A couple question about the iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chaseg22, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. chaseg22 macrumors newbie

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    So I am buying a new iMac (since mine is from 2006). Right now I have 512 MB Ram, 160 GB HD, and core 2 Duo Processor.
    My main use for this machine is downloading and converting movies with SOME editing.
    Would I benefit much from the i7 3.4 Ghz or would it just be a waste?
    Should I go for the 3.1 i5 or just stay with the 2.7 Ghz i5 Base model (1699$).
    What I am asking is FOR me, would I even notice the difference between paying 2200$ or 1699$. Also will the processor affect the life span of the computer? (i.e faster processor will last longer?)
    Thanks guys
     
  2. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Keep in mind for that same base model 27" you can get the top model with the 3.1 and 6970 in the refurbished section. That is what I just did.

    As far as the performance. I think any of the new models will be a huge upgrade for you. I would recommend going with the better video card because that is the main bottleneck. Well besides the HDD.
    I woud think the better video card would extend the life of usefulness of the computer. Plus y ou would get the faster i5.
    From what I have gathered the i7 isn't tons faster than the i5. But the 6970 is a good bit faster than the 6770.
     
  3. chaseg22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now what about going for the 1GB to 2GB for the 6970, is that going to make a difference, is it worth it for 90$?
     
  4. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

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    If you're only using one monitor the extra $90 won't help.
     
  5. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on what your doing. I have been told some games may utilize it. But I really think 1gb will be plenty. At times I still can't get over how fast things have changed in the computer industry. Especially with memory.

    One thing about the refurbed route. You can't do any customization. However, I saved $440 per iMac for a total savings of $880. Hard to argue with that. Has the same warranty and they are basically new. Some even say they can be better since they get a more personal QC check compared to the assembly line which probably only gets random QC checks.
     

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