URGENT! Purchase advice (iMAC)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AppleCandidate, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. AppleCandidate macrumors member

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    I'm planning to buy an iMac today to run Photoshop and Flash CS3, a couple of email programs, and run Vista through parallels - all at the same time.

    In order to get a really smooth experience using it, should I get the 2.4 or 2.8 and should i go for a faster processor or a slower processor but with more memory?
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Slower and more memory. However you can save a lot of money gonig down the third party RAM route so perhaps this saving can mean you can get both. Worth looking in to.
     
  3. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    More RAM, no question at all, especially for those apps. The tangible difference between 2.4GHz and 2.8GHz is negligible. More RAM will make a huge difference.
     
  4. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Slower CPU more memory every time.

    Or just get the better cpu and upgrade the memory for cheap on your own.

    Edit: It's against Forum Rules to post the exact same post in multiple threads/forums...
     
  5. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

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    Slower processor but with more memory – use a 2.4 for design with loads of ram – works perfect.
     
  6. AppleCandidate thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys, I think i''ll be the 2.4 then - what kind of RAM is reputable besides the Apple ram?
     
  7. Nugget macrumors 65816

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  9. andrewheard macrumors regular

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    Crucial is the brand. OWC, Corsair, Kingston and many others are good too.
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    More important than the brand is to buy from a reputable dealer that guarantees compatibility with you machine.
     
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Exactly. I got mine from Patriot and it's worked great with my 12" PB.
     
  12. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Definitely slower processor and more ram. You can never have too much ram .. :)

    I have used Crucial ram for quite a few years and never experienced any difficulties ... highly recommended :cool:
     
  13. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not a conformist. Get that 2.8ghz with the 512meg ram option!!! :D
     

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