21.5 vs. 27 in terms of gaming and future proof

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  1. brachson macrumors member

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    Hello,

    My choice is between 21.5 high end and 27 low end (2011 model).

    I am wondering which should I choose in terms of gaming but not this year as its going to be great on 27 but in 2-3 years of time.

    It's 1920x1080 (21.5'') vs. 2560x1440 (27'') so there is no way the performance going to be the same playing in example BF3 on these 2 iMacs - I guess 21.5 wins?

    So if I am going to buy this computer for next 4-5 years should I go 21.5'' in terms of gaming? Is my calculation correct?

    PS.
    Please do not say go for high end 27'' :( No funds for that!
     
  2. marsmissions macrumors 6502

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    Get the high end 21.5 inch, it will perform better because the graphics card does not need to power a huge display. Upgrade the ram to 8gb or more for cheap, and enjoy!
     
  3. Roy G Biv macrumors 6502

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    Get the high-end 27" iMac to be complete!

    Hmm, okay. Get the low-end 27" iMac and play games at 1920x1080. You probably won't notice the lower resolution, the size is fantastic, and the increased resolution has tremendous practical benefits for everday use.

    Finally, women look down on men with 21.5"(Modern Review of Sex and Gender, Oct. 2006). For an additional $200, you become a better, more sophisticated man of high esteem.

    Glory and honor.
     
  4. marsmissions macrumors 6502

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    The decreased resolution will look terrible on the 27 inch display.
     
  5. brachson thread starter macrumors member

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    OK I don't know but imho there is no way you will not notice the lower resolution (same resolution as on 21.5'' but on 6 inches bigger screen)

    This is true and this is why I originally wanted 27'' but in 4 years time photo editing will be the same and gaming will be impossible :(
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No current machine will be considered adequate for high-end games in 2 or 3 years. Future proofing is folly. If you want options in 2-3 years, build a gaming PC.
     
  7. brachson thread starter macrumors member

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    not true - I am currently on 4 years old PC build for 50/50 gaming/work

    I am able to play most of the games on medium settings at least (OK may be not Crysis)

    I am not talking about playing Ultra for 3 years but to be able to run it... wont 21.5'' be better in this competition?
     
  8. Roy G Biv macrumors 6502

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    Really? Then I need to get my eyes checked; 1080p has always looked great to me on my behemoth.
     
  9. obsidian1200 macrumors 6502

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    I'd say go for the high end 21.5" iMac with the i7 processor. It'll perform much better than the 27", mostly because the base 27" is limited to its i5 processor.
     
  10. electricdreams macrumors member

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    i went from base 21 to high end 27 and its a huge leap for gaming, actually you should almost be able to max out every game besides the few beefy ones, frame rate doubled with same games i tried on both machines
     
  11. brachson thread starter macrumors member

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    of course it is a huge leap which is not an option in my case - buy Ford or Opel? Buy Porshe its a huge leap! It's maximum speed is twice as Opel's.
     
  12. mikelegacy macrumors 65816

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    Really? Because 1080P is full HD. There wouldnt be a speck of pixelation on that screen.
     
  13. Tech Elementz macrumors 6502

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    1080P HD is full HD, which is 1920x1080. The resolution of the 21.5" iMac. In my opinion, get the high end 21.5" iMac. It should be fine for gaming... I know you like to game, but the iMac will last for quite a while for your other tasks (perhaps for work, etc).
     
  14. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Of course it's a huge leap. You're paying for it ;)

    But you have to stretch 1080p on a larger resolution, which will degrade quality. Whether it looks horrible is subjective to the user.

    Anyway I've just been testing out the original L4D on my new iMac and it plays beautifully under OSX, perhaps a tad smoother than my 2010 27" iMac with 1GB RAM (but the difference I would say is quite negligible). As i suspected, the decreased resolution along with the halved RAM evened out, and having an SSD with Sandy Bridge really rounds the machine's performance nicely for gaming.

    I have yet to install Windows 7 as well as other games, and I'm eager to see improved performance on it.
     

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