27" iMac 2011, i7 upgrade? Or amd radeon 2GB upgrade?

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  1. Ballman71 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
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    Hello, I wanted to buy a iMac soon, and I would use it mostly for web browsing, but not any editing software like cs5 or final cut or anything of the like.I usually would want to be gaming the most. I would like to play battlefield bad company 2 and the online store has options for hardware. Should I either: go with the i7 upgrade? the video card 2GB upgrade? Also, or the 8GB memory upgrade? Which one will I benefit the most out of gaming? Since I am not using editing software, or running multiple apps at the same time.
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Get the better video card over the i7 for gaming.
  3. lamboman macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    As you will probably already know, don't buy your memory from the Apple Store, the prices are plain silly.

    As for upgrades, if you have to, go with the video card upgrade with more memory over the processor (which will make literally no difference).

    I'd personally stick with the standard configuration, but that's just me :)
  4. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    For gaming, as said above, go for the upgrade in GPU. A strong CPU is great (I have the i7 in my 21.5" iMac) but for gaming a strong GPU is more important.

    Also as said above though, don't get apple RAM. An upgrade in the RAM is a good idea but get it from newegg or OWC (macsales.com) as they will sell it to you for a fraction of the cost (35 compared to 180 dollars) and RAM on an iMac is easy to change. Literally it took me 5 minutes to upgrade myself from 4 to 8GB or RAM
  5. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2011
    Everyone has said it. Although the i7 would be great, the better GPU would be the better choice for smoother gameplay.

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