Which one is better?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dilgit, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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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
     
  2. macrumors 6502

    oililymad

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    #2
    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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    maflynn

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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
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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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.
     
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    oililymad

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    why does he/she need hyperthreading for the stated intended uses?
     
  6. macrumors member

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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.
     
  7. dilgit, Jan 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2013

    thread starter macrumors regular

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    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?
     
  8. macrumors 68040

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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...
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    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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