C2D or i5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tha Professor, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Tha Professor macrumors regular

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    i am currently looking for a used mac for home use. I was settled on a 2011 mac mini with i5, but I am still intrigued by the iMacs. However there seems to be a gap at my desired price range and there are mostly cheaper c2d imacs available. I wonder what is their weekest point? Is it the cpu or rather the gpu? I can always add a ssd or max out the ram, but maybe they are really just old. The mac will be used for photography, but only scanned images - no raw digital files etc, so it shouldn't be that gpu intensive.
     
  2. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    I think a lot of people here will recommend the i5, but it really depends on your budget. I am still humming along on a 2009 2.8 GHz C2D Macbook Pro, I recently installed an SSD and the computer still feels really fast to me. I do some light photo stuff (Photoshop, Snapseed, etc.), and a lot of general office/productivity tasks. I don't consider myself a power user, but use my MBP a lot.

    Obviously the higher resolution you go with your scans, the more horsepower you will need.

    Since you're going used I think whichever Mac you find the best deal on (relative to market price), is what I'd probably go for. A C2D iMac may be all you need, but you'll be able to trade up and not lose money on it if you get it at a good price. If you go that route, I would try to find one with a dedicated GPU rather than integrated (which could be a weak point.)
     
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  4. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    Mine is on Yosemite and will be able to run El Capitan, but yeah you should do your research on that. For iMacs, Mid 2007 or newer will be able to run El Capitan- I assumed OP was looking at newer than that.
     
  5. Tha Professor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I was looking at those 2009 iMacs, where there were already i5s available as the higher end option.

    Thanks for your input! This computer is for my gf, I think she won`t be giving it too heavy use, apart from some lightroom and negative scanning... It might be the way to go, because, she "decides on the aesthetics"
     
  6. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Mac Mini's from 2009 onwards will just fine. They benefit immensely from an SSD upgrade.
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Core2Duo is 64-bit and can run all the latest versions of Mac OS X. Mac with Core2Duo CPUs and can't go beyond Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x) are due to GPU requirements.
     
  8. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

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    I have a 1970 3.06 C2D Imac that runs Yosemite just fine, only 4 g of ram and I run Xp in Parallels along with Safari with 4 - 5 windows, Excel, Calendar, Mail and Msg. Sometimes more and no problems.
     
  9. chrfr macrumors 603

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    The first Core 2 Duo Minis are limited to 10.7.5. Only the 2009 and newer Minis can run 10.8 or later.
     
  10. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a

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    I have a C2D 2009 Mac mini with an SSD and 8GB of RAM. It runs Yosemite well enough but it would be nice if it was a little faster. Vastly improved over the original HDD and 4GB of RAM though. When buying an second hand Mac, the newer the better frankly and personally I like the mini's because I started with a G4 way back in 2005 and apart from replacing the mini itself with the 2009 model I've kept everything else I bought at the time. It was a toss-up whether I bought the mini and ACD or a G5 iMac because the cost was about the same but I'm very glad I went the route I did because in the long term it has proven a much better choice. Will definitely buy another mini.
     
  11. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    They are limited because of the GMA 950, not because of the Core2Duo.
     
  12. stroked Suspended

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    No Macs with a 32-bit EFI, are stuck on Lion. Apple just used the GPUs in the old Macs, as a way to stop them from booting
    with Mountain lion.
     
  13. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Ah, yes. You are right. Lion.
     

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