imac 3.06 worth the extra $400?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by demarcopbl, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. demarcopbl macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    after some deliberation, i've decided an Imac is the way to go, for me. Just wondered what the general concensus was. Is the 3.06 worth the extra money over the 2.93 model? Will I notice significant differences in the speed/overall workflow with the 3.06, or is it just bragging rights? Is the upgraded graphics card signifcantly better? what differences would I notice?


  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Generally it's not "worth" it, but since you haven't told us anything about what you use your computer for we can't really say anything more than that. For email, internet, music it won't make any difference.
  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I would go with the 2.93 and spend $200 for the ATI 4850 graphics card. The CPU clock speed differences are minor. In a year or two, you could upgrade the RAM to 8 GB for probably $200 or so; adding RAM down the road will probably add two years to the iMac's useful life.

    On the other hand, at the refurbished section already has the 2.93 for $250 off if you don't want the ATI 4850 graphics - $1549 is a great price for that iMac.

    Best wishes whichever you go with.
  4. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    I agree with Scottsdale, go with the 2.93 w/ 4850.

    The 3.06 will bring a very minor performance boost, only noticeable when doing processor intensive tasks. It may only be a bit better in terms of resale value, but won't be noticeable day-to-day.
  5. demarcopbl thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    thanks for the response. Im using it for 3D. Im learning rigging/skinning/texturing. Im very much a beginner, so it'll be mostly light stuff. Ill probably just have maya and zbrush on it, possibly photoshop and illustrator and a source files folder, but other than that, nothing else, including the bundled programs.

    Im probably better off getting the better graphics card though?
  6. XLR8 macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2009
    It took me a few weeks to make a decision between the 3.06 with the 130 or the 2.93 with the 120. The odd thing is that I an actually a Windows .NET software developer. However, I'm an old Mac head too. :D

    Anyway, in the end I decided that I was getting two computers in 1 and I might as well go for the most hardware I could get. I passed on the 4850 because I didn't feel like dealing with the issues and I don't play games anyway.

    I probably bought more than I needed but I think I have some hardware that should last for a while.

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