iMac 27": i5 or i7?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iRoel, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. iRoel macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    Hello, my name is Roel (pronounce it as 'rule') and I'm sixteen years old.
    I'm planning to buy an iMac 27" next month, but I'm in a dilemma.

    I want to play some (not too heavy) games, some (not too heavy) video and photo editing. I mean, it's not for professional purposes, but you know, just for some fun.

    My doubt is at the difference in price. The iMac i7 costs €180,- more than the i5. €180,- Is no joke at the age of sixteen. I get €4,- per hour, so it's pretty expensive.
    But, what if the i7 processor will last longer? Or will it be overkill for me?

    And to give you guys an impression of the leap I'm going to make, this is my current laptop (unfortunately, it's a PC)
    Processor : Intel Core Duo - T2330
    Speed : 1600 MHz
    Tablet-pc : false
    Intern memory : 3072 MB DDR2
    Hard Disk : 250 GB (4200 RPM)
    Screen : 15.4 inch WXGA TFT Breedbeeld
    Resolutions : 1280 x 800 pixels
    Graphics Card : SiS Mirage 3
    Video memory : 256 MB Shared
    Probably my new setup
    2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM
    27" IPS

    I don't know, please help me..
  2. BurningJah macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2010
    I think an I5 will suffice for you! But if you really want an i7 than go for it! no one can stop you!
    I know 180 euro is alot! I had to work 2 days for that money!
    so buy yourself a i5 you can save the money and buy something else that you want!
  3. Dont42Panic macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    Jeffersonville, IN
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Go with the i5. It really isn't that big of a bump, and that small of a difference won't make it last any longer. You could probably even make the dual core i5 work if you wanted to save even a bit more.

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