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Apple iMac MC813LL/A 27-Inch Desktop*


I have been so impressed with the Macbook Pro 13.3-inch, I ordered an Apple iMac MC813LL/A 27-Inch Desktop. I have not owned a Windows desktop PC in over 3 years (using Windows based laptops instead). I’m not looking to start a Mac vs. PC desktop war discussion with this post, but this is the problem I had with Windows based desktop PCs; Windows capability upgraded every six months or a year - which caused continued hardware 'upgrades' (motherboards, processors, and RAM) to run applicable newer versions of software.


Some of the capabilities I have experienced with Apple devices is that the hardware is state-of-the-art phenomenal, and upgrades to software are simple and easy (along with the Macbook Pro I just purchased, I have owned an iPhone 4 and iPad for some time). So, I invested in an iMac for the home office. From my experience with Apple devices, I am expecting this device to perform well for years to come (without yanking out the FUBAR motherboard every year). I did do the due diligence on the hardware configuration, here are the general specifications of the iMac I ordered:


- 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache

- 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM

- 1 TB Hard Drive

- DVD SuperDrive

- 27" LED-backlit display

- AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory

- Mac OS X v10.7 Lion


- 4 Memory Slots (upgradable to 16GB DDR RAM)


When I purchased the MacBook Pro a couple weeks ago, it had 4GB RAM installed (an 8GB version out of the box from Apple was about $300 more). I purchased an 8GB upgrade kit for the MacBook Pro @ $41 dollars from Crucial, and installed it in the MacBook Pro. The device recognized them immediately (I was impressed, and not $260 lighter in my wallet in the process as well).


That being said, as noted above, the iMac I ordered has 4GB of DDR RAM. To get 16GB of DDR RAM out of the box from Apple would have increased the cost for me $600. So I ordered a 16GB DDR RAM upgrade kit for the iMac from Crucial for $98 (saving me over $500 in cost this time).


I have heard many good things about the iMac – both here and in reviews on other sites. I am looking forward to the experience of driving this machine.


*Image courtesy of Apple Inc.

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Taken on December 17, 2011