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    Price check 27" i5 iMac

    Previous gen model, so:

    Core i5 2.8Ghz
    27" display
    8GB of Apple RAM
    1TB HDD
    ATI 5750 GPU
    2 and a bit years of Applecare warranty left.

    I'm thinking of upgrading to the one which has just been released.

    What's it worth?

    And no Apple bashing please, it's a bit tiresome.

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    Re: Price check 27" i5 iMac

    It seems a bit of a sideways upgrade TBH.

    If you go for the 2.7GHZ Core i5 version it will not be a huge upgrade over the 2.8GHZ Core i5 760 you have ATM.

    Here is a comparison of a 2.8GHZ Core i5 2300 and a 2.8GHZ Core i5 760:

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...00-2300_6.html

    Also the HD6770M is not that much faster than an HD5750 too.

    The only version which is a reasonable upgrade is the £1649 iMac which has a Core i5 2400 and an HD6970M. The latter is a downclocked HD6850.


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    Re: Price check 27" i5 iMac

    Well, as I was planning on ditching an E8600 based box (gaming rig repurposed for storage - now replaced by a MicroServer), and a Q6600 SLACR based box (VMWare server rig now replaced by the extra grunt in the i5), I was thinking of going for the top end i7 with the HD6970.

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    Re: Price check 27" i5 iMac

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Well, as I was planning on ditching an E8600 based box (gaming rig repurposed for storage - now replaced by a MicroServer), and a Q6600 SLACR based box (VMWare server rig now replaced by the extra grunt in the i5), I was thinking of going for the top end i7 with the HD6970.
    TBH,an HD6970M is slower than an HD6850 1GB as it is clocked nearly 100MHZ lower for the GPU. With a Core i7 2600K and 8GB of RAM you are looking at nearly £2000 for a new iMac. I had a quick look on Ebay at a similar iMac to your current one sold for around £1200:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Apple-27-iMac-...item3f09b11450

    You could probably build yourself a capable machine for well under £1000 and also keep your existing iMac.

    AMD Bulldozer is also out the next month and I suspect the 8 core version would be great for VM work.


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    Re: Price check 27" i5 iMac

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    TBH,an HD6970M is slower than an HD6850 1GB as it is clocked nearly 100MHZ lower for the GPU. With a Core i7 2600K and 8GB of RAM you are looking at nearly £2000 for a new iMac. I had a quick look on Ebay at a similar iMac to your current one sold for around £1200:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Apple-27-iMac-...item3f09b11450

    You could probably build yourself a capable machine for well under £1000 and also keep your existing iMac.
    I could yeah, but part of the problem I have at the moment is waaay to much kit sucking power. I'm also over building stuff myself. I've done that for years, and it's nice to be able to walk into a shop and walk out with something which just works.

    Anyway, looks like £1200 or thereabouts is what I'm looking at for this I guess, so thanks for that!

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