iMac 24" buy question

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  1. WCSG macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, I've been thinking about buying a iMac and considered a close out deal or refurb versus new. I was thinking the 2.8 or 2.6 and 24". Is there a difference between 677 memory and the 800? Are the other differences as well to consider? I have an older mac now, quiksilver and I'm sure it will be a day night difference.

    I will be using it to use imovie, AI and PS graphic programs. Not really for games, I have a Peecee for that.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    -Erik
     
  2. McGiord, Jul 6, 2008
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    For how long are you planning to keep it?
    If you want to keep it for using it with Snow Leopard in the future then you better go with the a refurb fastest one.
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  3. WCSG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm sorry I meant to say 677 vs the 800. Is there a noticeable difference?
     
  4. savvos macrumors regular

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    The FSB is one of the big bottlenecks with the current Intel architecture (which is why Nehalem getting rid of the FSB is such a big thing). That said, there are other bottlenecks. Here are some tests done by Barefeats to give you an idea. The faster FSB does show a slight speed increase:

    http://www.barefeats.com/imp02.html
     
  5. WCSG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for that link. Boy that Mac Pro is fast, almost discouraging me to buy the Imac, but that's all the $$$$ I'm willing to throw on a unit at this point.

    I'm also considering the 3.0Ghz with the faster vid card now. Damn, too much to think about now. I'm sure I'll be happier with a 800 machine. Any word on when the next Gen comes out? Maybe prices will drop a little on the machines now.
     
  6. WCSG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just had another after thought.

    If I buy the 2.8GHz machine is it less expensive down the road to upgrade the graphics card down the road, or should I just buy the 3GHz machine?
     
  7. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    It might be less expensive down the road, but if I could afford the 3.06ghz I'd get that and be done with it.
     
  8. WCSG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I decided to buy a refurb from apple.

    I went with the 3.06GHz with 8800 NVidia Card. I'm excited :)

    Now it's time to pick up a iPhone:D
     
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