Which iMac is right for me?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Akack, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Akack, Sep 12, 2011
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    Akack macrumors 6502a

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    Need some advice from experts.

    Some backround info:

    1) in Texas so I don't have to pay tax if I buy from MacMall or Amazon
    2) only surf internet, you tube and very light gaming. No photo editing or programming involved, so extremely light computer user. I'm not a heavy gamer by any stretch but currently dabble in some Team Fortress 2.

    3) I need a desktop but I don't want a Mac Mini nor want a PC since I want to stay in Mac OS.



    So....which better suits my purposes, I may get back into some moderate gaming in the future:

    1) new 2011 base 21.5 (i5, AMD 6750M) from Amazon ~ $ 1,125 (would the graphics/processor be adequate for light gaming and possible moderate gaming in future??)

    2) refurb 2011 21.5 from Apple (i5, AMD 6770M) ~ $1,373

    3) "new" closeout 2010 27 (i3 3.2 ghz, ATI 5670) from macmall ~ $1,350

    4) "new" closeout 2010 27 (i5 2.8ghz, ATI 5750) from macmall ~ $1,435

    Spent some time with the 21 vs 27 in the Apple store and think the 21 may be too small but 27 too big. If I go with the 21 I will buy an external monitor (probably the LG 23" IPS for ~ $250, thus closing in on the cost of a base 27" from macmall).

    All are within my budget but obviously the less I spend the better !!
    Thanks in advance or if you have any other suggestions.
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    If you think a 21 will be too small, a 27 would probably suit you better. Any 23" monitor you buy will have the same resolution as the 21" iMac. The 27" may take a couple days to get used to , but it really is nice.
     
  4. Akack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Want to stick with i3 or i5 processors.

    I know there won't be any difference between option 3 or 4 for simple web browsing but how about for gaming?
     
  5. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go for option 4. That iMac should be great for everyday use and moderate gaming.
     

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