2010 27" i5 2.8 CPU upgrade worth it?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jezzy, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hi guys, recently acquired a mid 2010 iMac 27" i5 2.8, 5750 1gb video, ram.. and loving it.. although for gaming, it's a bit slower than my i7 quad 2011 mpb was.

    I'm seeing i7 860 or i7 870 cpu's on eBay, saw the how to guide and feel comfortable tht I can do this. just wondering, in the end.. will I see an improvement on my gaming front? basically going from an i5 2.8 to an i7 2.8?

    Ive also seen the video card 2gb upgrade on eBay, but for 600$? no tnx.

    I use handbrake, photoshop, etc.. but mainly used for surfing and light gaming when the kids are a sleep!


    thanks!
     
  2. chevalier433, Jan 6, 2013
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    Games dont benefit of i7 Hyperthreading.For light encoding,photoshop don't bother either change to i7.The graphic card upgrade worth you will see a lot of improvement in gaming but is a very expensive upgrade 1/3 the cost of your current Mac.
     
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    Not worth it IMO, particularly if you're doing it yourself.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, guess as of now the i7 swap isnt worth it. Its just odd that skyrim for example ran much better on my i7 quad mbp 2011" with a 6750 1gb videocard than on this imac i5 5750 1gb video.. Assume if i upgrade just the video card ill be happy! But agreed 600! Is just nuts..!
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Runs better because of the lower resolution.Look for the 1gb 6970m is still a great card and more affordable.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    tnx didn't know there was a 1b model!
     
  7. macrumors G3

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    The difference between the 2 may not just be hyper threading. The on-board cache may be larger on the i7. This could help with performance.

    However, have you considered the fact that your 2011 MBP has a better video gpu in it? (This is based on what you said the 2 systems have.) And this is probably where the performance difference for the game is.
     
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    I may opt for the 6970 1gb and an i7 870 CPU upgrade..I'm keeping my eyes open and will document the process once it happens!
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Order a ESD protection wrist strap if you don't have one very important before you do the upgrade
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    I've been looking and upgrading the Video Card in my 2009 iMac. To find the video card your best bet is finding a Service provider that will just sell you the part. Its very hard to come by the high end video cards for the iMacs in my experience.
     

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