- What to get ??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Racerman, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Racerman macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    Cheshire, UK
    First of all Hello :)
    I've been looking round these forums for the past couple of months and finally joined up and decided this was a good a time as any to make my first post !

    Basically my situation is that I am a Commercial Photography Student who is looking at getting a new iMac which I want to be a 27" to give me a larger area for editing.
    That bit and knowing what RAM and the likes I want is all fine and dandy but then comes the MASSIVE problem on picking a processor :(
    Obviously if I'm spending this kind of money on my first iMac I want to get it right first time specs wise and at the minute I've got an six year old PC that is finally heading to it's grave running a 3.2GHz Intel Pentium 4 HT with it's lovely 1MB of L2 Cashe (Which is always running at 100% these days sick of the sound of that fan haha!) with a BEAST 1.5 GB DDR1 RAM old school I think so !
    Shows you it's ancient when the best thing on it is the ATI Radeon HD 3600 512MB I threw in like 2 years back !

    So the big question for me is Dual Core 3.06GHz i5 or Quad Core 2.93GHz i7
    I mean ANYTHING would be faster than the PC, I'm currently on an iBook G4 because I prefer the speed of this thing :)
    But the main applications that I will be using would be predominantly Photoshop CS5 with some Aperture 3 & Lightroom 3 to do my editing on,
    Don't do gaming that's what my 360 is for when I have time so that isn't an issue for me.

    So my question is in my situation which would you choose and why ?
    My god this sounds more like Blind Date than asking for some help !

    and Thanks in advance :p
  2. d88co88 macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2009
    I think the CS5 finally takes advantage of all cores, I don't know about lightroom though. Get the i7 refurbished, it would be the best deal.
  3. Racerman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    Cheshire, UK
    yeah just had a ganders at an article on it and it says

    well I think that could swing the balance

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