New iMac vs Previous iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by powtail, May 3, 2011.

  1. powtail macrumors newbie

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    Previous (top of line) iMac $1699
    http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-iMac/product~dpno~8183585~pdp.gcbafci

    New (mid-line) iMac $1649
    http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-iMac/product~dpno~8535499~pdp.gfgcadg

    This will be my first mac, need some help here. I have no need for thunderbolt, so that is really not a concern.

    Which one is the best choice? Specs look so similar, it is tempting to go for the older model.
    I guess it comes down to what is better, right? ATI 5750 1GB vs ATI 6770 512MB and the new i5 2.7ghz vs older i5 2.8ghz

    Also, Facetime is possible with either model correct? seems like just software update.
     
  2. omyard macrumors regular

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    I'm also curious about the difference in graphics card performance between the two you posted. Hopefully someone can chime in...
     
  3. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    The processor is better, but you really won't notice that speed increase unless you use very processor intensive applications.

    The video card in the old iMac is actually a 5850m (I think), so it will perform better than the 6770m (which is almost equivalent to the last generation mid-line imac's 5730m).
     
  4. powtail thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I will pull the trigger for the old one.
    Something just feels wrong but the price seems right.
     
  5. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    That's what I would do. It might feel weird buying "old" stuff but technically it's just as good as the new stuff :D
     
  6. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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    Go for the new one. Sandy bridge, thunderbolt.
     
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