iMac for HTPC - Core2Duo vs QuadCore

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 0sync0, May 26, 2010.

  1. 0sync0 macrumors regular

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    My sister is getting an iMac that will be used as both a regular computer and as a HTPC by hooking up an LCD tv.

    She does not run any heavy duty programs. Would there be any advantage in her getting a QuadCore?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Maybe not now but for 300$ more you can get almost as twice as fast computer which will also make the resale value noticeably better and you never know what future brings. I think it's worth it, even though even C2D might be too powerful for her
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    If she does any DVD encoding using something like Handbrake, then the quad-core will be most advantageous. Really, for the small price diff its a no-brainer.
     
  4. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    Get the quad, for a small extra price it's far more future proof, has better resale value and as previously said software like Handbrake and Toast will scream on it as they use every core available.
     

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