Duo Core or Quad core for my new iMac

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  1. hdweinberg macrumors newbie

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    I am going to upgrade my iMac to one of the new ones. I basically use it to surf the web, playing bridge and solitaire, and using the word processing programs, iphoto, etc.
    With what I use, should I get the Duo core, 3.06 with 8 mgs of RAM. or the Quad core 2.66
    Would appreciate advice..... HDW
     
  2. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Search before you post, please.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=8703969&posted=1#post8703969
     
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  4. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    You do not need a Quad-Core at all; however, what current Mac are you using?
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Any current Mac is fine for that kinda usage... As zedsdead asked, what Mac are you using at the moment?
     
  6. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    If you feel like you must upgrade, the Core 2 Duo will be more than sufficient for your needs.

    Bryan
     
  7. hdweinberg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    Thanks - am using a 1.25Gh PowerPC G4 iMac with 768 MBDDR SDRAM
    Will I be happy with the Duo 2 core 3.06 ??
     
  8. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    A Duo 3.06 w/8gb RAM is a quantum leap compared to your current setup. Yes you will be happy.
     
  9. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502

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    You will be super happy with that jump. I have a new 21.5" imac and I use it for about the same as you do. It's MORE than sufficient and very fast. Getting an i5 or i7 would be more or less for bragging to your friends for what you'd be using it for and wouldn't even outperform the C2D 3.06 in every realtime scenario.
     
  10. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

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    I think we all will be happy! It's Happy Time! :D
     
  11. js81 macrumors 65816

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    I have a PowerBook 1.33GHz G4 and an old iMac with a 2.0GHz C2D. The iMac is at least 10x faster. No kidding. (Or, should I say, 10x more responsive...)
     
  12. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

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    My girlfriend is using an iMac with your configuration side-by-side with an (ancient) iBook G4 800 MHz. It's like the iBook comes from a different century. :eek:
     
  13. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    Recently sold a Powerbook Titanium G4 500Mhz. It's still the best looking laptop ever, I think, but that G4 processor is just an absolute dog.
     
  14. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    You will see a HUGE difference. Go for the Core2Duo. Should be more than enough for you.
     
  15. hdweinberg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks....

    Thank you all for your advice - you have been very helpful. Will get the 3.06 Core 2 Duo. Thanks again to everyone who wrote and helped me decide.... :) HDW
     
  16. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    ^ Great thread and a refreshing change. It's really nice to see new folk (macrumors newbie) asking sensible questions, followed with proper respectful answers in response.

    Congratulations and enjoy your new mac.

    :):):)
     
  17. stever500 macrumors regular

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    I went with the super basic setup, 4 mg, didn't need the 8mg. You could save some money at that too for what you use.

    Just sayin'...

    You'll freakin' LOVE this new machine.
     

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