It’s a long story, but to boil it down, my client’s 27″ iMAC died a sorry, premature, unexpected, and inconvenient death. The video card, a weak spot on this model, failed, and took the logic board with it. Time for a new machine…but which machine?
My client was tempted to buy a new 27″ iMAC Retina, but the price was a little scary ($3,000, not including the “Apple Care” extended warranty you’d be crazy not to buy with a machine this expensive), and she was dubious because her “old” iMAC only lasted a few years before dying. Could I put something better together for her?
You bet! The Computer Guru in Santa Fe loves a challenge. First, I selected a high-performance desktop workstation system, and configured it to provide superior performance and capabilities compared to the iMAC.
I used an Intel Xeon (Server-Class) processor, instead of the consumer-grade Intel i5 found in the iMAC. I provided 16GB of RAM, instead of the iMAC’s 8GB. I included THREE hard drives — a 240GB solid state drive, and two 2TB traditional drives (one for data storage, one for backup — a total of 4.25TB of disk storage!) — the iMAC’s hard drive is a single 1TB “hybrid” hard-drive, not even an SSD. I used a high-end video card with 4GB of RAM instead of the 2GB card used in the iMAC. And I topped it all off with a state-of-the-art CURVED 27″ LCD monitor (“Sexy!”), a wireless keyboard and mouse, and an HD webcam.
The end result? A beautiful, elegant, high-performance computer, hand-built by The Computer Guru in Santa Fe, superior in virtually every way to the 27″ iMAC, for hundreds of dollars of less. It is also more capable, easier to service, and easier to upgrade than any iMAC ever made.
So ladies and gentleman, before you help yourself to another glass of Apple Kool-Aid, come see The Computer Guru in Santa Fe first. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety, quality, capabilities, appearance, pricing, and performance of the new and refurbished desktop and notebook systems I offer in my showroom. You can always use your iPhone to get your “Apple Kicks,” and leave the computers to us.
The Computer Guru is located at 844 Agua Fria Street at the Southeast corner of the intersection of Agua Fria Street and St. Francis Drive, across from Lotus Beauty. There is plenty of free parking. The Computer Guru is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, Wednesday & Friday from 10AM to 6PM, other days/times by appointment. Serving Santa Fe in one location since 1997!