buying a refurb imac, 2.66 quad i5 or 3.6 i5?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tonythemediaguy, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. tonythemediaguy macrumors newbie

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    I had a 21" 3.6 i5 with ATI 5760 512MB in my cart but they ran out of stock, so anxiously awaiitng the return.

    However they also have a 27" 2.66 quad core i5 with ATI 4850 512MB for only $80 more.

    Which would you guys choose?
    I play x-plane 9, a few games in windows 7 boot camp, render videos in handbrake a few times a month.

    Thanks for any advice/feedback!
     
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    $80 is a bargain for everything you're getting more. I think its just worth the screen itself, but no, you also get faster specs. Dang, I'm buying refurbs from now on :)

    I only got this laptop new for the free iPod Touch. ;)
     
  3. tonythemediaguy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about that the 27" is october 2009 model and is 2.66 and the 21" is july 2010 model with 3.6?
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The 2.66 is quad core, while the 3.6 is only dual core. For ripping videos, the quad will definitely be better
     
  5. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    i7 = 2.66 Ghz, 4 physical cores (8 virtual - total)
    i5 = 3.6 Ghz, 2 physical cores (4 virtual - total)

    It really depends what you do. For me, either or is fine. I think the i7 would be faster though, especially for encoding stuff since it has more cores.

    Keep in mind you get a bigger screen, and a better video card. I think the i7 is faster, but won't be noticeable in your uses.
     
  6. tonythemediaguy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's an 09, but will be faster than the 2010 dual core models, and nearly as fast as the new i5 quad (they only bumped it up 133MHz-fairly insignificant)
     
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Remember to post pics of it when you get it! I want to see the 27 inch beauty.
     

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