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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:12 AM   #1
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Which one is better?

Which configuration of the late 27" iMac, out of the following two options, will better suit heavy gaming and video editing:

1.) 3.4GHz Quad Core i7 - 8GB Ram - GTX 675MX 1GB - 3TB Fusion drive
2.) 3.2GHz Quad Core i5 - 32GB Ram - GTX 680MX 2GB - 3TB Fusion drive
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:17 AM   #2
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Which configuration of the late 27" iMac, out of the following two options, will better suit heavy gaming and video editing:

1.) 3.4GHz Quad Core i7 - 8GB Ram - GTX 675MX 1GB - 3TB Fusion drive
2.) 3.2GHz Quad Core i5 - 32GB Ram - GTX 680MX 2GB - 3TB Fusion drive
I'd go for the second. I dont think many people need an i7 really. :-)

and don't buy your RAM from Apple. That will save you buckets! Try Crucial

and why are you asking if you already have the 27" in your siggy? :-P
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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To me 8 seems too low and 32 seems over kill - not sure. If I have to choose it'd be #2 and I echo oililymad's comment in that you can save some money by upgrading the ram yourself though I understand the appeal of having apple do it and being part of the overall warranty
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:27 AM   #4
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Which configuration of the late 27" iMac, out of the following two options, will better suit heavy gaming and video editing:

1.) 3.4GHz Quad Core i7 - 8GB Ram - GTX 675MX 1GB - 3TB Fusion drive
2.) 3.2GHz Quad Core i5 - 32GB Ram - GTX 680MX 2GB - 3TB Fusion drive
I would order what is highlighted in bold and upgrade the ram from 8gb to 32gb yourself. Apple charges way to much for ram.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:34 AM   #5
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I would order what is highlighted in bold and upgrade the ram from 8gb to 32gb yourself. Apple charges way to much for ram.
why does he/she need hyperthreading for the stated intended uses?
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:58 AM   #6
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why does he/she need hyperthreading for the stated intended uses?
Both stated uses would make use of hyperthreading in a lot of cases....whether they need them or not is a personal choice.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 07:16 AM   #7
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I'd go for the second. I dont think many people need an i7 really. :-)

and don't buy your RAM from Apple. That will save you buckets! Try Crucial

and why are you asking if you already have the 27" in your siggy? :-P
True... I already own the top of the line configuration which is blazing fast. I ask for a friend, not for myself, because I have no way to compare the two options. What my friend was actually asking was, whether the 3.2 i5 option will be so much slower than the 3.4 i7 option?
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 08:24 AM   #8
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There is only one option:

3.2GHz Quad Core i5 - 32GB Ram - GTX 680MX 2GB - 3TB Fusion drive

Check the difference between i5 3.2Ghz and the i7...
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 08:25 PM   #9
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Both stated uses would make use of hyperthreading in a lot of cases....whether they need them or not is a personal choice.
and the i7 has 8mb cache whereas the i5 has 6mb.

I would want the imac to last as long as possible especially spending that kind of money. 200 dollars is not much when you are already spending 2500.
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