A little confused with the 2 available 21.5 iMacs, buying tomorrow

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nickosbad, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. nickosbad macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hiya everyone, sorry if this is maybe repeating some of the other threads but I could do with a bit of help.

    I have the opportunity to get a 21.5 iMac tomorrow for £800 for the 3.06 and £1000 for the 3.2 both brand new

    Now I know that the faster the processor the better but for the average user, what difference will the upgraded graphics card offer

    My main usage will be lots of handbrake encodes (DVD rips for apple TV and converting 1080 mkv to 720 apple tv versions) occasional Photoshop and iMovie use. The only game I have at the moment is Command & Conquer 3 but I may be tempted to get some newer games if the iMac will handle them ok.

    My DVD rips currently happen real time, will I see a big improvement??

    The 3.2 has the bigger HDD but I can get a 500GB portable drive for £50 that I could store all my movies and music on so that I could use it in my MBP when needed

    So given my situation, will I notice any benefit with the upgraded graphics and processor or am I better off using the cash saved to double the ram etc??

    My old machine is a 2.16 C2D MBP and it's on it's last legs
  2. pcfarrar macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2010
    I would pay the extra £200 and go for the 3.2GHz model ( I did) . The ATI 5670 is a little faster than the 4670, but has twice the video ram, runs cooler and has full DirectX11 support. It's a bit more future proof and will have a better re-sale value in the future.
  3. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Because video encoding is extremely processor intensive get the fastest machine you can afford. If using Handbrake is your primary application then that's a no brainer.

    Because you say you are a gamer then get the best graphics card you can afford, it's really that simple. Anything that will tax a graphics card such as gaming, 3D rendering, CAD/CAM etc.. you should get the best graphics card you can afford for the best experience.
  4. biggd macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2008
    Haha. Aka. SPEND YOUR MAX
  5. nickosbad thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    Well the 3.06 is gonna cost me £850 now whereas the 3.2 is still £1000 which makes me lean towards the 3.2, I just hope that the extra cash shows itself as I really liked the idea of a sub £900 iMac!!!
  6. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I was in exactly the same situation as you. I have a friendly Apple Service Provider and borrowed both machines to try out for about a week prior to purchasing. I do a fair bit of intensive work on Aperture plus some video editing.

    In practice, I found hardly any difference between the two. I decided (and the people at the Service Centre concurred) to go for the 3.06 and, should the necessity arise, use the cash saved on additional RAM.

    I appreciate that to some people, to have the biggest always means the best. However, I prefer to tailor items such as this to my personal requirements and not waste money on facilities that most likely, will never be used.

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