iMac - processor or GPU upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by modula, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. modula macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2012
    I'm moving to Thailand in a month's time and sadly due to disgusting Thai import duty rules, I am going to have to ditch my lovely Mac Pro and buy a new Mac out there. I can't afford to get another Pro with all the trimmings, so it looks like I'm going to have to go for an iMac. I know there is potentially a refresh coming soon so this may be null and void, but I will HAVE to buy a computer by the end of September, possibly sooner. Looking at the current range, I know I need a 27 inch iMac, and probably the top of the line model (with the AMD 6970M 1GB). I will increase the RAM to 16GB myself (Apple prices are crazy) but my question is this; for graphic design work (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash mainly, possibly a little Blender 3D work) would I be best off upgrading the processor from an i5 3.1 to an i7 3.4 OR the GPU to have 2GB instead of 1? I'm not sure which would be most useful in day to day graphics work. Sorry, long question but some assistance would be brilliant please! If in fact I could go for a lesser machine (with the 6770M w/512MB) that would be great as budget is an issue... Cheers!
  2. msg362 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2012
    Problem in Thailand?

    don't understand you saying you can't bring your MBP to Thailand, you are allowed to bring one personal computer. ( I live here) You don't need to do anything
  3. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    I'd rather keep the MacPro. you should ask for more information regarding Thailand custom law.

    But if you insist, I'll go with i7 upgrade. GPU VRAM is a worthless upgrade, 99% of the time you won't notice it, trust me. I guess that's why VRAM upgrade "only" costs $100.

    But seriously, the same upgrade costs like $20 in desktop GPU. Apple charged you 5 times more for nothing.
  4. modula thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2012
    I would absolutely much rather keep the mac pro and know I could take it, but import duty could be 30% of the value-what with how much it would cost to ship it just makes it too expensive to bother with

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