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Discussion in 'iMac' started by TitanBrett, Nov 18, 2011.
its a refurb Imac for my 7 year old
The i5 is much faster since it's a quad core.
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What size are you getting?
Doesn't that depend on what kind of apps you are running? Most apps can't utilize 4 cores can they? O will running multiple apps make use of the multiple cores? I honestly don't know, so I'm asking.
The i5 has Turbo of up to 3.3GHz, so it will be faster in single-threaded apps as well.
OK thanks for the info.
Is your 7 year old into video editing or something? I'd just get cheap.. either computer will be more than enough as it won't bloat like windows.
But yeah, 2.5 i5 would be way faster.
its the 21 inch and she is definitely not into video editing or anything like that but its her first computer and it would be nice if she could use it for the next 3-4 years.
I'd get the 21 inch with the 2.5 i5. A great first computer for your child and should last the next 3-4 years.
Just get the cheapest one. For a 7 year old it hardly matters. For an 11 year old it hardly matters.
The i5 will be a current chip for longer = better resale and 'feel' longer before you 'need' to upgrade.
I still think there's no need, my early 2008 MBP still runs nice and fast, no lag with browsing or anything. I expect it to be good for another couple years, may need a hard drive replacement but that's it. Only reason why I'd replace it is to get that massive battery life of newer models, as for the CPU it's perfectly fine.
Any refurbished computer you buy from Apple should last your daughter at least 3-4 years at least.