Which iMac should I get?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mtthwcmn1, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. mtthwcmn1 macrumors member

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    I was debating whether or not I should get the 21.5 inch quad core i5 imac or the 3.4 i7 27 inch imac. Also is an ssd worth the price if you never boot down your machine.
     
  2. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    In addition to the SSD bay you've got 2 Thunderbolt ports. SSD makes a HUGE difference in system responsiveness. I wouldn't necessarily go large on the SSD as you've got a 1TB or 2TB HDD option for the really big files.

    Cheers
     
  3. tears2040 macrumors 6502

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    The first question that needs to be asked is which computer you are upgrading from & what are you looking to accomplish.
     
  4. mtthwcmn1 thread starter macrumors member

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  5. tears2040 macrumors 6502

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    So basically nothing that is Cpu, Hard Drive, nor graphics card intensive.....


    Buy the least expensive iMac available with the largest hard drive. Or even last years model. These iMac computers are very powerful and unless you are running heavy video editing, photography programs you will be more than fine with last years model or the current one.


    My last question would be is what was your total budget you were looking on spending + what computer are you upgrading from.
     
  6. mtthwcmn1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm upgrading from a core 2 duo 2009 imac with 8gb of ram.
     
  7. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-iMac/product~dpno~8811819~pdp.gididgg

    Go with last year's i7 27" model if you can live w/o TB ports. @ $1499 it's a lot cheaper and has the space to add SSD later if you want to but it's really unnecessary past boot for what you're doing.

    Cheers,
     
  8. mtthwcmn1 thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you very much for that link! That is what I will do.
     
  9. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with the above. The current generation 27" is massively overkill for your needs, it would just be a waste of money. If you really want this generation, get the low end 21.5"
     
  10. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    Have you tryed both? I found that i preferred the small screen size...
     
  11. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    A new iMac at all is an overkill, I think this is a case of want and not need.
     

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