Need help deciding between iMac models please!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DustyJoe, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. DustyJoe macrumors newbie

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    I've always had a PC and am making the switch to apple, I've been sucked in and i'm ready to pull the trigger..

    My current pc setup is a AMD Phenom 3.0GHZ, 8GB DDR3 with a 512MB Raedon video card..

    $2349 + tax - New from apple whenever they are available.
    Newest Late 2012
    27" iMac - 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 (I7-3770)
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5

    $2300 + no tax - used from someone who bought it last month.. (I talked him down from $2500, may be able to go a little more)
    Previous 2012 Model
    27" iMac - 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 (I7-2600)
    12GB 1333MHZ DDR3 SDRAM
    Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5

    Or I found
    $1400 + tax - used from local electronics store
    Mid 2010 Model
    27" iMac - 2.93GH Quad-core Intel i7 (I7-870)
    4GB 1333MHZ DDR3 SDRAM
    Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5


    I like the fact that the older two models still have an optical drive but I have a few questions please!

    1. Will I really notice a different between the i7 processor models? (3770,2600 and 870)

    2. I love the idea of a 2GB video card because I've never had anything that big, will the 2010 model I found locally with the 1GB video card still be pretty good? (I plan on upgrading the ram as well)

    Any other comments?


    I do alot of web design and work in adobe fireworks and illustrator..
    Occasionally I will play a graphics intensive game like world of warcraft but mostly web design and graphic design is what I do on the side.. I also occasionally dabble in video editing..


    Which one of these 3 would you chose?
     
  2. Zorch macrumors newbie

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    I have had the 27 in iMac for about a week. I would go for the newest model because of a couple of things:

    1. Mountain Lion - nice upgrade for Snow Leopard for me.
    2. Onboard RAM. I have 16GB because I will be using Fusion to run some Windows apps because I do DB work. I am not sure what the max is for the earlier models but this baby will go to 32GB.
    3. Fusion Drive: I like it. I have 3 TB fusion drive and it is fast.
    4. The screen resolution is higher than earlier models and it is nice!

    Hope this help!
     
  3. DustyJoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply!

    Is there a big difference in screen between the new late 2012 model and previous model? I remember reading that the new models had a matte finish and not as glossy..

    Was the display improved?
     
  4. sounddesigner macrumors regular

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    I would always go new because you get the warranty and it will last longer than the old one only suggest used if u cant afford new expesially since u can just get an optical drive from amazon or someplace
     

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