New iMac setup for University student

Discussion in 'iMac' started by robz0r, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. robz0r macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am starting my degree at uni next year in graphic design. I currently own a 13" mbp but need a work horse for at home that will last me at least 3 years for my degree.

    My budget is roughly AU$3500 and basically have two options as I see it:

    1: 27" iMac i7 w/ 8gb ram upgrade and possible HDD upgrade (this would leave me an odd AU$500 under budget)

    2: 27" iMac i5 w/ 4gb ram + 27" acd (they don't sell the 24" anymore?)

    Is there any other good options that would suit my needs? I want it to be quite powerful for graphic processing but I also want as much screen real estate as possible.


    Thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Well, you can always add an external monitor later on but the CPU will be what it is. I would get the i7 and then save for the 27" or get a 3rd party monitor.
     
  3. robz0r thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is true, however going into university my income will be very scarce until I finish.

    Only 3rd party monitor at 27" and 2560x1440 was the dell U2711 and seems to be nearly as costly, or I may be misinformed.
     
  4. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    Why do you need so much screen space? If you're on a budget then a second smaller display is the way to go.

    The 27" is massive. I doubt you'd need two! (Although that would look pretty...)
     
  5. robz0r thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I want it to look pretty ;)
     
  6. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    Get the i7 27" with 16Gb, SSD, 2Tb and just get used to using Spaces. Sorted.

    My mac eats anything I throw at it!
     
  7. robz0r thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sell me yours for AU$3500 if you like?
     
  8. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    I paid less than that for mine. Although I did the mods myself of course. Depends how handy you are. Only took me an hour.
     

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