Looking to upgrade from white iMac/7600GT to new 8800GS version

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Shivetya, May 8, 2008.

  1. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    and the questions I had were.

    Anyone else made this change? I am not so much concerned with the processor speed jump as the video card; yes I game on this machine - usually just WOW under OS X or on the odd occasion some older windows only games on the flip side.

    What I am curious about is, is the performance jump big enough to justify the jump? How long did it take you to adjust to the glossy screen over the matte screen? I am hoping for barefeats to test the two versus each other in the future.

    Also, do the aluminum versions give off a lot of heat?
  2. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    If WoW is your only concern I don't really see how you would benefit from it...

    Seems like you could just wait another upgrade cycle and save the money, since your needs are not really demanding another computer?
  3. Shivetya thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Well I tend to run two to three copies at once :)

    Besides I would like to move all my PC gaming to one machine, meaning being able to play Half Life 2 and similar intensive FPS games. Right now I am maintaining a windows machine mainly as my music is there and it is for games that run dog slow on my iMac
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    It should be about 2-3 times faster. Not worth replacing the machine IMO. I would wait for next year's upgrade.
  5. sfroom macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    I think it depends what your priorities are, and how much you can get for the resale of your white 7600 GT model.

    I did exactly what you're suggesting, or at least the first half so far. I sold my 24" 2.16 w/ 7600 GT to upgrade. I've been holding off on pulling the trigger a) because of the screen issues, which I've seen first hand, and b) to hopefully take advantage of the back-to-school iPod rebate next month.

    In your position, I would upgrade if a) you won't be dissapointed with an inferior screen, or at least you would be willing to trade off an inferior screen for improved graphical performance, and b) if you can sell your White 24" for good money.

    Assuming you've upgraded to 4 GB of ram and that yours is a 2.33 model in good condition with all original packaging you could probably upgrade for a few hundred dollars.

    As to whether you will notice a difference running multiple copies of World of Warcraft at the same time, there is absolutely no doubt you would benefit greatly upgrading to the 8800.
  6. Unfair macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2007
    I'm actually more curious if an 8800 card will work in the white iMac :)
    Thats how I read your title at least.

    In THEORY .. it could work.. Video card replacement is cake in these things, there just needs to be a "pin compatible" card.
  7. Shivetya thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Works for me.
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    2-3 times faster? I seriously doubt it. Maybe if you are running at native resolution with everything maxed. Maybe. At lower settings the difference is going to be far less, and given how good the 7600 was (still is, really) probably not noticeable (I mean, you'll get more fps, but I would imagine the 7600 already gives you enough fps that the eye couldn't perceive more).
  9. Shivetya thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Interesting stats, I still may wait for barefeats to do their testing.

    Why do so many people say that the current 24" panels are worse than the older ones?

    FWIW, my machine is one of the 2.13 C2D, 3gb ram (thats the max), 250gb hdd, and 7600Gt. It works well for simple games (read:wow) but I unloaded windows off of it after seeing that HL:2 and similar just about balked
  10. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    I think the 8800 is about as good a card as we'll see in the imac for some time. Grab it while it's hot :p.
  11. PcBgone macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    Barefeats is out. http://www.barefeats.com/imp01.html scroll all the way down, and it does FPS comparison with the 8800 and your 7600...
  12. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Exactly. Post of the month! Give the man a medal.
  13. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    Mmm... shiny medal...
  14. xxjuicymintxx macrumors regular

    May 2, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    All the hoorah about the new top of the iMac and it's video card make me wish I wasn't so broke.

    haha. awe.
  15. D4F Guest


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth
    Agree 100%

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