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My macbook is now struggling to keep up with it all and regularly cuts out while playing which gets very frustrating, therefore i feel it is time to upgrade.

I dont have much money and am looking at buying the basic imac available on the apple site. Would the step up from 2.1ghz dual core to 3.06 ghz i3 processor be significant and very noticable i.e. would it stop logic cutting out while playing? or is it actually worth going for a quad core even though the i3 processor can run 4 threads at once?
The basic iMac (21.5" model) should be more than adequate for what you need to use it for. The one thing I would do after purchasing it, is to upgrade the memory to 8 GB. The other option you have is to order it with a larger hard drive. The current stock 500 GB may not be large enough for your usage. It's actually better to order the larger HDD from Apple rather than do it yourself. Upgrading a HDD on any iMac is a fairly difficult task whereas upgrading the memory is very easy.

IMO, it's not worth spending the extra $$ for the quad core. Very few apps can even take advantage of it. The i3 will give you plenty of power with its ability to multi-thread processes.

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