Radeon HD4670 or Radeon HD4850

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Quad 2.5 G5 =), Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Quad 2.5 G5 =) macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2009
    I have an interesting..question. I feel it's time for an upgrade from my PowerMacs, and am considering an iMac, but the limit is only $1,699, as far as the cost of the comp goes. I see an i5 27" refurb, or a C2D one, brand new.
    Ideas, suggestions, and if I get a C2D, I really don't know whether the HD4670 or the HD4850 is a good idea, how much more powerful is the '48, than the '46?
  2. Zortrium macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    If you do plan on upgrading the C2D to the 4850, I think you might as well just go for the quad, since it's not very much extra money after the GPU upgrade. In any case, the 4850 is significantly better than the 4670, but unless you're gaming the difference will probably have effectively no impact on you. The 4670 is perfectly sufficient for anything that isn't explicitly GPU-intensive. So basically, my recommendation is either the C2D with the 4670 to save money or the i5 which comes with the better GPU anyways.
  3. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    I'm not a gamer and have the 3.06 C2D and Radeon 4670. Everything I do is lightning fast
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Its not just about the video card.

    but the refurb i5 with the 4850 is where I would go.
  5. Juno364 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2010
    Agreed. I just got a refurb i5 and it is perfect.
  6. Quad 2.5 G5 =) thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2009
    I think I'll go that route then, but my MBP with the 8600M GT had a graphics failure, and this is the 3rd time..so is it a new MBP? I think I'd be happy with a MBP/iMac combo, as opposed to all these various macs that I have currently.

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