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    • Tilly182
    • By Tilly182 3rd Aug 18, 12:39 PM
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    Looking to buy an need help
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 12:39 PM
    Looking to buy an need help 3rd Aug 18 at 12:39 PM
    Hello everyone I知 looking to purchase an iMac but I have a bit of a budget and the new models are not within that. I知 wondering if anatomy could be me Iv been looking at the iMac 2013 and the 2015.. I致e heard you can upgrade parts such as the ram etc any information would be great on upgrading parts too and where to get these things done I live in the uk. Also if I was to purchase of 2013 or 2015 model And upgrade certain parts would it be worth it? I知 a hobbyist photographer and would like to use it for programs such as lightroom and photoshop, I decided to go for Apple as I have an iPhone and iPad and then all my devices..
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    • armchaireconomist
    • By armchaireconomist 3rd Aug 18, 12:58 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 12:58 PM
    Buy a Windows laptop for less money and a better spec.
    • macman
    • By macman 3rd Aug 18, 1:51 PM
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    About the only thing you can easily upgrade on an iMac is the RAM, that's a simple slot-in job. It's a sealed unit otherwise and it doesn't sound like you would have the skills to DIY.
    Have you tried the Apple Outlet store for a refurb?
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • almillar
    • By almillar 3rd Aug 18, 1:55 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 1:55 PM
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    A Windows laptop instead of a Mac desktop? That doesn't really fit the bill/
    iMacs are expensive. Have you considered the Mac Mini? Not the cheapest one as it's a very slow processor IIRC, but the one up should be fine. Add a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
    For the iMac, the RAM is easily upgraded via a slot under the monitor, but, again, off the top of my head, the hard drive needs the screen to come out of the front!
    21 inch iMac will obviously cost less than 27, but 27 will be beautiful for photos.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 3rd Aug 18, 2:52 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 2:52 PM
    iMacs are expensive.
    Originally posted by almillar
    Only when you buy your first one. Subsequent ones end up being cheaper than a Windows PC due to the fact Macs retain their value far better.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 3rd Aug 18, 3:19 PM
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    Only when you buy your first one. Subsequent ones end up being cheaper than a Windows PC due to the fact Macs retain their value far better.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    Didn't I already debunk this nonsense?
    • Tilly182
    • By Tilly182 3rd Aug 18, 3:45 PM
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    So do guys think I would be better off with a windows desktop? I知 happy to have windows as you can install iCloud so therefore my files will be across all devices
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 3rd Aug 18, 4:20 PM
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    So do guys think I would be better off with a windows desktop?
    Originally posted by Tilly182
    I'm guessing that lightroom and photoshop provide pretty much the same functionality on Mac and Windows. Which OS are you most familiar with?
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 3rd Aug 18, 7:25 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 7:25 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 7:25 PM
    Hello everyone I!!!8217;m looking to purchase an iMac but I have a bit of a budget and the new models are not within that. I!!!8217;m wondering if anatomy could be me Iv been looking at the iMac 2013 and the 2015.. I!!!8217;ve heard you can upgrade parts such as the ram etc any information would be great on upgrading parts too and where to get these things done I live in the uk. Also if I was to purchase of 2013 or 2015 model And upgrade certain parts would it be worth it? I!!!8217;m a hobbyist photographer and would like to use it for programs such as lightroom and photoshop, I decided to go for Apple as I have an iPhone and iPad and then all my devices..
    Originally posted by Tilly182
    What is your "bit of a budget"?
    Since you state that you are in to photography, your choice of monitor will be important.
    Likely your budget won't stretch to a Wide Gamut monitor. You probably don't want one anyway.
    Dependent on your level of dedication, you might end up spending more on the monitor than on the PC itself.
    https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/buying-guides/best-monitors-for-photographers.

    Your thread title should really mention photography, in order to attract the people with specialist knowledge(if there are any lurking).
    • Tilly182
    • By Tilly182 4th Aug 18, 10:24 AM
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    My budget is around 」500 although I知 willing to stretch it for the right computer. I would say I知 a very enthusiastic amateur photographer
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 4th Aug 18, 11:13 AM
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    My budget is around 」500 although I!!!8217;m willing to stretch it for the right computer. I would say I!!!8217;m a very enthusiastic amateur photographer
    Originally posted by Tilly182
    You should really read up on monitors for photographers. The PC itself can be relatively inexpensive and still be more than adequate. Monitor and printer, dependent on the end product, is far more important.
    • almillar
    • By almillar 6th Aug 18, 1:25 PM
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    iMacs are expensive.
    Only when you buy your first one. Subsequent ones end up being cheaper than a Windows PC due to the fact Macs retain their value far better.
    I actually ride this wave a bit with my recent MacBook Pros, but I don't think you should be saying they're not expensive. They simpy are.
    OP's budget is 」500, get them an iMac for that. You'll find that a better specced PC can be found for the same price. Yes, it may be bigger and it may not look as nice, but if OP is OK with the choice, Mac isn't a good budget choice, precisely because of your point - holding thier value well, means a second hand one is more expensive than its PC counterpart.

    Advice to OP - on an iMac you really really pay a premium for the slim, one piece design. You're paying a lot of money to not have a box uner your desk!
    • datostar
    • By datostar 7th Aug 18, 8:18 AM
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    About the only thing you can easily upgrade on an iMac is the RAM, that's a simple slot-in job. It's a sealed unit otherwise and it doesn't sound like you would have the skills to DIY.
    Have you tried the Apple Outlet store for a refurb?
    Originally posted by macman
    Only a simple slot-in job on the 27 inch version. The 21.5 inch has to be opened - big job.
    • 20aday
    • By 20aday 7th Aug 18, 8:41 AM
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    The last iMac 21.5!!!8221; model that allowed the user to upgrade their own RAM was the 2011 version; after that it became soldered to the motherboard and to the best of my knowledge it!!!8217;s only last years models that can have the RAM upgraded again but you have to get Apple or an Apple Specialist to do it for you!
    It's not your credit score that counts, it's your credit history. Any replies are my own personal opinion and not a representation of my employer.
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