Buying an Imac but can't decide what specs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by xxdan182xx, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. xxdan182xx macrumors newbie

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    so i am stuck on two of these. I will be using the imac for photo editing some video editing, and some cs source. Not sure if i am better off getting the one with the better video card or the i5. So what would be my best bet ?

    1) Apple iMac 27" 3.2GHz Intel Dual Core i3 4GB RAM 1TB HD SuperDrive ATI Radeon HD 5670-512Mb

    2) Apple iMac 27" 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 4GB RAM 1TB HD SuperDrive ATI Radeon HD 4850-512 Mb AP BT
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The second one has better CPU AND GPU, so definitely get it
     
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    get the i5 lynnfield model. It's lower clocked but it's quad core.
     
  4. xxdan182xx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i believe the i5 is an older model is it still quad core ?
    Also do you think apple will update their imacs anytime soon ?
     
  5. 87vert macrumors 6502

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    They just updated in July...
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes, it is. i3 that is in your #1 is dual core, but the i5 is quad core
     
  7. xxdan182xx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will i be able to run games such as Counter Strike Source high ?
     
  8. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

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    The usual new vs refurb debate.

    I haven't used the i3, went for the i5 refurb and it's a beaut.I would definitely buy refurb again.
     
  9. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    It is a late '09 model cpu, but still more powerful than the clarkdales that were released at the very start of '10.
    Lynnfields are quadcore, yes.

    Apple just refreshed their iMac lineup in July with clarkdales, higher clocked lynnfields and mobility 5k gpus, don't expect another update until next spring/summer.
     
  10. xxdan182xx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    are the late 2009 LED screens ? and they come with the magic mouse right ?
     
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