i5 Advice

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pcuz, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. pcuz macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2009
    Hi Guys,

    I am looking at getting an i5 Imac. My local Apple store has them in stock and I was going to pop down tomrrow and treat myself for Christmas.

    Bit worried as I keep reading about screens problems? Not sure I understand exactly what the screen problem is. But should I avoid buying the imac.

    Or is I do get one how can I protect myself from buying a lemon?

    Keen to get some good advice thanks!


  2. JayInNJ macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2009
    there have been multiple problems reported in here: flickering, dead pixels, cracked screens, yellow tinges. However, I did just what you are thinking and have had no problems. I don't know that they would let you take it out and check it out before purchasing, but you can pretty much tell right away if you have a problem and return it within 14 days for a replacement and within 1 year warranty to get it fixed.
  3. pcuz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2009
    Thanks for the response! Guess I just need to figure out now if the i5 is good enough or I should plump for the i7! :)
  4. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    Keep this in mind...

    You are paying a 200 dollar premium, on a part that really has a 90 dollar difference, for a ~10% performance gain, on a machine that cannot be exchanged in a store.
  5. pcuz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2009
    Good point! Had not thought of it that way...
  6. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    You can pay an extra $180-200 for up to 25-30% in performance gain now. If you plan on keeping the computer for 3-4yrs, that comes out to ~$50 a year extra or about $5 a month. Go to a fast food place one less time a month and you will have saved up the difference in money; not to mention your health. ;). Ultimately if you can afford that last $200 the i7 is a no brainer for the performance difference over the i5. I have had both, and hands down would not go with the i5 after having the i7. Just not worth it when you can upgrade to the i7 for just a little more. When you consider you will have the performance of a low end MacPro in a 27'' monitor should speak for itself. Now if you don't have the extra $ or need the performance then it might not be worth it to you. Also, if you care about your Warranty/AppleCare you won't be able to upgrade the CPU yourself and who knows what other issues you might run into.
  7. Harry0620 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2009
    i5 VS i7

    The main reason I bought an i5 from local Apple store was I read all the problems on screen and hard drive noises. If I have problems, I can always return to local store anbd get a replacement right away at the store. Well, after three weeks, my i5 is doing great, no HD noise (WD drive). may have a slight yellow tint at the bottom but only use test pattern and looking closely.

    There is not much difference between i5 and i7. Look into the Macworld review. Of course if faster by 9 second in Aperture application (1:50 vs 1:49) or faster by 1 second to duplicate a 1G file (21 second vs 20 secon) is important to you then you should get an i7.

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