iMac i7 + iPad: Too much fire power?

antonf

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Apr 19, 2010
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My question: Is this too much for me?

Every little upgrade is only about $200 each item but it starts adding up, Plus I want an iPad. I want this machine for at least 3 years if not 4. I own a macbook so I don't want a MBP. I just need some help deciding if i5 is enough to last, RAM more important than processor or screw it i'll make the money back later.

Options:
iMac i7 + 8GB of RAM = Do it if it will help down the road
iMac i7 + 4GB of RAM = Processor better than RAM?
iMac i5 + 8GB of RAM = RAM Better than processor.

I am thinking i7 with 8gb of RAM, this way I don't have to spring for an upgrade so soon. I don't want to have computer envy in 2 years.
 

alust2013

macrumors 601
Feb 6, 2010
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On the fence
It would be helpful to know what you plan to do with this computer. For my personal uses, I would only get the higher-clocked i3 or dual core i5, probably 21.5". But if you do a lot of processor-heavy stuff, then you may want the quad.
 

antonf

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Apr 19, 2010
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I will use this computer for work/play. I will use it daily as I work from home. I am leaning toward the i7 + 4GB. This way in the future, this computer will stay competitive and I can upgrade the ram if I want.

Normal day-to-day:
Chrome
iTunes
GarageSale (eBay)
Mail Client
Torrent (legal things of course)
Skype
VLC


Near Future:
PhotoShop (more and more)
Counter Strike
Other Games as they come out on steam.
 

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