Old 20" 2.4ghz vs New 20" 2.4ghz ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BilboBaggins, May 6, 2008.

  1. BilboBaggins macrumors newbie

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    Which iMac would be the better buy if both can be had for the almost the same price?

    I intend to use it for web browsing, MS word/excel, iphoto, itunes, watching HD movies, and a little gaming (sims 2).

    For my intended use, which is the better buy? The older model, which has a slightly better GPU and larger HD; or the newer model, which has a lesser HD and GPU but faster FSB and memory.
     
  2. monty77 macrumors 6502a

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    I had exactly this dilemma today !

    ..in the end I went for the 'old' 2.4GHz model as the 2600 Pro 256Mb card is quite a bit better than the 2400 128Mb in the 'new' iMacs and the extra storage is nice too - I figured the clock speed would make little difference between the two.

    Cheers,
    Adam
     
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    A fairly lengthy discussion of this issue occurred in this thread.
     
  4. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    At Amazon, the old 20" 2.4 Ghz is $1218 after rebate and the new 20" is $1144 after rebate.

    I opted for the old 20" because the Macworld review here shows a significant difference in video card performance. The extra hard drive space didn't matter too much to me. It was mostly the graphics card that swayed me.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/133253/2008/05/imac_benchmarks.html
     
  5. BilboBaggins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool thanks for the replies. It seems that that the supposed increased speed is pretty much negligible. I guess ill be ordering the older 20" imac unless someone has a good reason to opt for the newer 20" (I don't care too much about resale value).
     

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