New iMac 27" - 3.2GHz model or 3.4?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by barcahawkeyes, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. barcahawkeyes macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2013
    Hi, first post. I'm upgrading from a 2009 MacBook to a new Haswell iMac. I know I'm going with the 27" screen but am unsure whether the $1799 or $1999 model is right for me. I'm a graphic designer and regularly have multiple Adobe CS programs open at the same time (Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc). I also stream video frequently.

    Seems that the only differences between the two models are processor speed and the graphics card. I don't really know anything about either of these so I'm not sure if the upgrade is worth it in my situation. I'm willing to put up another $200 but I don't want to if I'm not going to see significant boosts. Planning on using this computer for a good five years. Thanks for any advice.
  2. Adgeman macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2005
    I'm going to be using my 27" for similar apps. I opted for the 3.4 i5 and the 4gb gfx cards as this seemed like a good compromise between cost and power. I was chatting with a guy at the Apple store today and he said the i7 was a little overkill especially since the Adobe apps aren't coded to get the most out of the i7 processor's hyper-threading.
  3. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    Both are very good machines.

    My opinion is that you should take the 1799$ model and upgrade it with an internal SSD. (256 GB)

    It will be about 1999$ and you will see a clear and very noticeable difference with the "stock" 1999$ option.

    Your apps will open very quickly, and any caching that your Adobe CS app will do will also be way faster.

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