I will go 21,5". i3 or i5?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by diegobgr, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. diegobgr macrumors 6502

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    Hi.

    I will get my new iMac next week.

    I am going to get an advanced 21,5" but I doubt if I should get i5.

    With the increase I can get a needed for me Time Capsule (but I also can get it later, maybe October...). So if I can save the i5, it's good.

    I will use iMac for photo work and editing and gaming (at least I will game until a year and half more or less)
     
  2. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    ok. sounds like you have already made your decision. Personally, if you were going to upgrade to the dual i5 on the new imacs, I would get the refurb 27" i5 quad for $70 CHEAPER
     
  3. puljiun macrumors newbie

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  4. SiMBa37 macrumors regular

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    I've been debating this same question too. For space reasons (desk with built in hutch), I have to go for a 21.5 inch. I keep going back and forth on the i3 or the DC i5. Main difference I see is turbo boost in the i5 + hyperthreading, vs. just hyperthreading alone and no turbo boost in the i3. Will this make a big difference for iMovie, Handbrake rip, and gaming?
     
  5. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Turbo boost lets the 3.6 go up to 3.8 on ideal conditions. The i3 will always run at 3.2 instead. So even if the i3 had the turbo, it would turbo up to 3.3 or 3.4. To me, the hyperthreading is more significant than the turbo boost, but turbo boost is nice, if you have it, why not.

    The reason I'm scared to custom order a i5 is the possible screen issues that still exist.

    Therefore, Amazon just got the i3 model in stock so I ordered it for Saturday delivery. If it looks good (the screen), I'll live with the i3. It is still a very fast chip. If the screen looks bad, I'll return it, and wait on the next generation of iMacs.

    Like many, the 27-inch is too big for my desk enclosure.

    The i3 seems to be getting 6000 score on Geek Bench (my old 2.4 GHZ Core 2 Duo gets 3350). We'll have to wait and see what the i5 gets.
     
  6. SiMBa37 macrumors regular

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    Not sure how this works, so you're saying that if you buy an i5 BTO 21.5 if there is a problem and you take it to the genius bar for replacement, you'd have to get a new one shipped to you, rather than pick up a new one right away from in the store, right?

    Yeah, I could see how that would be annoying.

    I guess my question was more of since I'm limited really to the 21.5 models, would an i5 BTO be worth the $200 to "future proof" my iMac for the next 4 to 5 years? Or is it not worth it, and I should just go for the i3 3.2ghz?
     
  7. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, see a stock machine is a bit easier to return. Also, the stock machines are now in stock at Amazon, which is really really easy to return.

    To return a BTO machine to Apple, you have to get bounced around between CSRs and service people until they finally decide yours is faulty.
     
  8. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    The core i5 is not worth it, save your money.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2901

    The Core i3 is clearly the winner here.For price vs performance.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2901/16

    http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2010/2...ni-review.html

    Tests for the entry level i3 540 of the base mac.
    This is not even the i3 550, and you can already see the improvement. The i3 would provide about a %10 increase in performance over the i3 540 give or take.

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...3-540-clarkdale-lga1156-processor-review.html
     
  9. SiMBa37 macrumors regular

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  10. diegobgr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I will go to the store tomorrow.

    Or I can wait and buy it trought Apple Store on Monday, and get i5.

    Anyone has another opinion?
     
  11. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    i always buy online only because the tax in store is always $70-80 more.
     

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