Which iMac is right for me?

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

  1. Akack, Sep 12, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011

    Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
    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


    Jun 11, 2011
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    Have you considered a refurb 24" ?
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  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    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

    Mar 5, 2011
    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

    Mar 17, 2011
    I'd go for option 4. That iMac should be great for everyday use and moderate gaming.

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