Can't decide which iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by obey908, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. obey908 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't really decide which iMac I should get. Money isn't really an issue, but at the same time I don't want to way over pay for something I will hardly push to it's full limit.

    I will mostly be using it for pictures and a lot of handbrake

    Options from cheapest to most expensive.

    1. Refurb 27" 2.66 i5 - $1529
    2. Refurb 27" 2.8 i7 - $1699
    3. 27" 2.8 i5 - $1999
    4. 27" 2.8 i5 + 8gb ram - $2199
    5. 27" 2.93 i7 - $2199
    6. 27" 2.93 i7 + 8gb ram - $2399

    I would much rather prefer to buy new. Would going all out with option 6 be the best choice, considering I will keep the computer for 2-3 years?
     
  2. MacVibe macrumors regular

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    I vote for choice 2. If you want more ram you can get 4 GB sticks from Newegg for less than $100 so you could get a 16 GB i7 machine for less than choices 4-6. That's what I'd do, but if money really isn't a problem and you are a little tepid about refurb, then spend more and get a new, updated imac.
     
  3. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    I also vote for #2 based on your needs. Apple refurbs are very good, perhaps the best in the industry with the same warranty as new. But I can understand your desire for new: if money is not an issue, go for #6!!! =)
     
  4. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely #2, handbrake is very processor intensive work, the i7 would handle it great. Don't worry about getting a refurb though, they are very nice. I bought my macbook pro refurbished and it was perfect.
     
  5. obey908 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ended up picking up the new 27" i7 today, going to slowly upgrade to 16gb of ram over the next 2-3 months
     
  6. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    Option two, please! Preserve your cash, that i7 will do nicely.
     
  7. delacruzjeff macrumors member

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    I am on the same boat whether to get the refurb 27" i7 2.8 or the new 27" i5 2.8.

    What is major difference between their graphics card - ATI Radeon 4850 w/ 512 mb vs the newer ATI Radeon 5750 w/ 1gb?

    my main use will be photo and video processing. right now will only use iPhoto and iMovie but eventually move to Aperture and Final Cut.
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i would have said that too, or #1 + OWC RAM.

    OP: please, PLEASE purchase your RAM externally! OWC (macsales.com) is your best bet :)
     
  9. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    Why didn't you get the refurb? It is a lot cheaper and they are in super great condition!
     
  10. obey908 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was going to get g.skill 4gb ddr3 sticks from newegg

    Rather buy new
     
  11. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Apple RAM isn't that far off from OWC prices.
     
  12. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    Then what the hell was the point of #1 or #2 being on the list? Pretty retarded.
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    what are the specifications of that?

    $227 OWC vs $269 Apple for 8GB upgrade. small difference but i would rather save the money. the differences are even more when grabbing 16GB ($100). aussie prices btw.
     
  14. obey908 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Brand - G.SKILL
    Model - F3-8500CL7S-4GBSQ
    Type - 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM


    Tech Spec
    Capacity - 4GB
    Speed - DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
    Cas Latency - 7
    Timing - 7-7-7-20
    Voltage - 1.5V
    ECC - No
    Buffered/Registered - Unbuffered
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    looks perfect :)
     

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