02-27-2011, 07:22 PM #1
New iMac purchase. Choosing CPU, RAM, and gfx.
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- Feb 27, 2011
My old PC died on Saturday – it had an Intel Dual Core 3gHz CPU and 2 GB of RAM, and 1TB WD Black HDD, with Windows 7.
It took 4 hours to convert a 1 hour 720p video into MP4 format for iPad, using handbrake.
My new machine will mainly be used for video conversion, photo editing, and internet.
The question is, which configuration should I choose to future proof this purchase as much as possible? I can't afford max config, and I don't want to waste money by buying a quad-core if I can't take advantage of it using Handbrake or the built-in Apple apps.
CPU: 3.6gHz dual core Intel i5, or 2.8gHz quad-core i5
RAM: 4GB or 8GB – I don't do much multitasking so can't imagine I need more than 4GB
GFX: 512MB or 1GB RAM?
Thanks for any suggestions
02-27-2011, 07:54 PM #2
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- Nov 21, 2008
- 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 duo processor 4 GB of memory 300 GB HD imac, 8GB Ipod Touch 4th generation
I would say with snow leopard you can probably pull it off with just dual, 4GB and 512A man who is not one for words once told me...
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