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APPLE iMac MC814 27" (May 2011 model) 1,420.03 @ Dixons + Amazon

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This is the new May 2011 model that has the Intel Sandy Bridge processors and the new Thunderbolt ports. Apple store price is £1649.00

Spec:

Intel® Core™ i5 processor 3.1 GHz (Quad Core)
4GB RAM
AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5
27" LED-backlit IPS screen (2560 x 1440 res)
1 TB HDD
Built-in stereo speakers
Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
Headphone / optical digital audio output (mini-jack)
Audio line in / optical digital audio input (mini-jack)
Built-in microphone
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
Four USB 2.0 ports
SDXC card slot
Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Audio in/out
10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
IR receiver

Using Topcashback/Quidco will get you a further £42 off. It is also the same price at Amazon.

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    cojack
    Unfortunately, I can't afford this kind of money.
    cammy69
    Hot from me. It may be stupid money, but it's a hot deal if you want one and can afford one!
    pablomozza
    BEAST - HOT
    jg213
    Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

    I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

    Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?



    Edited By: jg213 on Jun 02, 2011 18:37: noticed something
    Wicked666
    jg213
    Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

    I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

    Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?


    It's not just about the specs pal. It's about reliability and instant on and the fact you rarely need to worry about it giving error messages when you need to rely on it. Plus it runs quietly and has a fantastic screen and the wirelees keyboard and mouse look superb and work really well.

    If you want a computer just to play the latest games, then get a PC, (then upgrade in 18 months when newer games come out).

    If you want a computer for everything else, then a Mac will last for years.
    cath1510
    Wicked666
    jg213
    Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows pricesCurious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?
    It's not just about the specs pal. It's about reliability and instant on and the fact you rarely need to worry about it giving error messages when you need to rely on it. Plus it runs quietly and has a fantastic screen and the wirelees keyboard and mouse look superb and work really well. If you want a computer just to play the latest games, then get a PC, (then upgrade in 18 months when newer games come out).If you want a computer for everything else, then a Mac will last for years.


    My 16 year old daughter wants an macbook pro for xmas, even though she has a laptop that works just fine, would love to get her one though but Apple computers are just a little bit too expensive for me.
    joeybutterface
    This is an incredible deal for a magnificent beast of a computer. A 27" IPS monitor of the same specification from Dell can run you £700-£750 alone.
    softpurple
    Personally I would buy a refurbished 2010 i7 from Apple for £1289 over this as it's a more powerful machine and £131 cheaper.
    13SiN
    Probably worth holding out for lion now?
    KIT786
    softpurple
    Personally I would buy a refurbished 2010 i7 from Apple for £1289 over this as it's a more powerful machine and £131 cheaper.


    My understanding was the new Sandy Bridge processors were upto 20% faster then the older intel processors, but you could be right seeing as that is a i7 and this is a i5. TBH I haven't really looked at any benchmark results so won't say which is better, but if you are correct then the refurb would be better value (except if you want the thunderbolt ports, which can't actually be used atm)
    KIT786
    jg213
    Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

    I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

    Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?




    Here is a link that shows that the PC is cheaper but only slightly (it is a tad bit more powerfull too) and that doesn't take into consideration the extra time required to build, test and self support. That price comparison is also being compared to the price you would pay if directly brought from Apple and so this should work out cheaper then an equivalent PC.

    Regarding Crysis 2 running on highest settings, I would think it should be able to because it can run Crysis 1 at a respectable 26fps @1920x1080 on the highest settings, and the Crysis 2 sys requirements are less then those of Crysis 1

    source: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/desktops/367360/apple-imac-27in-2011

    Edited By: KIT786 on Jun 02, 2011 22:22
    jouster
    this site is such a bad influence on me...if i never looked at it I would be a rich rich man...but I love my MacBook Pro, house full of Sonos Kit, Plasma Tellies, Bloom Baby Chair, Portable Hard Drives, huge garden hammock, Weed Puller, and ..blah blah blah ...way to much

    I really dont need one of these...but its gonna look awesome in my family room...have wanted one for ages...now where is that credit card
    softpurple
    KIT786

    My understanding was the new Sandy Bridge processors were upto 20% faster then the older intel processors, but you could be right seeing as that is a i7 and this is a i5. TBH I haven't really looked at any benchmark results so won't say which is better, but if you are correct then the refurb would be better value (except if you want the thunderbolt ports, which can't actually be used atm)


    http://cl.ly/0M2A472w0E0X403n1U0x/iMac_Benchmarks_Early_2011_.jpg

    It's quite interesting that the 2009 i7 only scores about 100 points less than this model as well.
    MattOsprey
    I can't seem to add to basket.
    Am I missing something?
    Matthew
    KIT786
    thanks for that piece of info softpurple, frankly makes me wonder what all the fuss was about these new chips then? I remember at the start of the year how all these tech sites were hyping up the new chips, yet don't recall anyone saying they haven't lived upto their expectations!
    Comrade Penguin
    KIT786
    thanks for that piece of info softpurple, frankly makes me wonder what all the fuss was about these new chips then? I remember at the start of the year how all these tech sites were hyping up the new chips, yet don't recall anyone saying they haven't lived upto their expectations!


    You're comparing a last gen i7 against a SB i5. As that chart shows the SB i7 is the fastest of the lot by some distance. The refurbed i7 is a BTO version of last years top end machine. The article that chart was taken from states "there's a consistent 25% performance improvement between Sandy Bridge and Lynnfield at both the low-end and the high-end of the iMac model range".

    Also when comparing the two machines its worth noting that your getting a 6970 in the new machine vs a 5750 in terms of graphics which those benchmarks don't take into account. The refurb is a cracking deal too. That's the one to go for if you only need CPU power and this is the one if you want top end graphics too.
    MattOsprey
    To answer myself. There was a glitch at around midnight that stopped the add to basket, but it is now working.
    KITTYBOTS
    jg213
    Can I play crysis 2 on this on full settings at this price? are Macs any good for gaming, looks like its got a decent graphics card Edit: I just noticed the Graphics card has got a M on it, does that mean "Mobile" version? e.g the versions you usually get in laptops?

    I take it must be the new i5 2500k sandy bridge chip and not the old one? just wondering as I know apple do things like that some times. You know Yesterdays Tech at Tomorrows prices

    Curious, but how much would it cost to build a equalivent specced PC, getting a 27" ISP screen too?




    The grahics card is slightly slower than an HD6850 1GB in speed and uses the same 960 VLIW5 shader configuration. The iMac is a very nice all in one PC but TBH if you are using a computer to game with I would get a PC as it will be upgradeable. The much faster HD6870 1GB can be had for around £130.

    If you want to upgrade the graphics card in the iMac you will need to sell the entire machine too including the screen.

    Edited By: KITTYBOTS on Jun 03, 2011 12:19
    Jaspal989
    Why the hell has this got a mobile GPU?
    yannarascala
    Fantastic discount for a great product, who needs a PC? Heat added…:p

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