Imac 27 [ I7 or I5 ] :apple:

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Doxis, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Doxis macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2011
    So thinking of buying an imac 27.
    But i really don't know if i should pick I7 or I5 ?! :(

    I will make movies, play some steam games, music make and photoshop...

    Think i will upgrade with 2*4 Gb ram so I get totall 12 Gb ram but

    I5 vs I7 :confused:

    I have no idea, I7 is better i know but I5 is much cheaper!

    So I need some help! :apple:
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Do you plan on doing a lot of movies or really long and/or complex ones? If so, the i7 will speed up that process a lot for you.
  3. Doxis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2011
    Mosly Game montages in the beginning with much effects ( project size is around 2-3 GB )

    Then after some months so will I start doing "Fps" In after effects (Like freddiew on youtube and some other channels)
  4. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Check out this page.

    3.4GHz i7 = 12,575

    3.1GHz i5 = 9,192

    2.7GHz i5 = 8,671
  5. pizzafootbal macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2010
    If this is a long term machine, go i7. I got the 3.4 i7 and it's pretty dang fast
  6. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    I had the same delema (I just bought a 27" after my Dell crashed and burned not long ago). I finally decided that, even though the i7 would be faster for some tasks, I could not justify the price difference. I ended up with the i5 entry level and for me it was the right choice. So far I've never felt wanting for more power. Had it been only a couple hundred more (from the entry level i5) I might have done it, but it's nearly $500 more for the entry level i7 versus the entry level i5. A little extra speed for a few tasks where I might see that difference wasn't worth $500. I did upgrade to 12MB after market (for about $50). I guess it really boils down to how badly you "need" a little extra speed on those apps where you might see a difference. For most day-to-day tasks you won't see a difference.
  7. colonelbutt macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2007
    the i5 is very powerful. its a sandybridge 2nd generation chip, it really depends where you are coming from

    the main advantage to the i7 is dual threaded which is a 20% advantage for video encoding, for example. but in many apps actually shows no difference

    you can see that tom puts the i5 and the i7 in the same performance bracket:,3052-5.html

    I wouldn't worry too much about the i7. If money is no object then of course get the i7 and 6970m, but most people will not notice a difference

    I have a base model 27" and I am playing counterstrike source fine (from steam) at native resolution
    I am also using adobe lightroom and it runs very fast

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