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    Buying a new 21.5 inch imac - Should I get i5 or i7

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    Buying a new 21.5 inch imac - Should I get i5 or i7
    I am going to be buying the higher end 21.5 inch iMac in the near future. I am wondering if it would be wise for me to upgrade to the i7 chip (2.7ghz i5 to the 2.8ghz i7)? I don't really buy a new computer very often, in fact my current iMac is a 2.1ghz PowerPC isight. I want to make sure that whatever I get, that it will be powerful enough to last me for years to come. We do a little bit of video editing and quite a bit of photo editing. I know that the video card is probably a bigger factor with this stuff, but I really don't want to move up to the 27inch. Is the i7 upgrade worth it? My only concern is that the i5 that is in this system is Sandy Bridge (brand new) technology and the i7 is last years technology.
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    Matt

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    Buying a new 21.5 inch imac - Should I get i5 or i7
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    the i7 really gives you a boost while video editing, due to the hyper threading technology. Thing is, they are both great CPUs. you wont go wrong either way.
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    Buying a new 21.5 inch imac - Should I get i5 or i7
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    Always buy the most computer you can afford.

    There is no such thing as "too much" of anything on your computer even if you never us it but there is such as thing as "too little" of anything when you need it.


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    Buying a new 21.5 inch imac - Should I get i5 or i7

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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss View Post
    Always buy the most computer you can afford.

    There is no such thing as "too much" of anything on your computer even if you never us it but there is such as thing as "too little" of anything when you need it.
    Great advice! I have been using that reasoning for years and haven't been disappointed.

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