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    Just bought a 21.5 iMac, some questions
    Okay I bought the $1,499 model today, and love it so far, I am getting ready to get rid of my MacBook Pro(basically I wanted more power from my computer), its got the i3 processor, and 1TB HDD, and the ATI graphics card in it, can I play some decent games on this thing? And also, I plan on doing video editing, and photo editing as well, and do my school work, will this do the job?

    It definitely feels much more powerful than my MacBook Pro, and so far I enjoy it quite a bit.

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    Why not just do it instead of asking? It's not going to hurt you machine. I promise.

    Your new Mac is more than capable of doing all that you listed.

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    I know but I don't have any software yet, or bought any games... or I wouldn't be asking.

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    2011 15" Macbook pro 2.2Gh Quad Core 8GB RAM and 2009 27" iMac 2.93Ghz ( Custom Mod ) Quad core and
    Cool
    First what kind of gaming ( do play games like Call Of Duty or online games ) and video editing ( what products iMovie or Final Cut Express or do you use Final Cut Studio )
    No and never is not in my dictionary, Anything can be done with hard work and perseverance - TheAmazingApple

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    I don't know anything about games, I'm sorry; but I do know quite a bit about photo and video editing using, iPhoto, Aperture 3, iMovie and FC Express.

    All work perfectly on the 21.5 and the specs you mentioned are "better" than mine and will cope with ease.

    Have fun exploring your lovely new machine and enjoy. You will not regret your purchase.

    Ian

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    You'll most likely have no problems with whatever you throw at it, but for any readers about to make the plunge it's more usual to decide what software you really want to run then buy the hardware that at least meets the min specs required.
    Experience teaches you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.

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    Ok cool yeah I was thinking of running Apeture, and Final Cut Studio on my iMac, since I'll begin school very shortly. Some of the games I plan on playing are probably Call of Duty, and perhaps some from the App Store.

    Thanks guys

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    2011 15" Macbook pro 2.2Gh Quad Core 8GB RAM and 2009 27" iMac 2.93Ghz ( Custom Mod ) Quad core and
    And that computer is totally able to run those programs also . But I would upgrade the RAM to about 8GB for motion and soundtrack pro
    No and never is not in my dictionary, Anything can be done with hard work and perseverance - TheAmazingApple

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    Is it pretty easy to upgrade the RAM? I'd rather do it myself, considering Apple charges an arm and a leg for RAM.

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    2011 MacBook Air, i5 27" IMac, 2010 21.5" IMac, 2010 Mini, 2011 13" MBP, IPhone 4, Airport Extreme
    Installing ram take about 2 minutes. just open the port on the back and put the ram in. done

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    21" 3.6GHz Core i5 iMac, 12GB Crucial RAM
    I bought a 21.5" iMac recently myself (named it "Sputnik") and its running games, video editing software, photo editing software, Parellels for running Windows, etc. Works great. I upgraded the RAM from 4 to 12GB, Crucial, and it definitely helped.
    21" 3.6GHz Core i5 iMac "Sputnik" ■ 12GB Crucial RAM ■ Monsoon flat-panel speakers ■ HP P1006 LaserJet printer ■ Full Keyboard ■ Canoscan 9000F flatbed scanner ■ ...and then of course me (being a narcissist, I consider this to be the most important mod).

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    21.5' iMac i3 3.2GHz, 13.3' MacBook Pro 2.26GHz, iPhone 4(16GB), 160GB iPod Classic
    Thanks for all the help guys!

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