iMac 24 replace

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pietrov, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. pietrov macrumors regular

    pietrov

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    Dec 9, 2011
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    Hi guys, my old 24'' core2 extreme imac is getting really old and slow. :(
    So I'm thinking to change it with a new one. ;)
    Note that I actually have a 13'' rMBP i7. :apple:
    I use my 24'' as an always on machine, able to rip dvd/cd heavily downloads and so on.
    I've seen that there are some 21.5'' iMac in refurbished, but I only see machines with a 5400 rpm disk (the standard) and a 27'' iMac in refurbished with a 7200 rpm disk.
    No fusion/ssd machines there, unless I allow an i5 processor.
    Generally the 21 and 27 have 8 Gb RAM.
    Should I prefer an i5 with a fusion drive or an i7 with a normal drive (5400 seems odd to me, and the possibility to replace the drive seems difficult too, according to ifixit)?
    Or should I consider a new and totally configured machine? :confused:
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

    FreakinEurekan

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    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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    For most general use, I would say that Fusion/SSD with a slower processor will run rings around a HDD (any speed) with a faster processor. That would be things like launching apps - editing photos - running Safari - word processing - etc. plus it simply starts up and shuts down faster.

    But, there are exceptions - ripping a DVD for example is much more processor-intensive than disk-intensive. So if your primary use is hands-off lengthy processor-intensive tasks where you're not actually sitting at the machine, then the drive speed probably won't affect you much at all.
     

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