Eyeing 27" iMac - please talk me into (or out of) it...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pward, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. pward macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2008

    I have a late 2006 20" iMac and cannot decided whether to replace it with a new 27" model. There's nothing "wrong" with my current iMac, but the 27" is a very nice system.

    My usage is general stuff (web, email, writing the odd document), a bit of iPad/iPhone development and an occasional bit of video editing, for which I use FCE.

    I realise that the main differences will be speed and the much larger screen. and I do have the funds for the 27".

    Any thoughts? Please help me decide whether to go for it...
  2. DarthMoops macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2010
    Baltimore MD
    I have a 2006 20" iMac as well. :)

    They can have it when they pry my cold, dead hands off it. :cool:
  3. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    You have a good machine, so maybe wait for the next refresh then buy ?

    The buyers guide of this forum is quite good guidance
  4. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
    sounds like a "want" more then a "need" purchase. ;)

    Live life, enjoy life. You only go around once.
  5. Andeavor macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    I have a 2007 model and have been eyeing the new 27 incher for a while now but I would wait for the next refresh... just in case. :)
  6. walterwhite macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2011
    South Central PA
    The 27" iMac is a fantastic machine... it beats my old MacPro (2006) nicely and would be a step up. Big Screen, fast machine if you get the i7 and can do so much with it. I would buy one in a heart beat.
  7. theking79, Jan 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2011

    theking79 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2009
    i'd wait for the refresh which will probably be the first half of this year.

    im in the same position as you as in wanting and not needing a new machine, but im going to wait for the refresh for the new intel processors.

    also the GPU is not great in the imac at the minute and you'd probably end up regretting not waiting for the refresh.
  8. RuggedPro macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2010
    Explain this please. Thank you.
  9. theking79 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2009
    The GPU in the imac is laptop standard, its hardly a good GPU when you compare it with whats out there
  10. RuggedPro macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2010
    In my admittedly limited experience, phrases such as "compared to what is out there" desperately needs to be understood as being relative.

    I am definitely not challenging what you said because you are 100% right: Compared to what is out there, the GPU is not the bleeding edge of current technology.

    However, doing a bit more than a recreational amount and a lot less than professional amount of photoshop and video editing, I've seen middle pack hardware specs be not only adequate but measurably and observably close to the bleeding edge.

    As you step to the upper echelons of pro-sumer hardware specs the differences start becoming minuscule relative to their differences from end of the pack specs. Therefor, things such as "performance" need to be strongly challenged against real word benefits if you are interested in the monetary value of it.

    Long winded way of saying: when you climb over the $1200-1500 range... Unless you are a professional power user, performance differences should be negligible.

    If a slightly faster processor saves me say 30 seconds over the course of one photoshop session and I do this say, 15 times a month this equals: 7.5 minutes a month or 90 minutes a year. If this faster processor cost me an extra $300 I paid: $3.33 a minute.... or, $200 an hour.... A Lot of money.

    BUT, if I saved 30 seconds a project and did 100s of projects a month, then it becomes extremely cheap and perhaps could get in the black by EARNING you money (or delivering enjoyment) by getting you finished with projects and on to others.

    Just another way of looking at all this tech stuff. If the GPU does not serve you or make you happy then by all means buy whatever it takes to make you happy. This is what its all about anyway. Just wanted to point the relative cost of things. Bulk buying has the same principle. No matter what I tell my wife, we do not need a 12 pack of baby grand pianos just because they are cheaper per unit... :D

    In closing. I would pay upwards of $500+ for an iphone because of what it does for me and all the gadgets I've been able to get rid of and avoid buying because of it. Relative, to me, it's an insanely cheap piece of equipment at $199. On the other side, spending $60 on my TV bill aggravates me because of the minimal time I watch it and the even more minimal amount of enjoyment I get out of it. But until cup cake wars gets on netflix streaming, my wife says we're keeping it. :rolleyes: $60 for 1 TV show... geesh. :rolleyes:
  11. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    The next iMac will probably have a laptop GPU also, this is a matter of heat. Even in the 27'' iMac, space is limited so cooling is also. Modern Desktop GPU produces a LOT of heat.

    I have a 27'' i5 Quad iMac (which mean a Desktop CPU, and the "Mobile GPU" ATI Mobility HD Radeon 5850 (Apple says this is a "ATI Radeon HD 5750" because actually it is the 5750 desktop GPU but underclocked, a configuration that is normally rebranded as "Mobility Radeon 5850" when it is in a laptop) and I'm a gamer.

    The configuration is powerful enough for any game i tried (which include a lot of Civ V, Bad Company 2, Team Fortress 2, L4D2, Mass Effect 2, Assassin's Creed II, Batman Arkham Asylum). All these games run very nicely on my machine, and I don't just try them to see if they work, I've played a lot on my machine (except for Assassin's Creed II, i've just tried it and stopped because honestly it is an overrated game...but that's another debate).

    Of course, in the gaming world, there is always a way to get a better GPU and run crysis with more FPS on a higher resolution, but this doesn't mean that the iMac doesn't have a good GPU.


    This being said, of course if you can wait, it's always a bit more satisfying to buy a Mac just after a refresh.
  12. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    the new iMac won't have noticeably better GPU's.

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