27" 2.9 vs 3.2 GHz

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hendrik84, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. hendrik84 macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2011
    I'll be getting the new 27" in January for my wife.

    She'll be using it mostly for business work, working in pages, numbers, office, and similar stuff. Nothing hardcore, no games or heavy photo editing.

    So my question is, are the extra 200$ really worth it? It doesn't really seem like a huge improvement anyway, 0.3GHz (x4 = 1.2?). And the better video card, isn't that pretty much useless for her needs?

    Besides, where I live, the extra cost is about 400 bucks(not just 200).

    What say ye? :confused:
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The base model would be more then enough.
  3. sounddesigner macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2012
  4. Kutuzov macrumors member

    May 14, 2012
    I had the money I just didn't think I'd ever have any use for a better processor or graphic card, so I ended up ordering a 27" iMac without those upgrades. However, I upgraded the RAM to 16GB (people will say this is crazy and you should do it yourself) and I chose a Fusion Drive. Fusion Drive is the kind of thing you _will_ notice even if you don't play games or do heavy photo editing.

    You are in my spot exactly (I may even do some stuff that requires a little more occasionally, like some stuff in Mathematica).
  5. sergiobaschi macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2012
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Don't spend money on RAM, GPU or CPU. If you want to upgrade anything, upgrade to the Fusion Drive.

    And in 1-2 years from now, you'll install 32 GB of RAM your self, shouldn't cost more than 700 DKK (Denmark's just a guess :) ).
  6. starscript macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2012
    Glasgow, Scotland
    if you want the iMac to fun smooth better just add the fusion drive and maybe some RAM (8Gb should be fine for word processing and watching movies) when it's delivered.

    i have put a home made cheep knock off fusion drive in the pc i have just built for my partner to replace her 5 year old vista laptop, she really happy with it

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