i7 or i5 iMac for gaming. 8GB ram?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Boostin, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Boostin macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2009
    So I'm looking to get a iMac for home use/gaming. I'm wondering if the i7 is worth the extra $200? Also, 8GB ram for $200 more? Is that worth while? Which is more worth while? Are both worth it? Like will I be able to notice a big difference/advantage? Thanks in advance.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Get i7 and buy RAM from third party and install it yourself, 2x2GB is less than 100$. CPU is not upgradeable so get the best you can but RAM can be added easily later on
  3. Heldrup macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Got a i7 2.8 GHz with 8 GB ram and it works very good with games ect so i would go for that option if i was you and wanted to use the mac for gaming options as well.
  4. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    I haven't seen too many tests for 3D gaming, but the ones at barefeats suggested that both processors offered roughly the same performance.

    However, as Hellhammer said, the CPU isn't upgradeable so I would spend the extra - not as if Heldrup regrets it :p

    As mentioned, RAM is easily upgradeable and most would advise going third-party and adding it yourself.

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