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Hajdoki 05-28-2011 11:17 AM

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.

schweb 05-28-2011 02:15 PM

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Dysfunction 05-28-2011 02:26 PM

Primarily using Final Cut and you're wondering if you should buy the faster machine with more video ram? ;)

50voltphantom 05-28-2011 03:51 PM

Clearly the 27" and bump it to 8GB RAM when you get it home.

Mini_mi 05-28-2011 10:38 PM

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.

CrimsonRequiem 05-29-2011 12:16 AM

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

pedropete 05-29-2011 03:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 50voltphantom (Post 1243825)
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
O:)

WHAT would the extra 4gb give me please ?

50voltphantom 05-29-2011 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pedropete (Post 1244101)
Why do you recommend this ?
I have the new iMac 27 with i5 - and it runs like lightning with 4gb RAM
O:)

WHAT would the extra 4gb give me please ?

I'd imagine it will help tremendously if you are regularly editing video.

chas_m 05-30-2011 06:07 AM

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.

pedropete 05-30-2011 08:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 50voltphantom (Post 1244330)
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 ?:Blushing:

Thanks for the clarification Chas.

bobtomay 05-30-2011 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pedropete (Post 1244646)
Is that the main difference /

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

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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