imacs...which to buy?

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  1. jasvncnt macrumors 6502

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    Just so you know im not a Mac guy. Im a PC (sorry). But my GF uses Mac at home and work, always has. She wants to get a new iMac so we went to Apple to check it out. She doesn't know which way to go so i figured id ask you all here for your opinion. She uses it for graphic design, that's her job. I cant really help her much here since i know nothing about Mac. Shes pretty sure she wants to go with the 27" but that's it. She doesn't know if she should get the 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 or the 2.8GHz Intel Core i5. Probably sounds like a silly question but I have read some things on line and some have said the is is actually better. So i have no idea. Your thoughts?
     
  2. BugBytes macrumors regular

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    It would depend on whether money is an object or not. If money is not an object, than the quad-core 27-inch would be the best one to get since it has a faster processor for processor-intensive graphics programs and a large screen to see it all crystal clear. If money is an object, than I would say the 27-inch 3.2 Ghz non-quadcore iMac since it still has a huge screen, a fast processor (although not as fast as the quad-core), and is $300 cheaper. If you really need to go on the cheap I would pick the 21/5 inch 3.2 Ghz model, which saves you and extra $200, and if you really don't have money to spend, get the cheapest model.

    Hope I helped you! If I did, then that's a good start for me, since this is my first post! :)
     
  3. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    Id get the i5 as it will last her a lot longer than any Dual Core (Especially as Adobe Apps are slowly becoming multi-core aware and will easily use the Quad Cores power) - Its up to you is the extra expense now worth probably an extra 2+ years of use down the line? (For just about everyone the answer is yes, itll probably take its useable life from 5 years to about 7 or more).
     
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    The i5 model iMac also gives you a 1 GB video card vs 512 Mb. If money is no object why not go with the 2.93 quad core i7 and another 4 gigs of RAM?
     
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    Never. Ever. Buy RAM from Apple, its guaranteed to be about 200% the cost of RAM from anywhere else.
     
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    Even if money is no object theres no point giving it to apple - getting 3rd party RAM and giving the remainder to charity is a much much better idea ;)
     
  8. jasvncnt thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Morning all. I just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to answer my question. Lots of great info here and i greatly appreciate it! And Congrats BugBytes on your first post! Think now I'm gonna tell her to go with the 27" i5. Also thanks for the info on not letting Apple to the RAM upgrade. For some reason i didn't even think of it. Think she should be good with the 4G for now. The imac she has now i believe only has 2G.
     
  9. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    Agreed!
     
  10. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    If you haven't ordered or purchased the iMac yet, check the online Apple Store's refurbished section (link at bottom left of the store page). All refurbished items come with the full 1-year warranty & the option to buy AppleCare.
     
  11. jasvncnt thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ^^ Thanks! Ill check that out. Didn't even realize that.
     
  12. matthewprince macrumors newbie

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    Ive had both the i3 and the i5 27" iMac and the i5 is a hell of a lot faster when doing video.

    I currently have the i5 and am glad i paid the extra.

    Matt
     
  13. jasvncnt thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Matt. Think that's the way I'm gonna tell her to go.
     
  14. jasvncnt thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When does Apple do the "refresh" thing on the computers? Im assuming they do something like that...
     
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    No one knows exactly when Apple will update the iMac line, but according to the Buyer's Guide they should be updated in the next month or two.
     
  16. jasvncnt thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, so now maybe i should wait a month or so and see. But then I read Intel had issues with chips. Not sure if that has anything to do with anything.
     

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