iMac 21.5" This or that?

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  1. FishBowl macrumors newbie

    FishBowl

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    #1
    Hi guys! My first post on MacRumors and my first iMac purchase! All replies and advice are greatly appreciated.

    I'm currently bummed on which machine I should purchase. I was planning to get a mini mac initially, but settled on iMac instead.

    21.5" 2.5GHz SGD$1,648.00
    2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    500GB hard drive1
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB


    VS


    21.5-inch: 2.7GHz SGD$2,048.00
    2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 - Upgrade it to 2.8Ghz Quad Core i7?
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    1TB hard drive1
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB

    Notice the price is in SGD. Hmm... I'm hoping to upgrade the memory to 8GB at my local IT show.

    Not too sure if I should to 2.8Ghz i7? If I were to get that upgrade it will cost an additional SGD$800 from the base of 21.5" 2.5GHz.

    I'm mainly using this machine for photoshop, audio editting and light gaming. Hmmm...
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    How much audio editing and how heavy? Logic can take advantage of extra CPU power but it may not be worth it unless you do it professionally. The base should be plenty in any case.
     
  3. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    The second offers better processing and graphical powers which would really speed up anything you do on photoshop/audio/gaming. So it would be a great investment since you would actually benefit from them. Later you can always install an SSD or go up to 16GB RAM and expand that suckers life to the very end!

    whats SGD?
     
  4. butterfly0fdoom macrumors 6502a

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    Extra power helps for audio engineering and photoshop, but the base iMac is plenty sufficient already. I haven't run into any issues with Logic so far.

    Singapore Dollar
     
  5. zarathu macrumors regular

    zarathu

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    I have the first one. Photoshop is a cpu intensive program. But I'm not sure how core aware PS is. I doubt whether you really need the second, but once you put in another 12 gb ram, you would be amazed what you can do with it. I don't run Lion.... and won't until I either need it, or it gets up to 10.7.4 or .5.

    The difference between the 2.5 and the 2.7 is not that much.
     
  6. D4F Guest

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    I would stay with option #1, add all the ram you can, external HD and you're good to go with $$ in your pocket.
     
  7. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome to the MacRumors forums! I'd go for this choice.

    21.5" 2.5GHz SGD$1,648.00
    2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    500GB hard drive1
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB
     

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