Real world difference btw. the two 20" iMacs

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  1. jmufellow macrumors regular

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    I've been going back and forth in my mind so much now trying to decide between the 20 inch iMac models. I will be using it to edit video in iMovie, backup DVDs, manage/edit photos, play around in garageband with my electric guitar, and internet. No gaming or using professional apps.

    Which one is right for me? How much of a real world difference will I notice by having a slightly better graphics card and .4 more GHz of cpu power?
     
  2. DemNoir macrumors member

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  3. gamerz macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to kind of jump into your thread, but I am having the same dilemma.

    I will be using the imac for web stuff, a little graphics, imovie, and gaming. I have been told that if you are gaming, the higher of the 20 inch models is the one that you want, but after looking at the Macworld benchmarks, the 2.4 model was only 16fps faster while playing UT4. I'm not sure if that is a graphically intense game, but 70fps is fine for me.

    The games that I will be playing are WoW (raiding, pvp), Age of Empire 3, Warcraft 3. How will those run on the 2.0ghz model?
     
  4. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    If you're playing any game at all, get the 2.4Ghz. You'll never have another chance to get the better GPU.
     
  5. simontarr macrumors 6502

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    Yep, what he said. You will only regret it in 18 months/2 years if you're a gamer and you don't.

    EDIT- Woop! 300th Post!
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Read the 2600xt? thread. Gaming on the mid-range model is great. According to notebookcheck, the 2400XT (actually they use the 2300 but just look at the X1450 for a comparable figure) is far below the 2600XT.
     
  7. vendettabass macrumors 6502a

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    gaming aside, how good is the 2400XT for light iMovie & some Aperture work. Coming from a GMA Macbook, how substantial would the 2400XT feel for me?
     
  8. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    The GPU doesn't have much affect on 2D work such as Aperture.
     
  9. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    Not true actually. Aperture makes use of the GPU quite a bit.
     
  10. vendettabass macrumors 6502a

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    yeah thought so, would the 2400XT be cool for pretty light Aperture stuff? I'm buying in September, and the price difference between the 2.0 and 2.4 can buy me another GB of RAM and .mac
     
  11. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    The 2600XT would be better... but, if it's between that and an extra GB of RAM, then the RAM will probably give you a bigger performance improvement in Aperture.

    If possible, I'd go with the better graphics card/processor for now - and save up for the extra RAM since you can always add that later. (even if you have to wait a few months to get the extra RAM)
     
  12. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Getting a faster CPU is hardly going to help you. Most games don't even utilize multiple cores effectively. The GPU will be the limitation.

    Not to mention, he said he won't be gaming.
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    To be fair, I think he was answering gamerz question, not the OP and was indicating that the main advantage of getting the 2.4GHz model was for the better GPU.
     

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