iMac buying help... 2.7 or 3.1?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Orlandoech, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

    Orlandoech

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    #1
    Sorry for this annoying thread.

    I'm looking to buy an iMac BTO and sell my MBP in my signature but I cannot decide on which setup. I DO NOT play games, I do every day tasks and HEAVY photoshop with large PSDs and RAWs. Handbrake to rip movies, email, web, Adobe Flash and Premier here and there. Some web development as well sometimes.


    I was looking to do a 256GB SSD + 1TB setup but not sure of which CPU. Any advice on which setup?

    2.7GHz Intel Core i5
    2560 x 1440 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive [Add $540.00]
    ATI Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB

    or

    3.1GHz Intel Core i5
    2560 x 1440 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive [Add $540.00]
    ATI Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

    alust2013

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    Either one would be more than enough for any photoshop work.
     
  3. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

    Orlandoech

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    #3
    Is the 3.1 worth the extra $ for the GPU and slight CPU increase?
     
  4. 88 King macrumors 6502

    88 King

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    If you are not going to play games, I'd suggest choose the 6770M GPU. Last I checked, Photoshop is not going to take any advantages the faster 6970M GPU offers.

    Also the slight increase in CPU clock frequency not going to have major affects on the tasks you listed.
     

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