Refurb iMac i5 vs i7

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hl450, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. hl450 macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    i5 quad core is at $1529

    i7 quad core is at $1699

    I definitely have decided to get a refurb 27inch iMac. but can't seem to decide between the two. Any suggestions?

    I mostly do programming and very minimal graphical works(mostly for drawing figures for research papers) and obviously.. emails, web and minimal photo/video editing(personal).

    If i do get i5, would it last about 4 years without causing frustration over speed and performance?

  2. JohnRN macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2010
    Atlanta, GA

    I myself just bought the refurb i7 yesterday, it's supposed to get here today (eagerly awaiting the FedEx lady). I say spend the extra 100 something get the i7, slightly faster core speed, plus has the hyperthreading, which while now there are not a ton of programs that can utilize it there will be as more programs are written to utilize multiple cores, etc.
  3. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    I'm planning to get the i7

    For the sake of $170, you get a slightly faster clock speed, hugger levels of being future proof, largely as you get hyperthreading which gives you 4 virtual cores in addition to 4 real cores. It won't give you 2x power, but it definitely gives you some extra power, largely shown by a 2000+ increase in geek bench score.

    I myself however am contemplating waiting for the next release to see whist they come up with. And if they don't entise me, then I'll get the new refurb.
  4. alph45 macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2010
    this has been covered ad nauseam. i7 delivers better performance under very specific conditions such as compressing / outputting video, and even then you need to be using a codec that is HT aware. Rest of the time it's raw clock speed. Of course, we don't know what will take advantage of HT in the future.
  5. hl450 thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    Although, I dont' think i need i7.. iam leaning towards it after your posts... hmm
  6. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    even if you aren't using one app that utilizes the cores, if you like to multitask, the i7 will be the best cpu you can get.
  7. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Based on the advice I found while scanning other threads and by starting my own, I went with the 27" i7 refurb. Price is too good to pass up, and this computer will meet all of my needs easily for some time to come.
  8. hl450 thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    I went ahead with i7 as well.. I guess I will enjoy it. already using 27inch base model(mid 2009) at work... :)
  9. BreadMaster macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010

    Everyone is saying i7!!!! But I don't have the money!!!

    I'm in the same boat as you - (Here's my own thread)

    What to do!!?!

    I don't have a job (well, full time) - I don't have a credit card, I'm in school, so the purchase will have to go through my mom (she's cool with it, as long as I pay her up front). I have $1490, and I won't be getting any money until December (Christmas). I can squeeze up to the i5, but I feel the i7 is pushing it. An extra $210 + tax is out of my reach, and I don't have anything else to sell (I'm craigslisting my MBP, 22' Monitor, and Magic Mouse as it is to get to where I am now)
  10. JoelMarcey macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    Northern California
    No worries on the i5. I have one and love it. You will do just fine with it. When you got some money down the line, upgrade the RAM. You will have a smooth operating machine.

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