help with choosing a new iMAC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by settings, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. settings macrumors newbie

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    hi there!
    i'm wondering to buy a new iMac 27'' but i have a dilema and i thought you guys can help me.

    iMac 27'' Quad core 2.66ghz, 4Gb, 1Tb, Ati 512Mb

    or

    iMac 27'' Core 2 Duo 3.06ghz, 8Gb, 1 Tb, Ati 512Mb


    which one is better?


    regards.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Could you please tell us your usage? It's very hard to help if you give no sign about your needs and possible apps you are going to use
     
  3. settings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so i will run:

    dreamweaver, photoshop, cinema4d, flex, flash that kind of apps

    and i usually play WoW.
     
  4. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    "Better" is a relative term...

    However, look at it this way: the two significant differences are the number of cores, and the amount of RAM. The clock speeds, while different, are less of a noticeable change.

    You CAN add more RAM to the 4GB configuration. I believe the max is 16GB.

    You CAN'T change the processor to add more cores. Not without buying a new iMac, that is...

    I'd go for the quad core with 4GB RAM, and add RAM (from an aftermarket vendor) later. 4GB will get you through 6 months of usage or so, before you'll be looking to improve things.

    (I'd probably be fine with 4 for longer. I'm running a 2.33 C2D MBP with 3gigs of RAM...)

    :apple::apple:
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Go for the quad, it's not that much more and performance is twice as good.
     
  6. settings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks a lot for the opinion.

    yes i was thinking in buy the quad core and later add more ram if needed.
     
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  8. L0s7man macrumors 6502

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    I can understand going with i5 and not i7. But why on earth would you not wait until i5 and go with c2d?

    I'd probably grab i7. Providing that hdmi->mini displayport adapter from belkin or someone else will be ready...
     
  9. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    I have been weighing this continuously since the announcement.
    Keep coming back to the i5 with the quad cores and the 4850/512
    graphics card. Best bang for the buck as I see it.
     
  10. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    I'd wait and check out the benchmarks and review of the i5 quad-core and ati4850 27" imac.
     

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