new i3 or last year i7 quad refurb ??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Evargo, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Evargo macrumors newbie

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    Hi - I am just about to buy a new Mac and these are both at the same price - which one should I go for?

    The first is the new 27 inch iMac which has just been released with a i3 3.2ghz processor.

    The second is a 27 inch refurb from last year which has a i7 quad core 2.8ghz.

    Now they both have a 1tb hard drive, seem to have a similar video card and 4 gb of ram.

    Do they look any different visually, are the new iMacs better quality graphics and visuals?

    I am not sure which one to go for however I am mainly after great graphics and future proof setup.

    Which one would you recommend?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...the new i3 model is still a dual core CPU, the refurb i7 quad = real 4 core CPU... it depends on the programs you use if you need the extra two physical cores...
     
  3. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely the i7. It will perform better with anything you throw at it.
     
  4. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Go for the i7. Refurbs often have better QC compared to retail models.
     

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