Change ,y new IMAC 27 core i3 3.2

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  1. dummy99 macrumors newbie

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    I have just buy a 2010 imac 27" core i3 3,2. I'm thinking change it for a 27 core i5 2.8 quad, but everyone in apple store told me that i will not feel the difference between this two imacs in normal work. I'll work mainly with office, parallels for develop with .net, some ilife (photo and video).

    what do u think? As an alternative i'm going to put more memory up to 12 GB.
     
  2. brachson macrumors member

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    you will not feel the difference - and 12GB will not make any difference neither for your use.
     
  3. dummy99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but, it will be still a good machine five years long?

    for what kind of applications you feel the difference with the Imac i5 quad 2.8?
     
  4. Miker2k macrumors regular

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    The biggest difference I think you might notice on the i5 (and the reason I chose it over the i3) is the optional 1gig 5750 video card.
     
  5. dummy99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Miker2k, do you feel the i5 is overheating? or is it similar to the i3 heating?
     
  6. Miker2k macrumors regular

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    It gets hot when I play games under Bootcamp (Borderlands, Black Ops, etc) but the fans spin up and it keeps playing without a problem. All in all it has been a real solid machine. I did just add an additional 4 gigs of ram specifically for doing some virtualization and the thing runs like a top.
     
  7. MacHamster68, Jan 22, 2011
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    for what you are doing on the iMac even the i3 is already more then overkill ,
    office, parallels for develop with .net, some ilife (photo and video) nothing thats even stressing the i3 processor neither will it stress the graphics card , why does everybody thinks to need 5 times the power thats actually needed for the tasks they plan to do and the argument of some "i might in the future need more power eventually" is pointless , as it would be better and more effective then to get a new Mac in the future when you really need more power
    for me thats like buying a porsche for the trip to the shops that are a 5 min walking distance away :confused:
    if you would do serious gaming (crysis and the like),professional filmcutting , animations like the matrix or so , then ok then you might need the power of a i5 and a bit better graphics card , but parallels, ilife ....nothing a 2ghz core 2 duo iMac could not handle in reality .ok the i5 is some milliseconds faster , but are you really sitting in front of your computer with a stopwatch monitoring every task ?
    so yes i agree with the apple store staff that you will not even notice any kind of performance gain even with a stopwatch ,

    so save your money get the i3 and spend the money you saved on something useful for your needs , a ssd , a bit more ram, or a holiday....just for example

    and in 5 years from now will do exactly the same tasks at the same speed as its doing things now, and it will handle OSX lion too once its available
     
  8. robertpetry macrumors 6502

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    You can get the 5750 with the i3 for $150. If you game much I think it would be a good investment. Better than jumping $300 to i5.
     
  9. dummy99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. Miker2k macrumors regular

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    Good point, quad core also played into my decision (physical vs HT). In the OPs case the i3 is probably the answer.
     

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