Retina iMac for uni

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gadgetgirl85, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

    gadgetgirl85

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    I am wanting to purchase a Retina imac for when I return to uni in January. I will be using it to research, SPSS (stats program), office, surfing the net etc. I might put windows and bootcamp on it so I can play a few games like the Sims 4 as well. I won't be doing any photography/video editing on it. What specs would you recommend? I definitely want to keep it for at least 2-3 years.
     
  2. Kritzmire macrumors member

    Kritzmire

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    i7 and 295x are a must in my opinion
    when putting this amount of money into something you can keep for 4+ years i cant think of any reason not to
    apple ram is way overpriced just upgrade that on your own
     
  3. edjrwinnt macrumors member

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    For your usage the base iMac retina will be fine for at least 2-3 years. I upgraded with the i7 but kept the video card standard and everything works great for me. I use many applications at once, none of them very graphics intensive and I'm very happy with it.

    With mission control there is some lag with the base video card but I think that is more of a software issue in OSX 10.10. Even some people with 295x cards have reported the same issue. My i5 iMac late 2009 with the base video card still works fine for my needs actually.

    I was even surprised that I was able to hookup a Dell 4K LCD and an Asus 1920 x 1200 LCD to the thunderbolt ports with just the 290x video card.
     

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