I think this is a great deal. For reference if it helps people, two years ago I was still using a late 2009 iMac (Core 2 Duo) which was more than capable given the following. It was very easy to: 1. upgrade the RAM - I had 12 GB using some spare sticks 2. replace the HDD with an SSD - I used a spare 256GB Crucial 3. replace the optical drive with an HDD - I had a spare 1TB 7200rpm It was easy because the screen was magnetic and easy to remove, parts were user changeable and you could cheaply buy an optical bay to HDD convertor (less than £10 I recall). If you remove the original HDD like I did (500GB in my case) you lose the inbuilt temperature thermistor and need to use the free exirion Fan Control software in the background. Having done this, imagine my horror when I got a great deal on a 2015 quad core retina iMac and my boot time went from 30sec (fully laden) to over 3 mins (with barely any software on). Outlook went from a 5 second load to over a minute to respond. I did to OS re-installs just to check there wasn't a problem. No improvement. Replacing the HDD with an SSD was a real pain with the stuck on screen (plus €30 replacement kit) and I'm stuck with 8GB RAM which is sufficient. That difference was like night and day - load times down to approx the same as my Core 2 Duo on the earlier OS. With a machine like this, I would say it is fine for Web, Office, light graphics work etc (the Core i3 is notably better than what I was using quite happily - I'm into tech BTW) but: 1. you cannot upgrade to the latest MacOS - if this bothers you 2. your processor/GPU are the weak point - so games and photo/video manipulation will be no good. Everything is else fine if you do the upgrades and ideal if you have spare parts Hope that helps somebody. iFixit is your friend :)
ah great - really appreciate your help thank you
Ah, you have the newer model that's thinner? You'll need this guide then as the screen is stuck down with double sided foam and you'd need to buy a replacement set as well. I bought my early 2009 iMac 5 years a go for £250, spent under £100 on the RAM and SSD and it's like a new machine. It boots in seconds and I've had no issues at all. But it's at the age where I can't install newer versions of software such as Office 365 and that's down to it not being able to upgrade macOS. Yes there are ways around it as posted above but some of my older software won't run on it. I also have a late 2009 MacBook with an SSD and that also boots in seconds. I don't use iCloud but do have OneDrive, which I've not had any issues with across both Mac's and my Android phone.
thank you - appreciate that. I recently bought a 2013 and I get the loading circle a lot, very frustrating as its quick otherwise. another question - do you have iCloud connected? I've got it across my devices (phone, air, iMac) just as I'm sorting everything out but Im thinking this might be slowing it down ?
Yes I followed this guide - https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+24-Inch+EMC+2267+Hard+Drive+Replacement/9028 Don't bother getting a bracket for the SSD, just use strong velcro to hold it in place, they're so light. Probably easier with someone helping who can hold the screen up while you change the drive as you don't want to disconnect the cable and remove it completely.