iMac 27 Core 2 Duo Refurb ($1269) or iMac 27 i3 ($1439)

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  1. stucktrader macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to figure out which iMac would be most practical for my needs.

    Outside of the usual word processing and the web i plan to use this machine for the following:

    Occasional iMovie
    Frequent iPhoto
    Occasional Illustrator alternative drawings
    Netflix viewing
    Possible HDTV watching (eyeTV)

    would the Core2D be adequate? or i3? for basically $170 difference... it gets complicated when $260 is the difference between a 3.06 GHz CD2 and a 2.66 GHz i5 non-turbo( and non-hyperthreading?)

    It has also been brought to my attention that a new 27" display is $999, which means if i buy the $1270 CD2... i can just use it as a monitor with a future Mac with more power.

    Any thoughts out there?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    The C2D will suffice your needs more than adequately.
     
  3. nOw2 macrumors regular

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    For your usage you're probably not going to notice the difference, even down to an older 2.0GHz 2007 iMac (I know I don't).

    However it's up to you to look at the performance difference and see if it's worth the money. The i3 does have quite a jump up from the C2D.

    http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/mac-benchmarks/
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    C2D is sufficient for your need but for 260$, the i5 should be worth it. It's nearly twice as fast plus you get a better GPU. Makes it more "future-proof"
     
  5. stucktrader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your input

    Well, i guess i am getting the C2D 27" imac... my reasoning is that there really is no such thing as future-proofing if i am thinking >3 years.

    i am more concerned with future proofing the monitor... i should be able to add a mini to this monitor in time that will overtake the current i3.

    The extra $ will go to buying a iPod that my wife's been asking for... now those refurbs are A LOT easier to figure out what to buy:)

    words such as: "unnoticeable" "adequate" "satisfactory" from this and other threads have been helpful...

    :)
     

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