PC/iMac what one do i buy? Advice please :)

Blujelly

Novice Member
Hi All,

I getting a new desktop soon but my dilemma is I don't know whether to stick to PC's which I know well or change over to my first iMac! I'm just wondering if I show the 2 specs if I could get some views and opinions on what would be best or slight upgrades! Would really help me as I'm stuck on which to get.

Apple iMac
21.5-inch: 2.7GHz
2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
1920 x 1080 resolution
4GB (two 2GB) memory
1TB hard drive1
AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB
1 Year Apple Care
Price range £1100-£1300 (depending on seller)
PC Spec:

PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570 (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
Memory (RAM)
8GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)
Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)
Processor Cooling
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER (£19)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
Office Software
FREE Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Limited functionality Word & Excel)
Anti-Virus
NORTON ANTI-VIRUS 2012 - 1 Year Licence for 1 PC (£14)
Monitor
IIYAMA E2273HDS 22" LED WIDESCREEN, HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080 (£119)
Keyboard & Mouse
LOGITECH® MK520 WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE COMBO (£39)
Total price £1,178
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
iMacs are PCs too, just ones that run Mac OS instead of Windows or Linux. Apple started using PC parts a few years ago now.

But anyway, those two specs are very different systems so it should be easy to choose between them once you decide what you're after. The iMac has neatness from an all in one, potentially attractive looks if you have a matching sense of aethetics and a better quality IPS screen for static images while the other has the monster graphics card that'll laugh at the iMac's entry level card (Desktop 6570 equivalent), the more powerful CPU and the more responsive monitor. Presuming it's a conventional desktop it'll also be easy to add to, fix and will likely have pretty usability than the iMac (which is fairly poor in that area, for example USB ports are placed at the back so you have to fumble around any time you want to plug a memory stick in).

And now is an awful time to buy an iMac as it hasn't been updated in a year and a half - that CPU is a Sandy Bridge i5-2500S.
 

brookheather

Distinguished Member
You've specified a high end gaming PC so if you want to play games then the Mac is not going to be suitable. You can easily install OSX on the PC so you can always use OSX for non-gaming activities if you wanted.
 

extremelydodgy

Active Member
'Easy' is relative. For a PC user, maybe. For someone who is best off being a Mac user or is expecting the whole Apple enchilada experience it's not.

OP, without having said what you do with it it's impossible to say.
 

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