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2017 iMac Equivalent Build (review?)

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Good Evening All,

 

My wife wants a replacement for her 2013 iMac and I told her I would build her something or she can get the newest 2017 iMac. I wanted to put together a build that would meet / beat the same specs and hopefully for less money. The system would need a monitor, the system, and a mouse since that all comes with the iMac.

 

I have my attempt but I am sure it could do with some tweaking.

 

Here is a link to the iMac and the system I built is below.

https://www.apple.com/us_epp_55499/shop/buy-mac/imac?product=MMQA2LL/A&step=config#

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

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Do you want to make a hacktinosh?

 

This is a weird list of parts.

 

Why the last gen i5? Get a new gen cpu or a ryzen.

 

Why the 960pro? For most uses get a 660p, sx8200 if you want a nvme drive, or get a sata mx500. If you want a samsung get a 970 evo, the 960 is last gen, and you don't need the pro, you won't write that much.

 

Why the green hdd? Thats a old model, and a high price. Get a new drive like a wd blue or a seagate barracuda.

 

 

 

The thing is if you want a imac, this isn't comparable. A imac is a single unit, comes with a warranty, has mac os x.

 

What are you using the pc for?

 

 

Why do you want to replace the 2013 imac? It really isn't that bad. Id just put a ssd in it and maybe a cpu upgrade and some more ram. They really haven't gotten that much faster since then.

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8 minutes ago, lieder1987 said:

2017 iMac

Yea but which one? There's like six different SKUs. The highest level 21"? That's the one that you have priced your rig at.

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Just now, MandoPanda said:

Yea but which one? There's like six different SKUs. The highest level 21"? That's the one that you have priced your rig at.

The highest level 21" also has a 4K screen IIRC...

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28 minutes ago, lieder1987 said:

Good Evening All,

 

My wife wants a replacement for her 2013 iMac and I told her I would build her something or she can get the newest 2017 iMac. I wanted to put together a build that would meet / beat the same specs and hopefully for less money. The system would need a monitor, the system, and a mouse since that all comes with the iMac.

 

I have my attempt but I am sure it could do with some tweaking.

 

Here is a link to the iMac and the system I built is below.

https://www.apple.com/us_epp_55499/shop/buy-mac/imac?product=MMQA2LL/A&step=config#

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

Tbh I think getting the ryzen 2700x is better.

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33 minutes ago, MandoPanda said:

Yea but which one? There's like six different SKUs. The highest level 21"? That's the one that you have priced your rig at.

Base level imac 21.5 with the standard 1080p screen.

 

35 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

Do you want to make a hacktinosh?

 

This is a weird list of parts.

 

Why the last gen i5? Get a new gen cpu or a ryzen.

 

Why the 960pro? For most uses get a 660p, sx8200 if you want a nvme drive, or get a sata mx500. If you want a samsung get a 970 evo, the 960 is last gen, and you don't need the pro, you won't write that much.

 

Why the green hdd? Thats a old model, and a high price. Get a new drive like a wd blue or a seagate barracuda.

 

 

 

The thing is if you want a imac, this isn't comparable. A imac is a single unit, comes with a warranty, has mac os x.

 

What are you using the pc for?

 

 

Why do you want to replace the 2013 imac? It really isn't that bad. Id just put a ssd in it and maybe a cpu upgrade and some more ram. They really haven't gotten that much faster since then.

maybe doing a hack, but dont know yet. I have done them in the past.

 

Well i was going last gen since that was more apples to apples with what the iMac is running. Ill change the CPU up though. Will keep it intel so I can do the hack and make it a little less finicky.

 

Good call on the SSd and hard drives, Ill swap them out.

 

I know its not "comparable" because of those reasons, but I wanted to do comparable on hardware only.

 

It is starting to run slow with very things open. Ill look into putting an SSD in it, but I already upgraded the ram to the max 16gigs.

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15 minutes ago, lieder1987 said:

Base level imac 21.5 with the standard 1080p screen.

 

maybe doing a hack, but dont know yet. I have done them in the past.

 

Well i was going last gen since that was more apples to apples with what the iMac is running. Ill change the CPU up though. Will keep it intel so I can do the hack and make it a little less finicky.

 

Good call on the SSd and hard drives, Ill swap them out.

 

I know its not "comparable" because of those reasons, but I wanted to do comparable on hardware only.

 

It is starting to run slow with very things open. Ill look into putting an SSD in it, but I already upgraded the ram to the max 16gigs.

An SSD will help greatly. I recently replaced my parents old computer with an SSD and it works like a dream. here is a more reasonably picked pc.

 

[PCPartPicker part list](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JY8tHh) / [Price breakdown by merchant](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JY8tHh/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jLF48d/amd-ryzen-5-2600-34ghz-6-core-processor-yd2600bbafbox) | $159.89 @ OutletPC 
**Motherboard** | [ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dQgzK8/asrock-b450m-pro4-micro-atx-am4-motherboard-b450m-pro4) | $79.61 @ OutletPC 
**Memory** | [Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MYH48d/corsair-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3000c15) | $134.99 @ Amazon 
**Storage** | [Samsung - 970 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/P4ZFf7/samsung-970-evo-500gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-mz-v7e500bw) | $147.99 @ Amazon 
**Storage** | [Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CbL7YJ/seagate-barracuda-2tb-35-7200rpm-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm006) | $58.89 @ OutletPC 
**Video Card** | [MSI - Radeon RX 570 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3JdFf7/msi-radeon-rx-570-8gb-armor-oc-video-card-rx-570-armor-8g-oc) | $159.99 @ Newegg 
**Case** | [Thermaltake - Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/QMp323/thermaltake-case-ca1d500s1wn00) | $59.99 @ Newegg Business 
**Power Supply** | [Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3hkwrH/corsair-power-supply-cp9020102na) | $59.89 @ OutletPC 
 | *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
 | Total (before mail-in rebates) | $931.24
 | Mail-in rebates | -$70.00
 | **Total** | **$861.24**
 | Generated by [PCPartPicker](https://pcpartpicker.com) 2018-11-01 20:59 EDT-0400 |

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11 minutes ago, DustierDolphin said:

[PCPartPicker part list](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JY8tHh) / [Price breakdown by merchant](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JY8tHh/by_merchant/)

Great, thanks! Ill def take a look.

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2 minutes ago, lieder1987 said:

Great, thanks! Ill def take a look.

AMD is overall a great deal these days with the Ryzen 5s being more than $100 less than the 9600K, and the RX cards being much less than their Nvidia counterparts. What are you going to be doing with the computer because that determines what parts give you more value and if you ever need something this high-end.

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3 hours ago, lieder1987 said:

Great, thanks! Ill def take a look.

Given the fact that the iMac has a mobile processor (i5-7360U) it shouldn't be hard to beat. But you do need to stay at or under 1100 USD or what's the point.

 

If you are doing a hackintosh you need to make sure you get the right kind of hardware that will work with OSX.

 

Otherwise:

This will destroy a mobile dual core i5.

 

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The OP cpu is several generations out of date. More powerful cpu are available at a lower cost.

 

Here is a system that will outperform a current iMac. It also has a very high resolution monitor to compete with the Retina display of an iMac.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor  ($179.00 @ Walmart) 
Motherboard: ASRock - H370M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($103.98 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory  ($71.88 @ OutletPC) 
Storage: Crucial - MX500 2TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($327.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card  ($169.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: BitFenix - Portal (White) Mini ITX Tower Case  ($135.83 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair - SF 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply  ($85.43 @ OutletPC) 
Monitor: LG - 24UD58-B 23.8" 3840x2160 60Hz Monitor  ($260.83 @ Amazon) 
Keyboard: Microsoft - Wireless Desktop 2000 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($38.47 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1373.40
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5 hours ago, lieder1987 said:

It is starting to run slow with very things open. Ill look into putting an SSD in it, but I already upgraded the ram to the max 16gigs.

Really, this is what you should do. A SSD will make a massive difference in speed. You don't seem to need the extra cpu or gpu power here. No reason to spend more than you need to. If you don't want to take apart the whole imac you can get a usb or thunderbolt ssd and it will still make a massive difference for under a hunder bucks.

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