27' i3??? Most Unpopular Model? Need Suggestion!!!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Orange™, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Orange™ macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2010
    SORRY FOR THE GENERIC POST!!! :rolleyes: You're all sick of it by now but I call upon the masters for advice! ;)

    I'm looking at buying the base 27' i3 imac for $1699...

    Haven't seen any threads on this particular model or any videos about it's performance. As my signature suggests, I already have a 2.53 Intel Core 2 Duo MBP and was wondering if the speed increase would be substantial for an upgrade or should I keep saving away for the i7! (If I were to save up, I would forgo the i5(maybe:eek:))

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! :eek:
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    If I were to spend that much money on the computer and screen size, I'd personally want to power it with the lynnfield cpus and mobility 5850 with its GDDR5 vram.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    It all depends on what you need it for. If you aren't doing a lot of processor-heavy tasks, then the i3 will do you just fine. Doing basic stuff won't be any faster on an i7 than the i3, and that is a difference of $500 I believe. Now, if you are into video editing, that's when you'll want to go with the i7 (or i5 quad), but it sounds like the i3 will serve your needs well.
  4. 3lionsbecks Suspended


    Jul 19, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    doesn't it depend on your computing needs?

    If you need greater power and speed for photography work or video editing or even serious gaming etc.... perhaps then you will benefit from upgrading to a more spec'd out machine.

    Now, if all you are doing is internet surfing, PowerPoint, word processing, email and iTunes....you probably don't need the upgrade.

    And if you don't know if you need the upgrade....you probably don't.
  5. skcrane macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    dayton, oh
    you could always get a i7 refurb for the same price but it sounds like the 27 i3 would be good enough for you. I ended up getting the i5 quad for myself as was concerned about future proofing. With problems I had with refurb I was able to get 5% off so that helped justify the $300 upgrade to i5 quad.
  6. argeleri macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    I picked up the i7 because I knew I wanted to game with it (SC2, etc) and eventually produce some music on it as well. The performance on this thing is amazing. However, like the other posters said, if you don't think you'll be doing any processor intensive tasks, don't bother and get the i3.
  7. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    Just bought a 27" i3 iMac

    I bought one of these from Amzon.com last week for my brother. It was $1650 with free shipping and no tax. It works great and it had no screen tint or noise issues that I have read others complain about.

    We decided not to spend the extra $300 on the i5 quad or the $500 extra on the i7 because we had already spent $500 extra on the bigger screen and the graphics update. However, if Apple would have made the iMac available with the i7 but without the graphics update for $1,899, then we probably would have spend our money on that one instead.

    There's always a next step up and you have to draw the line somewhere. Even though he does use mostly heavy programs like Logic, Photoshop and some gaming, as he's not a professional user, the i3 will probably be fine for the most part. He did pretty well on a single core iMac G5 for the last few years.
  8. MCRunning macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2008
    Just bought one last night for my mom. She just browses, email, and that is about it. No flaws whatsoever!
  9. Jiten macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    Another way to look at is, imagine just a year ago people were paying top bucks on a 3 Ghz C2D iMac. Now your "entry level" i3 is faster.
  10. jokemjokester macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2009
    why not go with refurbished i5? cheaper and faster but without the nice white box.
  11. jailorjoe1978 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010

    you can get a nice white box on ebay for prolly 30 bucks. and now you are all set!
  12. jokemjokester macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2009
    something I was thinking of doing :cool:
  13. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    This is a better solution.
  14. dexthageek macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2007
    I was to lazy to read the entire thread. But have you looked into the Refurb 2009 i7. It is priced at $1699US and you get a much better machine then the i3.
  15. Dixie Flatline macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    Hate those 27-foot monitors...

    Nobody's pointed out that the 27' i3 is unpopular because most people don't have a big enough desk? Or a big enough room? Or a big enough house?
  16. jackOH macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2006

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