Which imac is the better value?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kindablue09, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. kindablue09 macrumors regular

    kindablue09

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    I am in the market for my first imac soon. Originally, I was planning on waiting until the "back to school" ipod promotion, but after taking a look at the refurbs, I am starting to reconsider. I am stuck between the

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo @ $1300
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    and

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo @ $1600
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    I am a med student who will be using my computer for all of MS office, iwork, iphoto, endnote, watching movies, & online tv, and most importantly gaming. I would like to be able to play cod4, swtor (when it comes out :D... eventually), maybe crysis, and any other games that strike my fancy. Something I am looking for is longevity, so I wont have to buy another gaming/media machine for ~3 years.

    Is upgrading to the 3 GHz worth it for my wants? Are the old imacs good enough for what I want to do or should I start looking at the current imacs?
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

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    The 8800GS is the better gaming card. You won't notice the CPU difference.
     
  3. robindahlia789 macrumors regular

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    go with the higher end imac my friend, it is at a good price for a refurb
     
  4. 007bond macrumors 6502a

    007bond

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    actually, when doing final cut the processor makes a difference. ive used them both at an apple store and i can say that final cut runs significantly faster on the 3.06. also, the graphics will help alot. if u want a future proof mac, go with the 3.06ghz
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

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    Does the OP use Final Cut? No, he games. He won't notice an 8% speed up in the CPU. He should still get the faster one.
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    Fixed.
     

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