac, you can in the Parallels Desktop 8 virtualization software. See here for more information on those steps. MichaelLAX is the authority on this process and a frequent contributor to this community.

  • 19. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    Huss417 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I thank you all for all the input. I just hit the button to purchase. I added the One on One which the store said wasn't an option which it is. I also ordered the Apple Care. Delivery 1/15-1/17 so with tax a little over 1500.00

     

    Now going to purchase the extra memory.

  • 20. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,300 points)

    Are you suggesting to buy the new iMac with the 16 GB option supplied by Apple?

     

    If so, why pay a premium? RAM can be added for significantly less later.

     

    FWIW, the OP asked for opinions, which were supplied. They will differ, but everyone is entitled to their own.

     

    And, Apple doesn't simply "replace the machine"; usually, a minimum of three attempted repairs is necessary before a replacement is even contemplated. It took 5 months and 7 repair attemptes on my Macbook before a replacement was offered.

  • 21. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,300 points)

    Great to hear - good luck with your new machine!

     

    Where are you buying the RAM?

  • 22. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    Huss417 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @babowa

     

    Thanks.

     

    I am open to any suggestions on where to purchase the RAM. I will either go with 2x8 or 2x16 depending on the cost. Says it supports up to 16GB but others are saying 32GB

     

    This is what is in there now.

     

    Memory4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 16GB
  • 23. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,300 points)

    Well, I'm the cautious type and generally stick with the officially supported number, but there are plenty of people who have trusted OWC (macsales.com). These guys test the RAM and guarantee it, so it's your decision

     

    Your model should be one of the ones listed here:

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/iMac/2011/DDR3_21.5_27

     

    You have a lot of choices; I went with adding 2 x 4 GB for a total of 12 GB. You can add 2 x 8 for a total of 20 GB. The previous two choices assume you are leaving the original RAM.

     

    If you want to take out the original RAM, you can do 4 x 4 GB, 2 x 8, or 2 x 16....... upon checking, I see that there are no 16 GB, so you can do 4 x 8.

     

    If you're just adding, simply leave the original RAM where they are and pop the new RAM in the other two slots. RAM should match horizontally (left and right slots populated with the same RAM).

  • 24. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    Huss417 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was even wondering how much RAM I actually really need?  My current imac that I am presently using  is 2x2 GB but from what I was told it only reads 3GB.

     

    Thanks for letting me know about the 4 slots wasn't even giving that a thought. I will look at the price on the 2x4, 2x8 and the 2x16.

     

    Appreciate the help.

  • 25. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,300 points)

    Look at my post again - I had to edit it: there are no 16 GB modules.....LOL.

     

    But, regardless, you still have a lot of different options. I'm doing fine with 12 using Final Cut Express and a lot of other video/graphics type software (for video editing, rendering, etc). If you're into gaming though, absolutely max it out.

  • 26. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    Huss417 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will probably do the same as you and bring it up to 12 total. If I have been running 3 I should be great with 12.

    Thanks again

  • 27. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,500 points)

    Are you suggesting to buy the new iMac with the 16 GB option supplied by Apple?

    Not on the 27 inch iMac that has four user accessible memory slots. Macsales has 16GB for $109. The 21.5 inch 2012 iMac has no user accessible memory slots (according to the Apple iMac tech specs) and that is where I would recommend 16GB Apple option for future proofing. You will notice that Macsales also offers a memory kit for the 2012 21.5 inch iMac. They use red ink to describe the memory upgrade process as “very complex.” Since Apple didn't design this machine for memory upgrades, the mental cost of tearing it apart would exceed the money saved.

     

    The above was my opinion.

  • 28. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)

    David M Brewer wrote:

     

    WZZZ wrote:

     

    Still in doubt that the mid-2011 will run Snow Lepoard. In theory they should, but I've yet to hear of someone who's done it.

    My mid-2011 came with Snow Lepoard. Just a few weeks before Lion came out...

    Yeah, I was talking only about the currently available ones that ship with Lion (or is it ML now?)

  • 29. Re: Purchasing a 2011 new or refurb iMac vs new 2012?
    steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,040 points)

    WZZZ wrote:

     

    David M Brewer wrote:

     

    WZZZ wrote:

     

    Still in doubt that the mid-2011 will run Snow Lepoard. In theory they should, but I've yet to hear of someone who's done it.

    My mid-2011 came with Snow Lepoard. Just a few weeks before Lion came out...

    Yeah, I was talking only about the currently available ones that ship with Lion (or is it ML now?)

     

    I bought my MBP July 2011 ... which makes my MBP every so slightly more valuable re-sale than August 2011 for particular user-market.