21.5" 2010 cpu

Discussion in 'iMac' started by beerglass007, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. beerglass007 macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    Is the i3 3.2 worth upgrading to the i5 3.6 on the 21.5"

    Its an extra £140 and 2 days to build on the BTO
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Unless we know what you intend using the machine for we can't really comment.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No idea. You need to state what you use your computer for... or are we just supposed to guess?

    Since you're asking it's probably not worth it.
  4. beerglass007 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    Sorry forgot that bit of information.

    I had a 21.5" C2D 3.06GHZ and sold this for a 27" i5 2010 last week.

    I'm really having problems with headaches and the screen size so decided to return.

    I would like to order the highend 21.5" today but not decided on the CPU

    I3 or I5

    I will be using email,browsing, dual boot into win7 for light gaming.
    Alittle gaming like quake live, SC2 and TF2 on OSX and win7.
    Iphoto, small amounts of imovie.

    I do use visualbhub and handbrake and ftp client a few times a month
    Nothing much really

    Might use virtual box and play around with other stuff.
  5. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Since I read the word "game" (even light gaming today - possible heavy duty gaming in the future), I'd go with the 21.5" i5 processor. Especially if you like keeping your computers for 3+ years. And, knowing that future re-visions of apps are taking advantage of multi-thread Ix processors.

    On a side note, don't think I ever read a post from a person buying a computer with "too stong" of CPU in it and regretting it. I ready lots of "shot - I should have bought faster, better, stronger CPU" type posts. But, don't think I ever seen posts from folks regretting their "too much" CPU. Especially for long term usage.

    Perhaps one day, Apple will design a machine that allows someone to simply remove and replace the system's CPU chip. Vision another flip down door. Remove its "slow" CPU and "slip in" a better CPU. Just like adding more memory. That design would be really cool... Perhaps in time...

    Hope this helps...

  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    i3 is fine for you. The GPU is bigger bottleneck in gaming so i5 wouldn't give you more than few extra frames per second. Spend the money on RAM upgrade instead, from aftermarket of course.

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