Which should i get?

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  1. rookies macrumors member

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    Should i get the 2.8 or the 3.06 I will be upgrading memory when i get it.

    As I know the 3.06 comes with a better gfx card and more hd space but is it worth the extra?
     
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    It depends on what you're doing. If you're going to squeeze the computer of everything it has to offer, grab the 3.06 model. If you're going to be gaming, you might be better off getting the 2.8 model with a bumped up GPU, HDD and RAM.
     
  3. tri3limited macrumors 6502

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    If you want you can select the 2.8 and custom it as the 3.06 if you want the ATi (which is very similar in power atm) as well as the smaller 320gb HDD.
     
  4. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    But i would of though the 512 GFX card is faster than the 256 that the ati do?ß
     
  5. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    Also I am doing Aperture and Photoshop work that what i am using the iMac for
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    For 3D games GeForce is about 2x as fast. For everything else its slightly slower than Radeon.
     
  7. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi,

    So your saying the Radeon will be better for me than GeForce for photography work?? I would of though the extra memory would help or am i missing somthing here?
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    Memory =/= performance.

    The only photography app that currently uses graphics card is Aperture and it runs faster with Radeon, because nVIDIA drivers $u©k $h1t
     
  9. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    Interesting :)

    It Aperture that i use too hmmmm
     
  10. eXan macrumors 601

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    :)

    See for yourself: http://barefeats.com/imp04.html

    On that page there are some test results of iMacs with both Radeons and Geforces running various Core Image apps.
     
  11. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    OR is there a new version coming out soon? for me to hold on for?
     
  12. bob vansteel macrumors regular

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    the ati is better for you at the moment, but if you plan on upgrading to snow leopard, the nvidia will prove a much better buy in the long run.
     
  13. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    Are you saying snow leopard wont run on the ATI as good as the Nvidia? When should snow leopard release what different will it be. Also what would ATI be better for me at the moment ? would Nvidia be no good then or i just wont see the different?
     
  14. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    I believe it's worth the extra. Don't just get a computer for what your doing now but for the things you might want to do as well.
     
  15. Blakely028 macrumors regular

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    There doesn't look to be a new version of the iMac anytime soon...

    Tbh, I would go with the 2.8 and upgrade the ram and the hdd, the current card in there should be good enough for you! :D
     
  16. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    When was the last time the iMac had a spec refresh?

    What the chance of something new coming out this year?

    As i may get the top range iMac this making it reasonable good for many years is this what i should do?
     
  17. rookies thread starter macrumors member

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    Looking on there last time it was this april so what the chance of it being this year for a new refresh as it was last september when the imac came out so could this sep be somthing?
     

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