Imac 20" or 24"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ohkanada, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. ohkanada macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2007
    I am close to purchasing an IMAC after being a PC user for many years. My original plan was to buy the 24 inch 2.8 ghz model. After looking at it again, I am thinking of dropping down to the 20 inch 2.4 ghz model . In both cases I will be upgrading to 4 gb of memory. I found it online for $125.

    Will I notice the processor speed (2.4 vs 2.8) difference and will it cause any issues?

    The one thing that is the same is the video card (ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory). I suspect the video performance would be better on the smaller screen but I am not really sure. I didn't notice any upgrade options for the video cards. Is this true?

    I am also thinking of buying a refurbished model (from apple) instead of a new model.

    Other than typical web browsing and email, my main use for it will be playing World of Warcraft.

    Any thoughts?

  2. AppleWoW macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2007
    SLC, Utah
    Im looking at the same model for WoW and i'd say save yourself the extra cash and go with the 20" screen. Unless you NEED the extra .4 GHz its not really noticable. I myself will be hooking up another screen to my iMac so there is no reason to get the 24" model. Good luck!

    And there is no upgrade for videocards, sorry.
  3. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    The 24" model is available with either 2.4GHz or 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo CPUs.

    I had a 20" Core Duo iMac (white) before upgrading to the 24" and I really love the extra screen real estate. In fact, now this just looks normal to me and 20" seems tiny.

    The viewing angle on the new 24" models is also better than the 20". Its a better LCD panel. For my money it was the 24" all the way and well worth the extra $300.
  4. whynot83706 macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    WOW is the only game I play, and I have to say it runs perfectly on my 20" 2.4Ghz Mac, i am getting 45+ fps.
  5. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Depends on what you'll use the machine for primarily. If work related you'd be better off going for the 20" and buying a second 20" monitor to sit beside it. If media and/or games, go for the 24".
  6. she's krissy macrumors newbie

    she's krissy

    Nov 18, 2007
    Queens, NY
    the 20inch is small compared to my 24inch.

    i went over to my friends house with a 20 inch....yeah, the 24inch has much more a "display" and I edit all day on my 24inch baby =) easy to open up many windows if working on different thingys
  7. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    I really don't think you'll regret getting the 24", if it can fit within your budget. Doesn't even seem all that big to me anymore. But man is it beautiful.
  8. AppleWoW macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2007
    SLC, Utah
    For me im on a 17" 1.25 dual core G4 ATI 9000 PRO, so the 20" in my opinion is a big enough upgrade for me as is. The 24" is nice but I dont want to spend the extra cash for some room I may never use. Plus I will throw my 17" monitor onto my 20" for some extra screen space so I see no need to upgrade to a 24". The argument basically comes down to is how much speed, space, and desktop room you want/need.
  9. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    For games, throwing less pixels around will mean a higher frame rate.

    The 20" is plenty big enough for me.

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