OS X :: Used Mac Pro Or Core I3 IMac?

Nov 13, 2010

i have about $1300 i can get a mac pro (used) on crigslist for $1200 (2009 model)
or a mac pro used $1000 (2006 model) or an iMac i3 My needs:SOME gaming via bootcamp (just bought Left For Dead 1/2 on sale) My Main question is have you ever bought a used mac pro? Is it a good idea? or am i in over my head

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Hardware :: Dual Core Versus Quad Core Imac?

Oct 21, 2009

I do alot of photography with a canon dslr, I also plan to edit short HD videos as well as some photoshop and flash animation work.

Will I benefit greatly from the Quad Core Imac over the Dual Core Imac?

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IMac :: New IMacs To Use Both Dual-core And Quad-core Configs?

Feb 2, 2009


What you say guys?

I know the same article is on main page

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IMac :: Is The Quad Core I7 Faster Than The 2008 Octo-Core Mac Pro?

Oct 22, 2009

So the older Mac Pro's from 2008 have 2 2.8ghz Quad Core Intel Xeon processors, without hyperthreading, for a total of 8 cores, and the top of the line iMac has a Quar Core i7 2,8ghz with hyperthreading for a total of 8 (virtual) cores.

With the ghz being the same but less "real" cores, but probably newer CPU architecture, which CPU will actually be faster?

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IMac :: Quad Core I5 OR Base Model Core I3?

Jul 28, 2010

I know other threads exist, but they don't have responses specific to me so what's the harm in one more?

So, I am going to be selling my late 2008 15" MacBook Pro this week to get a new 27" iMac and I just need some legitimate advice from those "in the know" on processors.

I plan on having this iMac for about 3 years to do the following tasks:

1.) Record and edit HD cable (1080i) from an Elgato EyeTV HD - will include some encoding of 2+ hour sports game recordings

2.) Some light editing of 720p iPhone 4 clips in iMovie

3.) Surf the web, iTunes, iPhoto, Mail, and all the other standard stuff

Assuming budget is an issue, would you recommend me spending the extra money for a Quad Core i5 iMac or would I be ok based on the info above just going with the base Dual Core i3 model?

Like, will there be a considerable difference in the two machines (factoring in processor and graphics card) that will really be worth the extra $300 - $400 for 3 years of use?

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Hardware :: First IMac Core I7 And Core I5 Benchmarks?

Nov 13, 2009

The first Core i7 and Core i5 benchmarks are available. Quite amazing to see how much faster the Core i7 is even compared to the Core i5. (via digg) I'll definitely go for the Core i7 now that I've seen these results.

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Mac :: Dual Core IMac Vs. Eight Core Mac Pro

Jun 11, 2009

I currently have a 24" iMac with a 2.8 Ghz Dual Core but I'm looking at buying a Mac Pro.I have been looking at the 2.26 Ghz Dual Quad, will this be faster than the iMac? I'm not really all that hot on clock speed vs cores, could someone with the relevant knowledge inform me which is better?

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Mac :: Core I3 Or Core I5 IMac?

Jan 10, 2011

I know this has probably been answered a billion times, but I need the answer for my specific needs. My daily use will be: Web browsing iTunes Watching HD Movies Bit Torrent HandBrake Dvd Burning Windows Parallels Social Networking iPhotoCan someone tell me if I really need the Core i5 2.8ghz, or should choose the Core i3 3.2ghz. Mind you, I dont wanna max out the machine with daily use...but dont want to overkill it.

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IMac :: Which One Is Better/an 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Or An 2.8 GHz Intel Quad Core?

Dec 18, 2009

first, I didn�t know if this thread should be here or in Buying Tips, but anyway. My doubt is about the brand new 27� iMac�s processor, If I should buy a more GHz one, but with only two cores, or should I buy little bit less GHz one, but with four cores.

It really worth pay $200 more? It really worth the four cores? My main needs are run CS4, some Final Cut, maybe Logic Studio, and switch between different OS's (OS X, Windows, and Linux). I think even a 21.5� model would be more than enough, but I just wonder If Quad Core gonna give me more power (I hope so).

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PowerPC :: PM G5 From IMac Core Duo - Macbook Beats Imac In Everything Except Graphics?

Sep 30, 2006

currently i have a blackbook and imac core duo, 17 ". My macbook beats the imac in everything except graphics. Before i got my imac i seriously considered a g5 dual 2.0, but the money wasnt there. I see an apple refurb dual 2.0 for 1599, and im sure i cud get one a lot cheaper used here or on another board. How much of a performance increase will i see IN APERTURE going to the PM, if any? i would need a good increase to justify it, and eve then im not sure my parents would be ok with me spending a few hundred bucks to upgrade

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IMac :: New IMac 27" Quad Core I5/i7 Ownership Thread

Nov 9, 2009

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IMac :: 27" Imac Quad Core-i7 Good For Gaming?

Jan 7, 2010

I'm in desperate need for a new computer, for Gaming/school work.

I Am very interested in the New 27" Imac quad core-i7...but I'm scared.

I have read threads upon threads about the screen flickering/yellow glow and such and my question to you all is, when to buy my new imac?

I want to buy it without these problems of course.

Does anyone know when Apple will be fixing all these problems? (If they havint already)

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IMac :: Weird Boot Issues On IMac Core Duo?

Oct 28, 2009

Back in August, I did an OS update on my iMac, and the machine wouldn't reboot. I was able to reinstall Leopard by booting from a disk, and all was well for a few more weeks. The machine seemed to run normal, with the exception of 5-minute-plus boot up times. But within a few weeks it stopped booting. I installed Leopard on an external HDD and figured I'd leave the internal alone until Snow Leopard came out.

A few weeks later when SL was released, I booted from the install disk, found the internal HDD, and went through the installation process. Everything went fine but the machine would not boot. I installed SL on my external HDD running Leopard, and everything was fine. I've since been running my computer off the external.

The internal HDD no longer shows up on the desktop, in Disk Utility, etc. I'm fearing it may have died. More worrisome, though, is my machine doesn't always boot up, whether from my external HDD (set as the startup disk) or from CD. By "doesn't always boot up," I mean most of the time when I restart, it just sits on a gray screen, nothing happens (even when holding "Option" or C.) Sometimes it will boot, but takes 20 or 30 minutes to do so.

I'm considering replacing the internal HDD, but am curious, does that seem like the issue, or might the failure to boot from externals and CDs indicate a more serious problem?

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IMac :: IMac Ram Core Duo - Can Use A Single 2GB Chip?

Dec 17, 2010

I have one of the original intel imacs, core duo 1.83.I see it supports 2GB of ram, does anyone know if I can use a single 2GB chip to get there?

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Feb 25, 2010

i am looking at ram upgrade options as i am about to dive in and purchase the 27" quad core imac.i know we need to install in pairs but do the 'pairs' need to match. can i leave the 2mb pair that comes with the computer AND add a pair of 4mb giving a total of 12mb?

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MacBook Pro :: Differences Between Core 2 Duo / Core I5 And Core I7?

Dec 4, 2010

I see the numbers of everything from Core 2 Duo, to the slightly faster and cooler Core i3, to the supposedly faster core i5s and i7s. The benchmarks go up accordingly, but I found this does not always equate in a faster experience on most tasks.

Here's my experience so far on processor upgrade:

In one computer trade school re-certification class I am in, we are working with Windows Server 2003 on a Quad Xeon platform and it's incredibly slow.

But in a previous class we had the previous generation server edition on older Xeons, and while not fast, it was much better. On paper the newer multi-core Xeons should have made a difference, but could 2003 server software be that much more bloated than the previous Windows server edition that it would stall like that and make us wish we had the older setup?

I am going to try out the Adobe CS lab and put the new high end Dells to the test there and see if they work better than when we had an older CS version on older Xeon equipped Dells.

I don't know if this is something to do with Dell, or if Apple's increasing processor bumps/generations are going to similarly not make a difference in the speed things appear to go at, whether it's Adobe stuff, server stuff, or anything else that needs power.

I know somebody who plans on a Core 2 Duo, i5 or i7 MBP and I was wondering if the higher end processor is worth it in that case (iMovie being the main program of use).

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Mac :: Imac 27 With Core To Duo And I5?

Nov 17, 2009

I planning to buy a new imac, and i cant make my mind up. here the 27 core 2 duo cost 1580 euro and the i5 cost 1880 euro. money is not really an issue but on the other hand why spend the extra money if I don't need it. In your opinion who should by the i5?I am using mostly photoshop, dreamweaver, imovie, browsing with multiple tabs open at once and also I will be using a software (not sure which one yet) to put my VHS videos on dvd with some editing. I know the core2duo will do just fine but will you see a significant difference with the i5? is there anyone that has bought the i5 who previously owned the 24 3.06 core 2 duo that can tell me his impressions?

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Mac :: IMac Core I7 Has QPI Or DMI?

Nov 17, 2009

Can anyone confirm which technology the new iMac 27" Intel i7 has: QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) or the slower DMI?If you know, would you kindly provide proof?I'm seriously thinking of buying the new iMac i7 and would like to get more information since Apple doesn't really provide that much.

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IMac :: Hyperthreading In Core I7?

Nov 14, 2009

sometimes when i'm doing light work like browsing the web, I think it'll be better to save power to turn off hyperthreading.

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Mac Pro :: 4/6 Core Mac Pro Vs Top Of The Line IMac?

Jul 27, 2010

I have given up gaming and want to focus on large photoshop art pieces (raster, poster size printable). I want smooth, lag-free performance and I tend to lean away from all-in-ones like the iMac so was going to get a 6 core Mac Pro. That said, I likely do not need the expandability of the Mac Pro but I am willing to pay a bit of a premium to ensure the best long term experience. I'm just not sure there is a solid benefit for the extra cost of the Pro. I'm also somewhat clueless about and dubious of the idea of laptop processors in the iMac. I've read some of the posts about iMac vs MacPro before but now with the upgrades to the iMac and the MacPro announcements I was hoping some of you could provide some solid advice on which route I should take.

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Mac Pro :: Quad Core 2006 3.0GHz Versus 2.26GHz 8 Core 2009 Model?

Aug 3, 2009

Just curious as to how much of an improvement in performance I would see upgrading my system as it states above, since my 2006 machine is 3 years old and getting close to the end of my apple care, figured I would trade it in and upgrade.

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IMac :: How Much RAM Can My 3.06GHz Intel Core I3 21.5 In Take?

Dec 26, 2010

Crucial website says 8 but I was wondering if it could take 12

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IMac :: Will Java 6.0 Work On 2.8 Ghz Core Duo?

Apr 10, 2009

I have a intel based dual core 2.8 iMac. I was trying to find out if I could install the java 6.0 or some people call it java 1.6?

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IMac :: Difference In The Daily Use Between Core I5 And I7?

Nov 23, 2009

I'm about to buy new 27" iMac. I am undecided between the two quad core models. There are big differences in the daily use between the two? worth spending more for the Core i7.

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IMac :: Quad Core Will Be Utilized Or Not?

Nov 23, 2009

I ordered an I7 Imac, but can't get a definitive idea if the quad core will be utilized or not. If a software program like Final Cut Express is not "Quad Core Aware", is there no advantage over a Core Duo? Why would the encoding be twice as fast, but not the program?

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IMac :: Advice For The Quad Core I5?

Jan 20, 2010

I've decided to jump on the apple band wagon and purchase an iMac.

I'm planning on ordering the 27-inch quad core i5 but I'm wondering whether it's worth upgrading the processor or increasing the RAM - does anyone use FCS 3 and if so, would it be better to increase the RAM to 8GB+ to run more smoothly.. or does the 4GB RAM basic run fine with FCP 7 and the like?

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IMac :: Using I7 Quad Core As Monitor For PC?

Jan 21, 2010

Has anyone tried using their iMac as a monitor for a PC? I have a high-end PC that I use for work and I recently bought an iMac for video, audio, and pictures (in other words....personal use.)

Has anyone used their beautiful 27 inch imac as a monitor for another computer? Pros/cons?

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IMac :: Quad Core I5 Or I7 For Gaming?

Jul 27, 2010

Debating whether or not to get the core i5 for 1999 or i7 for 200 more.. Will I see a difference in gaming between the two processors? It seems like everyone is getting the i7 to future proof but is there really that big of a difference in the two CPUs ?

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Mac Pro :: Upgrading Nehalem Octa Core 2.26 Ghz To Mac Pro Westmare Hexa Core 2.66 Ghz

Oct 4, 2010

Has anyone that know if it's possible to upgrade MacPro Nehalem 2.26 to 2.66 Ghz Westmare with the following processors : Intel Hexa Core Xeon? Processor X5650 12M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel? QPI part #:BX80614X5650 ? Could you help me telling if it?s possible to upgrading MacPro Nehalem octa core 2.26 Ghz to Mac Pro Westmare hexa core 2.66 Ghz ?

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Mac Pro :: One Quad Core Chip Versus 2 Dual Core Chips?

Mar 6, 2008

I have an opportunity to get a single 3.0 GHz quad core Clovertown.

Should I go for it? There's no advantage to having two cores in two sockets versus having four cores in one socket, right?

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