08-20-2010, 09:51 AM
Im looking to upgrade from my macbook white (nearly 2 and a half years old now) to a new imac.
Spec: 2.1 ghz intel core duo, 4gb ram, 120 gb hard drive, 500gb external seagate HD, 160gb external seagate HD
I am running logic 8 and use AU's such as all the native instruments ones, Rob Papen synths and Spectrasonics instruments a lot (normally running at least 10 instances of each in a project). Everything i do is software based and i am not currently running an external audio interface but i will probably get one to connect my mackies and my decks.
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?
Also, is it worth going all out on 8gb of ram or would it not be worth it if i wasnt running a much more powerful processor?
Any issues with the hard drive, graphics cards etc?
Obviously a new imac will have a significantly improved performance to a 2 and half year old basic macbook white but i just need to know if it is worth spending a lot more money on a more top spec imac since i cannot afford to be upgrading very often.