iMac 2011 21.5": i5 2.5 or i5 2.7 ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macchiato2009, May 12, 2011.

  1. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

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    Hi there

    i really don't know which 21.5" iMac to buy:

    the entry-one with core i5 2.5 / Ati 6750 / 500 Gb

    or the other one: i5 2.7 / Ati 6770 / 1 Tb ???


    a few questions:

    - i assume that there is very little difference between i5 2.5 and 2.7 but which one would be quieter / cooler ? or would the 2.7 would run hotter ?

    - will i see a difference between Ati 6750 and 6770 ?


    thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What are you going to do with it? Unless you are gaming, the high-end doesn't make much sense and you most likely wouldn't notice any difference.
     
  3. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    mmmmm


    gaming... 5%

    photo editing (photoshop, aperture) 10%

    video editing (imovie, encoding) 5%

    watching HD movies 20%

    rest of the time... web, office, etc



    too bad, HDD is only 500 Gb on the entry model
     
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    The base model should be fine then. You can always add external storage which is a lot cheaper. Now that there is Thunderbolt, external storage can be insanely fast too.
     
  5. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i'm still using FW800 at the moment

    but i'm also considering the higher end model because it has an empty space to put a SSD
     

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