Trouble deciding..

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mtx, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. mtx macrumors newbie

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    Good day,

    I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a 27' Imac. However, I am having a hard time deciding which one I should buy.

    I have been using my macbook for almost 3 years with no problem at all. Compared to all the pc desktop and laptop I used to have, the macbook has been incredible. My daily usage are basically web browsing, streaming and very light usage of Aperture 2 and some social networking (E.g. skype). I also have an ipad and an iphone. Since I have my ipad, the macbook has been somehow shelved. (my plan is to replace my macbook for an air very soon)

    So based on what I used, I figure that the i3 is good enough for me. (I will be adding RAM with after market one) However since I want this to last me for a while, I thinking of getting the i5. (i7 would be to much for me)

    As I want to make a wise decision (if that does exist with technology..) what would you recommend. Here are the 2 option:

    1.
    27' i3
    1G graphic card
    (8 or 16G of RAM)

    2.
    27 i5
    512mb graphic card
    (8 or 16G of RAM)

    Other software to be added:
    MS office
    Iwork
    Photoshop

    Also, should I buy AppleCare? If I go with the experience I have with my Macbook, I shouldn't. (that thing just don't want to die so I can get a replacement..) However the Imac will be in a common area where my kids and any guest will be able to use it. Should I have that piece of mind?


    Thanks
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

    ECUpirate44

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    The i3 would be fine.
    I always buy Apple Care. It's really a great price for an extra 2 years.
    As far as ram goes, you would be fine with 8. You can always upgrade down the road.
     
  3. mtx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about the graphic card? Does the extra 512mb worth it if I don't play game?
     
  4. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

    ECUpirate44

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    Nope, not really.
     

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