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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

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27 inch
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AMD HD 6970 1 Gb

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