Which new iMac to chose? A 2015 model or a 2014 with dedicated graphics card?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vikaplume, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. vikaplume macrumors newbie


    Dec 16, 2015
    Montréal, Canada
    So I went to see the used iMac, but it just doesn't look as nice as I was told (scratches in the screen), so I have decided to just bite the bullet get a new iMac.

    I want this iMac for word processing, powerpoint, excel, web browsing (google docs), email and Skype (which I use extensively as I teach online), praat (sound viewing/editing tool), and a few games (mostly the sims, civilization and simcity - which i would prefer to run at at least medium settings).

    I want a 21.5" and I don't need/want retina (I'm pretty farsighted, I honestly can't see the difference). Since I play a few games, I was thinking a dedicated graphics card might be better? But maybe not?

    So the options are:

    last year's model with a 2.9 ghz processor, 8gb ram, 1 tb hard drive and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics card

    Or this year's model, which I would probably configure to have a fusion drive (is it worth it with only 24gb of SSD? maybe a 2tb fusion drive then? or I could leave it as is, in which case it is actually cheaper than last year's model with education pricing):

    Which is better? Thanks again for all of your help!
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    if you aren;t bothered about the screen and want the best gaming experience for the longest time then the dGPU is your best bet, however I wouldn't buy any computer without some sort of SSD these days. Fusion drive or SSD on a 2014 with dGPU would be your best bet.
  3. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    As Samuelsan2001 said, the 2014 model will be your best bet. A workaround for the SSD could be either to open up the iMac and exchange the HDD for a SSD or use an external SSD, preferably through Thunderbolt (although USB3 with UASP would also work). But with the needs that you describe, I would go with the 2014 model and figure out a way to get a SSD.
  4. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Sorry to sound rude, but I'm shortsighted when I don't have my glasses on. Why does being longsighted affect you?
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Given what you wrote, go for the 2014 model, since it has a dGPU and a better Fusion drive.
  6. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    The 2014 model does not have a Fusion Drive. So the one OP is looking at comes with a standard 5400rpm HDD and no SSD.

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