27" 2009 iMac Vs. new 21.5" iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BokChoiTV, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. BokChoiTV macrumors newbie

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    So here's the situation.
    I have approx. 1000-1200$ spending money for a new iMac.
    I'm into video editing and picture editing, mainly video however.
    CD drives are useless to me.

    I have the option of a late 2009 27" iMac, the ones that don't include a Thunderbolt port.
    8GB ram with 2.66 i5 processor.
    Vs....
    The new late 2012 iMacs, but in 21.5".
    So far, I see the pros of the new iMac as:
    USB 3.0
    Better screen (in terms of viewing angle and slightly less glare.)
    Faster (How fast is a question I have still)
    And I believe they don't get as hot.

    What do you guys think I should do?
    Is a 4 year old processor too obsolete? It's a 2009 model afterall.
     
  2. Hungry&Foolish Suspended

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    Refurbished store is bang for your buck.
     

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  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    IMO the best compromise, if you can put the extra, is a 2011 model.
     
  4. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with the 27" 2009. There are a number of things going in its favor. The base 21" 2012 is faster. Around 15% or so CPU-wise going by the IPC improvement from Nehalem to Ivy Bridge. In reality it can be a bit more or less than that. I doubt the LCD viewing angle will be much different but the glare will be better on the 21".

    Now the 2009 iMac you are looking at is pretty desirable for a couple reasons. 1) It is expandable. You can stick in 32GB of RAM and 2 drives in there. CPU upgrade may also be possible. 2) It is the last non-TB iMac 27. Obviously you lose out on the TB expansion. However on the plus side this iMac can be used as a monitor for any computer with a DisplayPort output.
     

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