iMac or base MP?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by frocco, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. frocco macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009

    Is it still a better deal in regards to performance to get a MP over the imac?
    I do video streaming, Black Ops gaming.
  2. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    High-end 27" iMac is better than the baseline MP, IMO. And cheaper.
  3. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    I wouldn't say better.

    Perhaps the iMac is better value for money, considering you get a similar spec'd machine plus a beautiful 27" monitor.

    The iMac doesn't really have any room for expansion though (excluding TB possibilities of course), where as the Mac Pro excels in this department.
  4. Akula971 macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2006
    Perfidious Albion
    The top end IMac gives a very respectable performance, but you can't change much. The MacPro on the other hand gives you the ability to swap disks, change video cards, add in new cards. I've yet to find something that can tax my 8 core 2008 MacPro. I've changed video cards in it already, as the 8800 died.When I bought it I planned on keeping it for 5 years, which will take it to early 2012. Before I got the MacPro I was constantly upgrading a windows based gaming machine. I could argue that the MacPro has replaced the costs of upgrading, but at a higher initial outlay. In my Pro I have a disk for Win XP, Snow Leopard, Storage, and Lion, which isn't used much LOL

    If you are looking for a computer that you won't have to or need to sell to keep up with software demands then the MacPro is a good bet for the long term. If you don't mind selling and buying more often, then an IMac might be best for you. Plus you get a free mirror with the screen.:D
  5. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    The brightness of the screen makes the effect of the glossy screen negligable. It is a problem on the MacBooks however due to the crappy screens.

    Tbh people only have themselves to blame if theres too much light behind the screen anyway. Even with an anti glare screen its annoying to have any bright light on the screen.
  6. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    iMac has weak graphics card for OP's gaming request. 27" screen with that card? lol. Have fun with all the blurry scaling.
  7. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    The iMac does have the whole yellow screen problem, I was at Frys the other day and the big 27 incher had it's screen yellowed.
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    That right there means Mac Pro.

    AMD 5770 will do. AMD 5870 will be better.

    Most important is that you can upgrade the graphics later to play more demanding games in the future.
  9. t0rr3s macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2010
    The only thing I miss from the iMac after getting a Mac Pro was having a spare mirror in the mirror. ;)
  10. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
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    Ok, should I wait for the refresh?
    Not sure how long a wait.

  11. Garamond macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2004
    No one knows for sure.

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