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    New iMac

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    New iMac
    Hows it going...Im looking to get a new iMac but im stuck on the one I'm looking to get. Here are the choices.

    21.5 inch
    2.8 i7
    4 gigs
    1 TB
    AMD 6770 512

    OR

    27 inch
    3.1 i5
    4 gigs
    1TB
    AMD HD 6970 1 Gb

    I do mainly FCP editing with some video games, to keep in dorm room.

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    Way... way too many specs to list.
    Primarily using Final Cut and you're wondering if you should buy the faster machine with more video ram?
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    Clearly the 27" and bump it to 8GB RAM when you get it home.
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    New iMac

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    I have both the 21.5 and the 27" and I'd say go with the 27 and add ram from owc after you get it. You will love the extra screen space.

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    Isn't that kind of a no brainer especially if money is not an issue?
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    New iMac

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50voltphantom View Post
    Clearly the 27" and bump it to 8GB RAM when you get it home.
    Why do you recommend this ?
    I have the new iMac 27 with i5 - and it runs like lightning with 4gb RAM


    WHAT would the extra 4gb give me please ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    Why do you recommend this ?
    I have the new iMac 27 with i5 - and it runs like lightning with 4gb RAM


    WHAT would the extra 4gb give me please ?
    I'd imagine it will help tremendously if you are regularly editing video.
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    To clarify 50volt's answer a bit:

    Video editing (particularly when using effects) involves a lot of rendering. Rendering is done in RAM since it is way faster than doing it on the hard drive.

    Thus, more RAM = faster rendering = increased productivity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50voltphantom View Post
    I'd imagine it will help tremendously if you are regularly editing video.
    Is that the main difference /

    So - if I don't do video-editing - it's not going to make any substantial difference ?

    Thanks for the clarification Chas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    Is that the main difference /

    So - if I don't do video-editing - it's not going to make any substantial difference ?

    Thanks for the clarification Chas.
    That would be correct. If you're not using individual applications that make use of large amounts of RAM (primarily audio/video editing/encoding) or have a large number of open apps that you're working in simultaneously, you will not notice much improvement going from 4 to 8GB of RAM.
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