Which iMac for me?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by James Godfrey, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. James Godfrey macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I am currently deciding which iMac to save up for and buy in the new year... However, I am not sure which of the iMac's on offer will suit my needs.

    I would use it for the following:

    -Typing up documents
    -Editing movies
    -Editing/mixing music
    -Surfing the web (e.g. You Tube, Facebook, odd bingo room/poker room etc)
    -iTunes

    I like the idea of the 27 inch iMac's for the sole reason of the bigger display, but I am not sure which one.

    There currently is the 27 Inch 2.7GHz and the 27 Inch 3.1GHz, will there be much difference between the two and should I just opt for the cheapest of the two?

    Also, is it advisable to get AppleCare?

    Thanks

    James
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    You get more vram for the GPU and you have a slightly faster cpu. I don't edit movies so I cannot answer whether that's worth the increase 300 bucks.

    Personally, I'd get the 2.7Ghz model, mostly because I'll not see that much difference in the performance and I won't really take advantage of the extra vram.
     
  3. James Godfrey thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice, I would like to clarify I will probably never use it for gaming at all.

    As for music editing this will probably be done about once a week, so not that often, and video editing will probably be done about once every 3 months or so. So very rarely.

    I am leaning more towards the 2.7ghz model, but having the beter one (3.1 ghz) is still interesting me, but I am not sure if I will really see any benefits in getting the 3.1ghz model or not and whether or not it will be a waste of £££.

    I would also like to add this is going to be my first ever Mac as I have been a PC user for about 12 years now.

    Any other tips and help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Sounds like the 2.7 is a good fit for you. It still is a seriously powerful computer, so you'll have no issues for what you need it for.

    Applecare certainly isn't a bad idea, but I personally did without it.
     
  5. James Godfrey thread starter macrumors regular

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    Shoudl I just keep the factry specs the same?

    And also, should I get the trackpad and magic mouse or just one or the other? Which is best?

    Thanks
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I prefer a mouse over a trackpad but that decision is really personal preference.
     
  7. James Godfrey thread starter macrumors regular

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  8. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

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    you will be going to ddr3 from ddr2 RAM (with the ability to have more than 4 GB RAM total)
    going to 802.11n from 802.11g wireless
    going to a 4 core L3 cache processor from a 2 core L2 cache processor.
    You will also get a much bigger faster HDD, etc.

    yes, that is quite a big upgrade.
     

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