Regrets?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zippyzoom, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. zippyzoom macrumors member

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    For those of you who sprung for the C2D new iMacs, do you regret not going for the i5 or i7 versions after seeing all these benchmarks? I for one am jealous, but my C2D serves her purpose extremely well! :D
     
  2. jmonfire macrumors member

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    No regrets

    I think it depends on what you do with it.
    If you're just web browsing, playing soft-core games, watch movies, do basic photo work etc like me C2D is the right on your bang for buck. C2D with 4G RAM is more than enough for me
    I'm loving it
     
  3. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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    I'm still debating weather I should get the quad core or not lol
     
  4. Fozzybadfeet macrumors 6502

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    I bought my c2d on Tuesday when the news of the quad's beginning to be shipped and I didn't regret my purchase after I walked out of the :apple: store. After reading the threads on this forum and seeing everybody's comments, I personally feel my base 27" fits everything that I need it to do. I know some people may argue that I should "future proof" my iMac and spend a little extra money for the upgrade, but I think I could save money now and in the future when the upgrade IS necessary, I could purchase a new iMac. I am thankful and happy with my iMac. The 27" screen alone attracts me to enjoying this machine every day.
     
  5. stridemat Moderator

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    The C2D is an excellent processor right now, however in two years time its going to be struggling to run modern applications. For that reason if you can afford it I would go with the i5 or i7. (I know I am in the new year)

    C2D imac is not an excellent machine for now though.
     
  6. jmonfire macrumors member

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    its going to struggle in two years time to run apps?
    Wow you really don't know how things work
     
  7. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    2 years time? In an age where software developers are focusing on making their applications and OSes more lightweight but still feature-rich, C2Ds (especially 3.06 and 3.33 GHz models) will be more than capable for many years.
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    Lol?

    Do 2-year-old Macs struggle to run current software? I have two such Macs and they do just fine...
     
  9. stridemat Moderator

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    My two and half year old mac is now starting to struggle to run adobe creative suite, and yes I have upgraded the RAM and replaced the HDD with an SSD. 'Normal' programs such as Safari, Mail etc will work fine as they are not resource intensive.

    They are also designing these lightweight but still feature-rich programs to benefit from more processors which will mean a C2D is not going to run these programs as the program is meant to be run. If Im going to spend near enough £1,000 on a computer I would like to think that it should be 'future proof' (as close as possible anyway)

    What software are you running?
     
  10. eXan macrumors 601

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    Of the more intensive ones - Aperture, Photoshop, Handbrake and games like UT3 and COD4.
     
  11. jgmacrum macrumors member

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    Seeing all of these QC owners posting, I regret taking a couple of weeks to decide between i5 and i7, as well as regret ordering from Amazon :)
     
  12. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    I have a white 24" iMac using the C2D 2.16 and 7600GT. Struggle? With what?

    What I did notice is that for even light gamers the base 27 is more than enough and the upgraded 21.5 is more than a match for the older 24" systems.

    The 27 quads and such a whole new breed.
     
  13. motegi macrumors regular

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    base model MacPro beating breed i might add
     
  14. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

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    Completely satisfied. Would I like a quad-core iMac? Sure. But it's like cars: you purchase what you need at a price you can afford. For me that was the base-line 27". The quad would have been paying purely for speed that I most likely wouldn't need, just want. I was able to make a 1.8ghz single core PC work for 5 years, I'm more than confident this iMac will suffice for the next 5 :)
     
  15. zippyzoom thread starter macrumors member

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    After looking at all these comparisons and tests showing how fast the quad cores are, I am regretting my C2d 27''!! I wish I can pay the extra to get the Quads!! Im SO tempted to sell and get an i5!
     
  16. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    Regret#1- ordering an i5 imac instead of the i7.
    Solution#1- cancel the unshipped i5 and place a new order for an i7

    regret#2- going with the noisy 1 TB hard drive instead of the quiet 2 TB drive
    solution#2- cancel the i7 order and re-order (again).

    I've never done so many cancellations & re-orders before. I am glad that I am getting an i7, but I keep pushing myself back to the end of the line. At some point I might as well just wait for the next revision. ;)
     
  17. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    Really?!?!? I guess it would be a change from the last 20+ years of software developers making their applications over-bloated and lazily programmed, requiring computers to get faster and faster, and bigger amounts of RAM and hard drive space. ;)

    Anyone who wants to see what real programmers can do should look at the software on the miniscule (by today's standards) resources available in the VIC-20, C64 and Apple ][. :)
     
  18. Fozzybadfeet macrumors 6502

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    I too am completely satisfied. I love this base iMac!
     
  19. prosperousyogi macrumors newbie

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    Since I've placed an order for the i5 and could still change it, I wonder why you regret the i5 ... taking all the forum posts together, hyperthreading has been around for years and has never been put to good use; furthermore, the i7 chip is more likely to get the cooling fan started than the i5. Do you regret it because you forego the 5-7% speed gain, or the hope hyperthreading will be used one of these years?

    Your post is the first I've read that the 2 TB HD is the quieter one ... I had ordered the 2TB and so it seems I made the right choice for noise, too.
     
  20. gentleman00 macrumors 6502

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    I have the C2D as well. Unless you are doing heavy photo editing and gaming, you should be fine. I am happy with mine


     

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