2.0 GHz vs. 2.4 GHz

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mets1989, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. Mets1989 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2007
    I'm getting an iMac for my dad, and am debating on whether to get 2.0 GHz or 2.4 GHz. Would the 2.4 GHz be a very noticeable upgrade over the 2.0 GHz? Is 2.0 GHz still a sufficient amount? He's mainly going to use it for typing, emailing, and web surfing
  2. Liamf555 macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2007
    By the sounds of your dads requirements the 2.0 ghz imac would be just fine :D
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The 20" iMac ...

    When upgrading from 2.0 to 2.4GHz, you get a faster CPU, faster GPU, more VRAM, and a larger HD.

    Which makes the 20" iMac 2.4 a decent deal, for a base machine.

    It upgrade two things you would want to update, the GPU and the HD.


    However, for just normal stuff the entry machine isn't bad -- though a Apple HD update to something bigger would be called for.

    RAM can be updated for $30-100 from a 3rd party depending on whether you want 2GB or 4GB -- and 2GB is generally enough unless you run Pro apps.
  4. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    Since iMacs are not upgradable, I maxed mine out as much as possible to enjoy its 3-year anticipated life time. However, I opted for a 2.4GHz instead of the 2.8GHz because of the extra heating, power, and 4GB RAM limitation.

    I did, however, choose a BTW 750GB HD and 4GB aftermarket RAM. It runs great so far.
  5. whynot83706 macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    if your dad is only going to do those few things I wwoud say its more than enough
  6. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet

    if he's using it for just such basic tasks, you'll be fine with the 2.0. however, if you think he'll ever start using it for even digital photos, i'd take into consideration the longevity you are hoping out of it. that .4 speed bump will give you a bit of a longer life time and in three years with the way the megapixels are shooting up in cameras, the better GPU and bigger HD will make it worth it.

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