Refurb 27" i5 or new 27" I3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by spib, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. spib macrumors member

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    #1
    Hi,

    I have a fixed budget of about £1400. I was all set to buy a refurb 27" i5 but I'm wondering if I would be better getting one of the new i3 processors instead?

    My usage would be web, photos, music and programming (web and XCode)

    Thanks

    James
     
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  3. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

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    I'm trying to make the same choice. It seems like a toss-up to me. What is faster, 3.2gz i3, or 2.66 i5? I bet in real life it's pretty hard to tell the difference, unless you're encoding video all day. I'd probably get the refurb.
     
  4. spib thread starter macrumors member

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    Does the i5 on the refurb have turbo boost or is it fixed at 2.6?
     
  5. dexthageek macrumors 6502

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    get the refurb!


    Yes! Turbo is up to 3.2Ghz
     
  6. burton212 macrumors newbie

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  7. dexthageek macrumors 6502

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    Yup! I purchased an i7 refurb 3 weeks ago, except for some minor backlight bleed the machine is flawless.
     
  8. spib thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the help guys, I just ordered my refurb i5 which should be with me by Friday :)
     

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