iMac i5 with 12GB RAM or iMac i7 with 4GB RAM?

JoelMarcey

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Someone asked me, and I wasn't quite sure how to answer -- other than, it depends --- which would be a better overall computer and have more resale value 3 or 4 years down the line:

An iMac i5 2.8Ghz with 12 GB RAM or an iMac i7 2.93Ghz with 4 GB RAM?

Nevermind the fact that I said, well just upgrade the i7 to 12GB and the answer to your question is easy :rolleyes: , but he just wanted to know based on the above with everything else being equal.

I said my i5 2.66Gz with 12GB RAM runs pretty nicely, although I have done zero gaming or video work yet.

Any concrete answer here, other than it depends?
 

dexthageek

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Someone asked me, and I wasn't quite sure how to answer -- other than, it depends --- which would be a better overall computer and have more resale value 3 or 4 years down the line:

An iMac i5 2.8Ghz with 12 GB RAM or an iMac i7 2.93Ghz with 4 GB RAM?

Nevermind the fact that I said, well just upgrade the i7 to 12GB and the answer to your question is easy :rolleyes: , but he just wanted to know based on the above with everything else being equal.

I said my i5 2.66Gz with 12GB RAM runs pretty nicely, although I have done zero gaming or video work yet.

Any concrete answer here, other than it depends?
The i7 will last longer then the i5 due to Hyperthreading effectively offering 8 threads. I say get the i7 and then down the road upgrade the RAM and it will seem like a new machine! :D
 

JoelMarcey

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Jun 9, 2009
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Northern California
The i7 will last longer then the i5 due to Hyperthreading effectively offering 8 threads. I say get the i7 and then down the road upgrade the RAM and it will seem like a new machine! :D
I guess the assumption is that the two systems would be equivalent in price after buying the memory and that he won't have any extra money to upgrade later on :D
 

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