Considering two different refurbished iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by td241, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. td241 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    My late-2008 MBP is getting a little long in the tooth, and having trouble keeping up with the larger files I'm starting to deal with. Turning on the graphics card helps, but it gets terribly hot (too hot to use in your lap) and the fan runs at full speed even when I'm not doing anything. I keep my MBP closed and I'm not sure if the fan can ventilate completely so I don't know if this is a good idea. Apple insists it's normal, but I don't like it. I've otherwise treated this guy very, very well, and so I think I can get decent money for it on eBay.

    Anyway, I'm considering two different refurb iMacs from the Apple Store. the first one looks remarkably better than the second for much less money. Am I missing something?

    1) July 2010 27" 2.93 GHz Quad-core i7 w/8MB cache ATi Raedon HD 5750 1GB-$1569
    (http://store.apple.com/us/product/G0JP0LL/A?mco=MTkwMzU2MzQ)

    2) May 2011 27" 3.4 GHz Quad-core i7 w/6MB cache ATi Raedon HD 6970M 1GB-$1869
    (http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD063LL/A?mco=MjMxMjQzNTQ)


    Other than thunderbolt, which I'm not sure I'll use, what's so great about May 2011 edition that warrants the extra $300? The clock speed is faster, but the cache is smaller. Wouldn't the higher cache with a slightly lower clock speed be a better bet? Also, is the Raedon HD 6970M a mobile graphics card? How would it compare to the 5750 non-M?

    Thanks, guys.
     
  2. B.A.T macrumors 6502

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  3. zarathu macrumors regular

    zarathu

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    Tell us what software you are using... please.
     
  4. MacBookPr0 macrumors regular

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  5. JonasDK macrumors member

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    Yeah, just go with the 1st one.

    But as zarathu said, you should give a bit more information about what software you are going to use.
     
  6. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    The ATi Raedon HD 6970M 1GB graphics is faster than the ATi Raedon HD 5750 1GB graphics. 2x faster
     
  7. td241 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so much everyone for the responses. I'm mostly using iDVD to encode and burn DVDs for work, and aperture for the photos from my new 7D. The MBP seemed to handle the photos from my 40D ok, but the 7D's photos seem to be just too much for it.

    Translation: I'm not a gamer.

    thank you thank you thank you !
     

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