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

    vikaplume

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    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
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product...583&path=4127ef0be36f82c301c26565f639a03cen02

    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):
    http://www.apple.com/ca_edu_93120/shop/buy-mac/imac?product=MK442LL/A&step=config

    Which is better? Thanks again for all of your help!
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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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