C2d 3.06ghz IMAC vs. i3

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  1. Drecca macrumors regular

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    hey guys,

    I'm a macbook pro guy through and through. I'm looking for a used iMac as a backup, but I'm struggling with some stuff.

    There are 2 I'm currently looking at :

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz
    Ram : 4GB DDR2 Ram
    Hard Drive : sata2 500GB
    Video Card : Nvidia 8800GS 512MB

    I researched the video card, and it appears to be mid-range, which is okay

    The next one :

    Processor Class Intel Core i3
    Processor Speed 3.06 GHz
    Cache Size 4000 KB
    Number of installed processors 1
    Graphics
    Number of video cards included 1
    Installed Video Memory per Card 256 MB
    Video chipset ATI Radeon HD 4670
    Memory
    Memory technology DDR3
    Maximum system memory 16000 MB
    Storage
    Total Hard-drive capacity 500 GB
    Hard Drive Speed 7200 RPM


    Now, how can both the i3 and C2D have the same clock speed? Is it the seller making a mistake? And the DDR3 ram?

    About the ATI, how does that card fare vs the nvidia? People state memory isn't the only factor, since some cards can't even use it all.


    All it would do, would be office work and playing some world of warcraft (raiding). I assume the first one would play it just fine on medium settings? What about the latter?


    Many thanks for your help in advance. I'm using the i7 MBP and never had to worry about clock speeds and graphics cards before.
     
  2. talmy macrumors 601

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    You don't really have to worry now either.

    The i3 will have greater performance than a Core 2 Duo at any given clock speed. DDR3 RAM is more advanced technology which will likewise outperform DDR2. I don't know about the video, but I expect the Radeon would be better as well as Apple rarely steps back in performance.

    Can't address games, but either of these would be far more than adequate for office apps.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What are the prices? The new one is a better deal unless the old one is significantly cheaper.
     
  4. Drecca thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, that's the thing, I don't even know which one is the new one (I'm only up to date on MBP's).

    The prices are very similar. 980 for the first one listed, 950 for the second one.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Definitely the latter then. It's newer and faster.
     
  6. talmy macrumors 601

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    The i3 is newer. Do they both have the same screen sizes, RAM, and hard disk size? They specs you give don't say. As it is, the i3 is the much better buy.
     
  7. Drecca thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do they even make i3's at 3.06ghz with the ATI card (256MB)? Sorry, just want to make sure since I don't want to get screwed by the seller either.


    Ram/disk are all the same. The first one is 24 inch, the second is 21.5. Screen size at that point doesn't matter much to me.
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That is the previous gen low-end iMac.

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...-i3-3.06-21-inch-aluminum-mid-2010-specs.html
     
  9. NEXUS2345 macrumors newbie

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    Core 2 Duo vs i3

    I have a mid-2010 imac 27 with a 512mb radeon 5670

    you are definitely better off with the newer model because it has a better harddrive model and more L3 cache which is a big boost:D:D
     
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