The choice, new imac 2012 or rMBP 15"

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  1. beerglass007 macrumors 6502

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    So I've waited and waited and finally have the spec for a 21.5" imac 2012

    Seem's the GPU in the 21.5" is the same as the rMBP but with less RAM.

    So should I get the rMBP 15" base model ?

    I love OSX and don't want to windows, period.

    But I do light gaming and looking forward to the new SIM CITY in February next year.

    Currently I have a 2010 iMac i3
     
  2. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    They're completely different products, so you need to factor in whether you need the portability and retina display. The price difference is $900. So answer these questions first. If you dont need either, iMac is the clear choice.
     
  3. beerglass007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I had a MBP before and decided on an iMac because I had an Ipad.

    I'm now liking the rMBP display, after using my ipad 3. I also like the SSD and wouldn't mind the option of sitting in a different room with a full blown desktop replacement ( laptop )

    The iMac is nice with the extra 21.5" screen, but sometime miss the portability.

    How about the difference in GPU between these hey ?

    What do people think ?
     
  4. rmwebs macrumors 68040

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    Just throwing this into the mix for you as its a potential option:

    Neither. Get the air and a nice 3rd party display.
     
  5. beerglass007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The air has loud fans, when I used a 13" 2012 air and loaded a few games it started to make a noise ( fans )

    Also the HD4000 GPU isn't as good is it ?
     
  6. kylera macrumors 65816

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    For everyday computing, it's more than enough. If you're serious about gaming, a Windows box is the way to go, though.
     
  7. cirus macrumors 6502a

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    imac 21.5 inch is going to have problems with only 512 MB vram. I doubt you will see much difference between the 640 and the 650 because of the vram wall.
     
  8. rmwebs macrumors 68040

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    Never really had a loud fan issue on my 2011 air myself. It had the older Intel Hd 3000 GPU and was capable of running Portal 2, GTA SA, Civ 5 and a few other games perfectly fine on an external display (1900x1080 Samsung Syncmaster P2450 via a mini-Displayport => DVI cable).

    The air is pretty underrated. People see the GPU and CPU and think its going to be a slow pile of crap, but its the complete opposite IMO.
     
  9. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

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    I was going to suggest this too. I was waiting for the new iMacs forever. Last summer I finally bought a 2011 15" MB Pro at a steep discount.

    I upgraded to SSD and 16GB RAM for cheap and use an external monitor. Really, 128gb SSD's are very cheap right now, under $100. $69 for 16GB memory. Unreal!

    An Air or older Pro with these upgrades, plus an external monitor is a lot of power you can carry with you when you need to.
     
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Get the iMac.
    It has way better specs and worth the money.
    Paying over 1600USD for a machine without dedicated GPU or quad core is stupid.
    Then just buy a MBA.
     
  11. tommy h macrumors newbie

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    Portability is a beautiful thing, i record with protools any where i want and can mix with headphones any where i want, cant beat it

    MACBOOK PRO 15"
     

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