what's your'e recommended iMac ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by madboylk, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. madboylk macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2014
    i'm a indie game developer and designer,
    i want to buy imac,
    i have two choices,i5 late 2013(16GB ram,GTX 775M 1GB video card) and i7 late 2011(16GB ram,hd 6970 1gb video card) whats the best imac for my works?
    i'm using adobe collection,unity and maya.

    thank you.
    p.s-sorry for my bad English.
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Skip a machine with the 6970 graphics card, it was only available in the 2011 machine you are considering. Here is why:


    What I would do rather than looking at used machines is buying a refurbished one directly from Apple where you can save hundreds of dollars. They are virtually identical to new, come the same warranty as new and are also eligible for AppleCare, if you can't afford one immediately save a little longer.
  3. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    If you do a lot of video editing, the i7 could be significantly faster due to hyper threading. However the newer GPU in the 2013 also has it's benefits. Though call, but I would go for the 2013 model and try to get one with a fusion drive. Just ordered one new earlier this week for my girlfriend, the 3.4 Ghz, with 775 and fusion drive. I can't wait when it arrives here on Friday and compare it to my 2010 27" i7.
  4. joema2 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2013
    Ditto on that, also the other recommendation to look at Apple factory refurbished products. A 2013 iMac 27 (either i5 or i7) with Fusion Drive and 2GB GTX-775m would be a good choice. There are several available right now: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/imac/27

    I wouldn't get one with a regular HDD. Fusion Drive is much faster and he's likely to see a bigger difference from that vs the i7.
  5. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    get the 2013 model.

    better graphics card. the i5 is probably better than the old i7. better resale value too. better ports. (usb 3 etc.)

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