2.0 or 2.4 20" imac.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by btallada9870, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. btallada9870 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    I'm really interested in getting a new iMac. The only thing is, I don't know which 20 inch to get. I would get the 24 inch, it won't fit on my desk becuase it is too high :(. So, I have to get the 20 inch, which is fine.

    My question is which processor to get?
    I have a 1.66 Ghz core 2 duo on my hp laptop now, wiht 2 GB of ram and it runs fine for what I do. If i get an imac, i will upgrade to 3 GB of ram. Do you think 2 GHZ will be good enough, or will 2.4 be better?

    Thank you for any help.
  2. smythey macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2007
    Predictable answer I know, but It'll depend what you plan to use it for. I have the 2Ghz and dont use it heavily, and it is plenty quick. If I had the 2.4Ghz version I doubt I would ever notice a difference, except when doing processor heavy things like using handbrake. AND Im hoping Leopard will make mine quicker still!
  3. motomac macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2007
    Spend the lill bit extra and get the 2.4Ghz version, not only will it be a good bit faster, but the graphics card is better with the 2.4Ghz version (256MB instead of the 2.0's 128MB) You will notice a difference in intensive game action, etc. Plus, the 2.4 Ghz gives you the option of the 320gig drive and higher. The 2.0 only has a 250 gig standard drive.
  4. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Even if you don't notice the difference now, it may become important down the line depending on how long you use the iMac. Remember the graphics card is better as well.
  5. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    Can't upgrade the iMac's processor or the GPU (or the HD without some effort) = get the fastest and biggest you can afford.
  6. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    The 2.0 is the best value of what you get per buck, As long as your not playing cutting edge games you should be fine and I doubt there is any new Mac native game it wont play today. Sure the 2.4 is a lil more but the base machine is Apple's value leader in my view.
  7. btallada9870 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    I'm not really a big gamer, and I still have my laptop that's under a year old too. And I have to get a MacBook Pro (or whatever's newer) my second year of college for my major. So I think i'm just going to get the base system. Which I probably shouldn't since I just bought a computer last year. Oh well, I REALLY want a mac.
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I suggest the 2.4 GHz model for the better hardware.
  9. jstad macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007
    I say get the 2.0 and save the green unless you have a huge need for the quicker processor (aka development and even @ that, development related to speed). Just my 2 cents.
  10. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I say get the 2.0 GHZ, probably. Especially since you say you'll be getting even another Mac someday before too long.

    Just be sure to get your memory elsewhere, to save money too.

    I have the 2.4 GHZ machine, and it is really really fast with 3 GB of memory, so I can imagine the 2.0 GHZ is about the same. I also came from a 1.83 GHZ Core Duo (not 2 like these machines), and it wasn't much slower, so 2 GHZ Core 2 will really be nice.

    I think you'll enjoy it a lot! Furthermore, both machines are just as beautiful to look at! :)

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