Choosing Between the 27 inch 3.06 Core 2 Duo Model VS. The 27 Inch 3.2 Ghz I3 Model

Discussion in 'iMac' started by beeinformed, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. beeinformed macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010

    I am trying to decide which of these two 27 inch imacs I should buy:

    27 inch 3.06 core 2 duo model

    27 inch 3.2 I3 model

    Is the 27 inch 3.2 ghz I3 model a better value in terms of increased computer and graphics performance and is it better to get the 2nd generation model because of prior issues (i.e. yellow tinge)?

    I have never owned an imac computer and have had horrible experiences with pc desktop computers and would appreciate any feedback/comments on which 27 inch imac model I should purchase.

    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. skcrane macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    dayton, oh
    you might want to look at macworld new review on the 27 inch i3 3.2 to decide just posted. I would go for the 27 inch 3.2 i3 based on that review if you can afford it.
  3. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    right. don't by core 2 anymore. that tech was great but it's well past it's days.
  4. dexthageek macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2007
  5. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
  6. dexthageek macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2007
    I agree!

    I think with the 27'' i3 (2010) and 27'' i7 (2009) being the same price ($1699), I would go with the 2009 i7.
  7. nhr215 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
    why is the i3 so much better than the Core 2 duo? I'm very tempted to get the $1,269 refurbished 27" Core 2. I bought a refurbished iMac years ago and it has been very good to me....

    I get that it is an old architecture but on a practical level why would that matter to me? I have been running audio editing applications on a 2ghz intel core duo with only 2gb of ram and no major hiccups....

    Does it really make that big a difference? If so how? Just trying to assess why I should spend $400 more for the newer model when the refurbished one appears to be a steal.... thanks,
  8. SinisterJoe macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    In a blind taste test with these machines side by side few people could tell the difference without checking System Profiler or Activity Monitor. Unless you're doing something where an extra 10-15% computational performance increase is really important it really doesn't matter. I say save the $400 and go with the CD2.
  9. nineohtoo macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    I just saw these in the refurb store and wanted to get more opinions on them. Considering the 27" monitor is going to cost a grand, and this will include a dated computer, and a $100 wireless keyboard/mouse combo, this deal sounds to good to be true.

    For someone looking at the the new 27" monitor wouldn't this be a better than buying just the regular monitor, especially if you don't have a mouse/keyboard already? You could always use it as a monitor with a more powerful MacBook Pro right?

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