Deciding on new iMac (opinions)!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jomirrivera, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. jomirrivera macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011

    I deciding on getting a new iMac and my budget is $2300 (including tax)

    I have been considering two options:

    Option 1: Maxed out 21.5

    3.1 quad-core i7
    Fusion Drive (5,400 RPM)
    GT 650M 512 MB
    16GB Ram

    Option 2: Base model 27

    2.9 quad-core i5
    Fusion Drive (7,200 RPM)
    GTX 660M 512 Ram
    8GB Ram (will upgrade myself to 16 or more)

    The computer will have basic use and ocasional gaming!
    Fusion drive (IMO) is a must have, my concern is: should I go with an i5 or i7?

    Anyways, if you think of a better configuration, let me know!
  2. jomirrivera thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    I need opinions, what is the best options?
    Pros anc cons?
    Experienced gamers, anyone?
  3. VilleK macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    Go for the 27" of the two... You'll probably have no actual use for the i7 and you'll really appreciate the screen size in the long run. :)
  4. rpramanik macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2008
    San Francisco, USA
    well said

    yeah use the screen, i will
  5. Photography macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
  6. craigblues macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2012
    Option 2 - 27" more ram upgrade options at a later date!
  7. jomirrivera thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    How much of a difference will be the i5 vs i7?
  8. AppleMooseMan macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2012
    It depends on what you do. The Core i7 upgrade will get you more processor cache, more clock speed, and Hyper-threading; this can make a significant difference on processing video, editing and transcoding or very heavy Photoshop work. If you regularly do very CPU-heavy tasks I'd go with the i7.

    However, for most general use workloads i.e browsing the Web, word processing, checking e-mail the i5 will be adequate. You really won't be utilising the power of the i7 here.

    In my opinion the quad core i5 will be more than enough for you.
  9. MagicThief83 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2012
    I went with the 21.5", i5, 16GB RAM, and 1TB Fusion Drive. Don't waste money on the i7 if you don't do the tasks that put the CPU to use, otherwise it'll just sit idle. The 27" was too big for my desk and I personally don't need all that real estate. Also, the 650M will be fine for gaming on the 21.5". If you game on the 27", the 660M may not be adequate for gaming at the native resolution and you may have to bump down the resolution for adequate performance.
  10. jomirrivera thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    Does bumping down the setting make the game look bad?
    I have no problem doing that but only if they wont look bad!
  11. MagicThief83 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2012
    Some say bumping down the resolution may make the game look blurry. To be honest, I'd rather bump down the resolution a bit and increase settings in order to get better performance. The image may blur a bit, but it won't be the end of the world. If you're coming from console gaming, it will actually be an improvement over what you are used to.
  12. jomirrivera thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    well, I think I will stick to option 2!
    Thanks for your help!
  13. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Mini 2.3 (faster than option 2) 799
    256Gb SSD+kit (199) bigger SSD part you decide to fusion or not to fusion. You can also run everything off the SSD and use the 1Tb HD as file drive and timemachine for quick OS restores.
    Dell U2713HM (599) better screen than 27 inch iMacs one.
    16 Gb (80)
    1 week holiday to Cancun (599)
    Mouse (5) Keyboard (20) They look ugly but work better
    Total 2300
    Shipping in 24 hours.

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