looking to buy an imac...but what spec?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mr.Iqbal, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Mr.Iqbal macrumors newbie

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    hi all, hope you are all well

    im in abit of a pickle.. im off to uni in sept to do my masters in architcture. i have had a 2008 mbp since, well 2008.. it has served me well and has been a loyal partner. it still works fine and is as good as it was new ( apart from the battery).

    i now wish to upgrade to either a top spec mbp or a top spec imac.

    the portability issue is not a biggie as i plan on keeping my current mpb.

    i will be using the machine for 3d modeling, image rendering and photoshoping.

    im am drawn to the imac as i dont wish to keep a new mbp plugged in constantly for rendering which could take upto a day or more. as i know the battrys are a liitle sh*te and will probs bugger up.

    so the questuions are these:
    could i make do with a low spec system that would happily work as fast as me when modeling and rendering or do i really need somthing powerfull. i can pick up cheap imacs of ebay with great spek for around a 1000 quid as opposed to a spanker from apple for around 2200...

    an insight into the power of these machines will be greatly apricated


    regard n thanks in adavnce
     
  2. mac-ho macrumors member

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    Mmmm, Quid=Pound Sterling=$1.62 US X 1000 = $1662.00 US. Don't be so cheap. Add a few hundred and get the $2000.00 i5.
     
  3. Mr.Iqbal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I was thinking of getting the i7 with 2gb graphics and upgrading the ram myself to 16 gig.

    I'm just thinking if I need all that power and if I can make do with a lower spec model.
     
  4. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    Get the i7, but not the 2GB Graphics. Then again the 2GB graphics is only $100 more, but I highly doubt you would need that much. Mainly because that wuold be more for HD video rendering. But the second gen i7 with a AMD Radeon HD 6970M will make even your college professors jealous of your rendering speeds!
     

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