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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:32 am 
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Our iMac repairer says our mid-2011 27in iMac is not repairable. They don't sell Macs so she suggested we get a used later one from CEX and they would transfer our HDD (which itself was a late replacement) to the replacement at no cost. But we need to ensure it's an i5 or i7 and "not one of the very thin ones".

As far as I can tell from searches, the 2011 style was replaced in 2017 but I'd appreciate any advice available here... e.g. any models particularly recommended or to avoid ;)

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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:18 pm 
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The sixth major revision (late 2012) uses a different display unit, omits the SuperDrive, and uses different production techniques from the older unibody versions. This allows it to be thinner at the edge than older models, with an edge thickness of 5.9mm (but the same maximum depth).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMac

The 2012s were the start of the thin glued together ones, much harder to upgrade the RAM, especially the 21.52" models,
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*By default, this system has 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM. Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the RAM in this system. However, as first discovered by site sponsor OWC, this system has two SO-DIMM slots (204-pin). Unfortunately, accessing these slots requires one to pry off the display that is glued to the case and remove the logic board.

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac ... #macspecs1

The 2012s have USB3 ports, the 2011s had USB2 ports... I chose to get the 2011 model...

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac ... specs.html


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:07 pm 
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So I got the wrong end of the stick - seems my options have been reduced considerably :)

Thank you very much for your input... :tu:

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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:56 am 
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This company, https://macbank.co.uk, seems well rated. I know a number of local businesses who have bought from them.

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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:42 am 
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Highmac wrote:
Our iMac repairer says our mid-2011 27in iMac is not repairable.

Not Stormfront by any chance? They repaired my 2006 G5 iMac when it was well past its deleted date, but at a later date they told me that they couldn't upgrade my 2011 iMac as it was "too old". I find it hard to believe that yours is not repairable. There are cheap iMacs on eBay "for spares or repair" so that's the parts side covered; now you just need to find a competent repairer.

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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:20 pm 
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Why not try Darren at http://www.macfixer.co.uk?

I've known him to fix iMacs that Apple say can't be repaired.

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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:26 pm 
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If you do buy second-hand I personally would avoid CEX. I have returned broken items to them which they tried to sell me again later.

And another recommendation for Darren for repair work.

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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:12 pm 
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After seeing the prices being asked for used machines, I'm stepping back and considering whether to use the money towards a more recent machine. It doesn't feel sensible spending on a machine which is an unknown quantity and could go the same route at any time.

Thanks for all your responses - always helpful and very much appreciated :tu:

I'll let you know where I go from here ;)

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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:43 pm 
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I think older Macs hold their prices because later ones all have more & more drawbacks, are always less upgradable, & require all new never heard of cables & adapters.

Shame you don't have Mac of all Trades over there, you can purchase a 2 year Warranty on Macs that are quite used/old...

https://www.macofalltrades.com/refurbis ... -desktops/

Heck, a 27" for as little as $449!

https://www.macofalltrades.com/shop/app ... ze=27-inch


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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:54 am 
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BDAqua wrote:
I think older Macs hold their prices because later ones all have more & more drawbacks, are always less upgradable, & require all new never heard of cables & adapters.

I'm tempting fate here, but I think the pre-thin iMacs (dating from 2011) are possibly the best.

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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:44 pm 
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i wouldst be tempted to agree lest the powers that be might smite my confidence.


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:28 am 
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I have never upgraded my iMacs (apart from the RAM and only because apple was stingy on that front, but the new unupgradable ones come with enough ram), so just get the newest one you can afford, then get an enclosure for the HDD and do the transfer yourself.

I have the 2015 27" iMac and its grrrrrrrreat as Tony would say.

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:52 pm 
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Be aware that Apple may well be launching new Macs 30th October. After that the excellent Apple Refurb Store may well have some reasonably priced machines.

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:38 pm 
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Almost all 2010/2011 models suffer with GPU failure so I would caution against replacing with one of them. Do you know what is wrong with yours?

2012 and later are the newer slim designs with no SuperDrive. Generally reliable so I’d advise looking for a 2014 or newer one of them on the used market. Only caveat is displays are glued in so upgrades are slightly more complex but not that much. RAM on 27” is via a trap door but on 21.5 it requires display and logic board removal.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:31 pm 
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Hi Darren - Thanks for the info.

I gave up on the 2011 iMac when the replacement graphics card went after a year. I retrieved the HDD and scrapped the rest of it. I bought a 27in LG monitor so I can use it with the MBP. The extra "real estate" with the extended desktop is wonderful and I could eventually use the monitor with a Mini... ;)

Edit to add: Belated thanks to all who posted in this thread :tu:

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