21.5" i5 2.7GHz or 2.9GHz?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by virginblue4, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I'm planning on purchasing a 21.5 inch iMac and am stuck on deciding between the 2.7GHz i5 (which will be a lot cheaper as I can choose the baseline model), the 2.9GHz i5 or maybe even the i7?

    I will be using the iMac for fairly heavy web browsing, moderate amateur photo and video editing, a small amount of gaming (Sims 3 and the new Sim City), watching films and videos mainly on the web, not downloading them and finally uploading videos to YouTube which are around 5-6 minutes in length.

    I have already settled on the 16GB RAM upgrade and the 1TB Fusion Drive, I just want to know where I stand with the CPU?

    Thanks :)
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You can safely choose the model with the base CPU for your stated needs.
  3. ybz90 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    There is a similar thread floating around. I don't think you will need the higher-end CPU either.
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The higher end model also has a slightly better graphics card. Not sure you need that or the upgraded cpu, but I think it's good to consider all the differences between the models when deciding.
  5. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    Base CPU will be more than ample for your requirements.

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