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    Hello everyone, is it good idea to buy used iMac mid 2011 27'' with i5 processor, 12 GB RAM, 750GB SSD, AMD Radeon HD 6750m 512 mb , for video and photo editing? Price is 400EUR.

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    IMO no. Computers are not meant to last forever. That's 8 years old. Most parts are rated for 5-10 years. An i5 processor from 8 years ago is nowhere near the same as a current one. That graphics card is like 10 times slower than a GTX 1070, you might be better off with integrated Intel graphics. So you'd probably be better off buying a used i5-mobile Windows laptop at the same price.

    I would try to put together a few hundred more, and my advice don't buy anything older than 2 years unless you are buying a corporate machine off-lease, I've had great luck with those (but they were always corporate models).

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    Quote Originally Posted by markarrow View Post
    Hello everyone, is it good idea to buy used iMac mid 2011 27'' with i5 processor, 12 GB RAM, 750GB SSD, AMD Radeon HD 6750m 512 mb , for video and photo editing? Price is 400EUR.
    No! That's insane to spend $400 on an 8 year old PC. I wouldn't even pay $100 for something like that.

    You can buy a new one for $500 that will be multiple times faster then that.

    Just think about how many of the transistors have already burned out in 8 years.
    That PC is probably struggling with basic tasks already like playing back a Youtube video on 720p.

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    I use a 2014 Macbook Pro that I baught on release but it is definatley showing its age. I wouldent go for any machine from 2011, even an Apple one.

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    Older hardware will really struggle with newer camera codecs, specifically Long GOP codecs that are commonly used. It takes a heck of a lot of horsepower to decode those codecs, even more so if you're applying effects or multiple sources.

    But it could work for you if you employ a more proxy based workflow, if you have the hard drive space!
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