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iMac showdown 2016 extravaganza - plz halp

I currently have a 13" 2015 MBP and love it, but I'm looking to get an iMac to go along with it and have more screen real estate to work with. My primary uses are editing photos in Lightroom and Photoshop, with some light gaming via BootCamp on the side.

Currently two options I'm looking at are either:

Late-2012 iMac, 3.2GHz i5, 16GB RAM, 3TB spinning drive, GTX 675MX, 2560x1440 27" - $850

Late-2015 iMac, 3.3GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion drive, AMD R9 395, 5k 27" - $2000

My primary reason for considering the 2015 model is the beautiful 5k screen, which seems like it would be very useful for photo editing. Would it make a huge difference? Does 2560x1440 hold up on that big of a display? Looking at performance numbers the 2012 model should be about on par with my 2015 MBP, which should be fine, but the resolution is my biggest sticking point.

Thanks so much for any input!

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  • Bendery It Like BeckhamBendery It Like Beckham Hopeless Registered User regular
    2015, Apple discontinues support for "vintage" models after 5 years which means you don't get os updates or support at the Apple store. Don't pay half the price for less than a quarter of the life span.

  • wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    2015, Apple discontinues support for "vintage" models after 5 years which means you don't get os updates or support at the Apple store. Don't pay half the price for less than a quarter of the life span.

    that's.... not true. the 2009 iMac got MacOS Sierra, as did the 2009 white plastic macbook model. A lot of 2010 model macs also got it. So um, yea, not true at all.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/3121239/macs/which-macs-can-run-macos-sierra.html


    On the actual decision, 2560x1440 is still 100% fine today. 1440p is the current resolution that most enthusiest/high end machines are, save for the small numbers of people who are going with 4k, or the 5k iMac. It'll be fine. That being said, I personally wouldn't buy a 4 year old computer, so I'd save/spend the money on the newer model that'll last you for a good long time. If you already had that 2012 iMac I'd say don't upgrade, but between those two options I personally would buy the 5k iMac if I had the budget.

    XBL: thewunderbar PSN: thewunderbar NNID: thewunderbar Steam: wunderbar87 Twitter: wunderbar
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