High end 21.5 or 27?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by virginblue4, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

    virginblue4

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    I'm not sure whether to go with the 21.5" 3.1 i7, 1TB fusion drive and 16GB RAM or 27" 3.4 i7, 1TB fusion drive, 8GB RAM (add my own in future).

    I will be using it for games such as Sims 3, SimCity, nothing too intense. Some photo and video editing and web browsing. Will the 1GB VRAM make much of a difference over the 512mb for my kind of gaming? That's the deciding factor. I don't want to spend the extra if I don't need to.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. turtlez macrumors 6502a

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    1GB VRAM is the standard these days for any kind of new games coming out. Of course you will be able to run them but you will have to go a bit lower than average on the graphics settings. The biggest deciding factor between the two is the screen size.

    I chose the 27" because I need to have references open as will as a blank canvas at the same time for illustration work. I need to have two viewports up in 3D work and I have gotten used to use a larger screen.
     
  3. christophermdia macrumors 6502a

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    I went with a fully loaded 27", mainly because, these units are not meant to be upgraded (with the exception of Ram on the 27). If today you need a 1GB video card, but tomorrow a 2GB video card will carry you well into 3+ years, then why not go with that. This option is not available on the 21.5. Processor can bump to a 3.4 instead of 3.1 (nominal but higher nonetheless), 3TB Fusion option in the 27 vs only 1TB option in the 21.5 (no clue why, shouldnt make a difference since its probably the same size drive, however, no option to go higher on the 21.5 nor upgrade it later).

    I upgrade my laptop every couple years, and I dont need a $3000 desktop to be a common laptop for me, I rather splurge get everything I can out of the 27" and have it last me 3-5 years and not be too slow come year 3,4 or 5.

    Some cannot afford the $3k upfront so it is understandable getting the lower spec 21.5, but you do have to realize this machine wont last as long.

    Just my $.02.
     
  4. virginblue4 thread starter macrumors 68000

    virginblue4

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    I was looking at the specs for both SimCity 5 (256mb VRAM) and Sims 3 (128mb) so 512mb should be plenty, surely? Also, I prefer the size of the 21.5" screen. Plus there is quite a long wait time for the 27".

    Ahhh, decisions!
     
  5. joeholl1979 macrumors member

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    I wanted to play games on mine too, mainly Battlefield 3 on Bootcamped Windows. My recommendation is that if you're going to get one, spend the money now so you're not disappointed down the road. If you get the 27", I would definitely get at least the 1GB video card; it's only a couple hundred more bucks more.
     

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