2010 27" vs 2011 21.5"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kwit2330, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. kwit2330 macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    I am in desperate need of a new desktop. I have a strict budget of $1500.

    To save some green, I was looking at the refurbs on Apple's website.

    With my budget I could get a 2011 21.5" iMac with:

    2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory

    It would also allow me to come very much under budget at $1269.

    Or, I could go with a 2010 27" iMac with:

    2.8GHz Intel Quad-Core i5 processor
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics with 1GB memory

    This would put me right at budget at $1449.

    The reason I was considering the 2010 27" with the larger GPU card is because I do tend to game (though it's more like Civilization IV and V) and other strategy games as opposed to Crysis, Olbivion, etc (I use my 360 for those). I also will use bootcamp, edit photos and videos of my daughter, as well as create DVDs with iMovie. I thought the real estate of the 27" would be cool to help with all that multi-tasking, but would feel fine going with the 21.5" 2011 model if it offers improved performance.

    I tried looking through some threads, but it was hard to find these two compared. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. SawceBaws macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    Sounds like it would be better for you to get the 27incher.

    Be careful with Refurbs from 2010 though. I know a lot of people are fans of refurbs on here, but I've read that it's not particularly practical to get a refurb iMac from 2010, maybe you could do some research on that.

    Other than that, enjoy your iMac, regardless of which one you choose!
  3. kwit2330 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    Don't like the sound of that. I currently have two refurbished Apple products including a 2008 MBP and a 1st gen iPad. Both have been outstanding, especially the MBP seeing it's now 3 years old. Doing much better than my 3-year old NEW PC. :)

    Anyway, I'll look into it. Thank you for the info. Hopefully others can chime in as well.
  4. kwit2330 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    Hoping a small bump will get me a few more replies by someone who might have experience with both 2010 and 2011 models.
  5. Lankyman macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2011
    For my money the 27" is just to big and looks really OTT on your average desk. I tried one and immediately returned it. Even if it was cheaper than a 21.5" I still wouldn't give it house room.

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