Video card upgrade OR cpu upgrade on 24" imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chrisprobert, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. chrisprobert macrumors newbie

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    I'm planning on purchasing a 24" iMac within the next few weeks to take advantage of my student discount free ipod deal. My budget allows me to have either:

    a 3.06Ghz chip with an ATI 2600 PRO (256 mb) graphics card
    or
    a 2.8Ghz chip with an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS (512 mb) graphics card.

    I plan on using it for photo and video editing, but I also run some processor intensive tasks which have minimal graphics requirements. I will be using a second monitor, which may tilt the decision towards the 512mb video card option. I would greatly appreciate any advice as to which configuration would better suit me.
     
  2. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    No question - the 2.8Ghz.

    The CPU speed difference is miniscule, whereas the 8800 is a much better GPU (although I understand the OS X drivers for the GeForce aren't quite as developed, so there is more speed to come from it).
     
  3. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I"ll 2nd this!
     
  4. candyman macrumors regular

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    Based on the scenario, I concur with the 2.8GHz model. That card will be much better suited for you.
     
  5. hippo206 macrumors 6502

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  6. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

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    Def the 2.8. The performance difference you will see between cards far outweighs the performance difference of the two processors.
     
  7. ShadowXOR macrumors regular

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  8. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    get the one with the better video card, but you can also go to barefeats and see real benchmarks that directly compare 2 systems.


    www.barefeats.com

    nice informative site with thorough and real life tests
     

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