Choosing the right 27 inch iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ronaldcastillo, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. ronaldcastillo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    I'm planning on purchasing an iMac in the next weeks and I'm having a hard time deciding which one to get.

    Here are my two choices: (27 inch)
    3.06 C2D Base Model + 8gb Ram (Upgrade) + Free Printer
    2.66 Quad Core Base Model (No Upgrades)

    I currently use my macbook for designing purposes and sometimes
    video editings through Final Cut Express/iMovie.

    I'm 15 years old, and have a budget in purchasing this iMac.
    The problem that concerns me is will having an 8gb upgrade make a difference or will I rather go with a Quad Core along with 512mb graphics card?

    Thanks. Feel free to give suggestions also.
  2. tcmacintosh macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    definitively quad as you can always upgrade the ram and printer later. 4gb is enough for most people these days. you cant upgrade the processor in the future but with ram you can.
  3. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    15? Damn, you're a hell of a lot better off when I was 15.

    Ram and hard drives are cheap and plenty - and will only get cheaper. Those are a cake-walk to upgrade, too.

    CPUs and GPUs, on the other hand - notsomuch. Stretch your dollar on the best CPU and GPU you can afford - because down the road, you're stuck with those two aspects.

    I doubt 2GB or 4GB or ram off the bat will cripple you in any way.
  4. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    Will 4gb vs. 8gb make a total difference? I really don't want to spend an extra $180 (+ tax) along with my Quad Core. Also, I already have printer but would want to experience having a wireless printer.

    Also whats the difference between 3.06C2D vs. 2.66Quad Core?
    I kind of know the difference but would like to know more.
  5. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    Yeah, I'm starting to realized that as I could always bring it in the Apple Store to upgrade my ram. I had the first generation of the Black Macbook and I think it's about time to upgrade my computer to a larger screen.
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Get the quad. Because you can always upgrade the RAM later =)

    It all seems good compared to what I'm using now. I'm on an iMac G3 running OS9 because my 24" imac is getting repired =0
  7. XboxEvolved macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2004
    How do you get that much money at 15? I guess the age for selling cocaine keeps getting lower I suppose? Anyways, while it wouldn't be within your budget right there the i7 is at the very least a decent buy compared to what you would pay elsewhere. Not sure about the other cost.
  8. darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    Why is everyone suggesting quad is essential to run final cut express/imovie. It isnt - sure preformance will be better but the last generation of imacs (to my understanding) ran final cut just fine, and they were all core2
  9. XboxEvolved macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2004
    Def right, I am just explaining the value. Honestly all this quad stuff is major overkill right now, but you have the satisfaction of knowing that 2, 4, even 6+ years down the road it will run everything like a dream. With C2D I'm sure it will work fine too, but you def will see differences in performance.
  10. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    I actually got the money from my past two birthdays. I saved them up on a savings account. I was talking to a Apple representative and they recommended me to upgrade to i7 2.8Ghz and hold off on the ram as it won't make much difference. Is that right?
  11. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009

    i7 Quad Core or
    i5 Quad Core + Free printer ($129.99)
  12. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    I would say hold off on the ram because you can do that yourself at a later date.
  13. XboxEvolved macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2004
    Man your family must really love you to give you that much money for your bday. My family would throw me out the car in the middle of nowhere and tell me to try and find my way home on my birthdays. :(

    Also yeah, since you have 4 ram slots in the 27' you could say, get a $65 2x2GB ram kit, and then a few years down the road max it out to 16GB, assuming the ram had gone down in price a lot it would be worth it.
  14. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I think you should get the i7 and the free $99 printer that you can get with a rebate. 4GB of RAM are plenty for now, but when you're ready to upgrade, be sure and do it yourself. It's as easy as installing batteries in a flashlight and will save you a ton of money. If you do it yourself, you can upgrade to 8GB of RAM for $92 right now, or you will probably be able to do it even cheaper if you wait a couple of months.

  15. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    Well they would throw me parties and I would save most of them.
    Is it worth upgrading to i7 or should I just get the i5 along with my free wireless printer? Still undecided on what iMac package I'm going to get.
  16. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    Thanks :)

    Should I upgrade to the i7 Quad Core?
    I really wanna walk out of the Apple Store holding an iMac.
  17. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    Yes, hold off on the RAM definately, its currently $93 for 2x2GB ram chips from here: and in 12 months time it might be that price for 4GB chips who knows! Besides atm 4GB is more than enough for any kind of processing!
    The processor is un-upgradeable so get that one fast as possible straight away.
  18. mac88 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Boston, MA.
    $200 difference. If you can afford it then go for it. If you want it now, go for the C2D and walk out of the store with it and enjoy.
  19. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    I'm willing to wait for November. I've finally decided, I'll get a i5 Quad Core Base model along with my free printer. Hows that?
  20. miki66 macrumors 6502


    Nov 19, 2008
    sounds just perfect;) enjoy your future purchase
  21. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Yeah, if you can afford it, get the Quad system stock.

    Later, when you're 18 or something if you think you need more memory, you could add some to it.

    4GB of RAm and QUAD core will SCREAM.
  22. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2009
    Yeah that sounds good. I'll let you guys know when I get my iMac!
    Hopefully they release the Quad base model next week!

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