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Old Dec 31, 2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Where should I cut corners?

Got enough money to spend on either a maxed out 21.5 iMac, or a 27 inch with a few bumps...don't know what would be best to go with tho. With the 21.5 I would think the i7 and 16gb ram would be enough with most things, while also keeping the 650m from being too much of a bottleneck. I'd also have the fusion drive and prolly wouldn't fill it past the SSD section, so i'd have a nice peppy drive for everything to run on as well and make things like FCPX and games buttery smooth.

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I could snag the 27 inch. I'd get more screen real estate, but i'd prolly have to leave the HDD at 7200rpm and the vid card at 675m. I would think gaming would still run at least as smoothly as the iMac 21.5, but I could be wrong. (never used an SSD and i'm not too familiar with vid card benchmarks) I'd get a tiny bit faster processor but nothing spectacular like dual to quad, or 4 core to 4 with HT. The ram i'd bump but prolly only to 16gb, since my content stays under 20 minute mark, and I don't think anything else would use past that mark. I use obscene amounts of efx but I don't really now how that taxes the system, before or after you render. (WoW has a 64bit version but I highly doubt that'd do it either)

I've never really had experience with SSDs, screens above 1080p, over 6gb of RAM or honestly video cards lol. I've always had integrated, or my last vid card I had was an AMD 3000 class I believe. Any ideas on what would work best?
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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I say go with the 21.5". The i7 supports multithreading, and is clocked faster than the i5 (Which does not support multithreading). I'm not eel versed on GPUs either, but you're getting a better card than the base iMac, so it can't be bad. The SSD makes everything super fast, because it can read and write data faster than a regular spinning drive.

That said, you could just opt for the top o' the line 27", and put the i7 in, and add RAM later. The 7200 RPM drive in there isn't like it's gonna not load at all...
It is about $50 more, but it's a really nice setup.

It just come down to whether you want a better GPU that can render faster, or a quick hard drive.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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Gaming will be better on the 27" with the 675mx. An SSD will not affect gaming except loading times. I would go the 27" with the 1TB fusion upgrade, its only about $50 more then the maxed 21.5" and will be much better at everything. You can upgrade ram cheaply at a later date in the 27"
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 11:02 PM   #4
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Gaming will be better on the 27" with the 675mx. An SSD will not affect gaming except loading times. I would go the 27" with the 1TB fusion upgrade, its only about $50 more then the maxed 21.5" and will be much better at everything. You can upgrade ram cheaply at a later date in the 27"
He knows what he's saying better than I do, as I don't game. But I still think the i7 might be a better choice as a CPU, since the SSD doesn't do too much for you, you might be better served with a nice CPU.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 11:10 PM   #5
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He knows what he's saying better than I do, as I don't game. But I still think the i7 might be a better choice as a CPU, since the SSD doesn't do too much for you, you might be better served with a nice CPU.
Yes but multithreaded cpu's don't benefit gaming at all at this stage, it can actually cause microstuttering in games. The i5 in the 27" is 3.2Ghz which is faster then the 3.1GHz i7 in the 21.5". Multithreaded cpu's do have a use in video editing ect but i think the money is better spent on a fusion or SSD setup.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 11:16 PM   #6
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Yes but multithreaded cpu's don't benefit gaming at all at this stage, it can actually cause microstuttering in games. The i5 in the 27" is 3.2Ghz which is faster then the 3.1GHz i7 in the 21.5". Multithreaded cpu's do have a use in video editing ect but i think the money is better spent on a fusion or SSD setup.
Cool, thanks. I don't know much about gaming, so I'm learning with the OP. lol


Alright, so you have it. I think this resolves the issue then.
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