Planning to buy 21.5 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lifeisepic, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. lifeisepic macrumors 6502

    lifeisepic

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    Looking to buy an iMac. Usage will be internet, iLife, Blizzard games, iTunes.

    This is the spec I'm considering.

    21.5"
    2.9GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB GDDR5

    Not sure I will see any real benefit of i7 or fusion for my usage.

    Any input would be great.
     
  2. BA Baracus macrumors member

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    Or, buy the base 21.5 model and spec fusion drive.

    Price will come out at about the same and I *think* it would perform better than the model you mention.

    2.7 v 2.9 i5 is no great advantage
    640 v 650 graphics card you wouldn't gain any major benefit

    Simples.
     
  3. lifeisepic thread starter macrumors 6502

    lifeisepic

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    I'm not sure I will feel the benefit of fusion for my usage, and would benefit more from faster cpu and gpu for games.
     
  4. kaellar macrumors 6502

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    true for home usage
    looks like 640m from the base iMac has 64-bit memory and performs even a bit worse than 2011 iMacs with 6750m/6770m. so in this particular case u're wrong. the difference will be quite huge.
     
  5. slatyford macrumors newbie

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    I've just taken delivery of the same spec machine and as it's my first iMac so far loving it. Not a heavy user though just web browsing and some office stuff
     
  6. Moccasin macrumors 6502a

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    Consider an upgrade to the RAM on purchase as you can't upgrade that model later and 16GB will future proof the machine for a few years and also make it more valuable if/when you sell it on.
     

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