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  1. #1
    new Imac what do you think
    what i have
    Mac OS X 10.5.8 -
    processor 2.16 intel core 2 duo -
    Memory 2 GB

    Mostly photo editing LR and PS. Great computer is running a bit slow based on all the editing i do. time for upgrade what do you guys think

    Imac
    Processor 3.4GHxz intel cored i7 (upgrading now)
    memory 4gb (i passed on the upgrade to 8gb figure i could do that later on my own)
    Hard drive 1TB -all my pictures are external source anyway, but libraries are in the hard drive

    Graphics AMD Radeion HD 6970 1GB or the same with a 2GB? have not made it up my mind on this.

    Suggestions comments concerns thanks

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    new Imac what do you think
    Deckyon's Avatar
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    Get the video card upgrade.
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
    MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
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    new Imac what do you think
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    I do a decent amount of video creation/editing, DVD and film watching and a ton of image editing and creation. I have the AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1024 MB and have not had any issues whatsoever.

    Unless you're going to do some hardcore gaming, my guess is the video card will be just fine as-is.
    “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” - Frank Zappa

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    new Imac what do you think

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    No concerns at all. This is the same spec iMac I got three months ago and it's soooo fast.
    I fitted a Kingston 8GB RAM kit to take it to 12GB (Apples RAM prices are crazy) and I think this gives a much better performance return than adding another gigabyte to the video card unless you're seriously into games (I'm not).
    Buy it with confidence, I love mine.

    On Edit: I also recommend you buy the Apple Care extended warranty. This is an expensive machine and the warranty will give you three years piece of mind.

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    new Imac what do you think

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    I would agree on getting the video card upgrade. It is a bit more money, but I do think it will be worth it in the end. And that is a great mac right there.

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    thanks everybody for their comments

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    chas_m
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    I hate to be contrary, but I have no idea whatsoever why you are recommending the 2GB over the 1GB video card.

    He's editing PHOTOS. Photographs are still, last I checked, 2D. There would be absolutely NO difference between the two cards from a photo editing perspective at all.

    If the difference in cost was trivial then I don't suppose it would matter, but IMO you guys are recommending a flamethrower to kill a fly, metaphorically speaking.

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    new Imac what do you think
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    I hate to be contrary, but I have no idea whatsoever why you are recommending the 2GB over the 1GB video card.

    He's editing PHOTOS. Photographs are still, last I checked, 2D. There would be absolutely NO difference between the two cards from a photo editing perspective at all.

    If the difference in cost was trivial then I don't suppose it would matter, but IMO you guys are recommending a flamethrower to kill a fly, metaphorically speaking.
    Well said. Couldn't agree more.
    “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” - Frank Zappa

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    new Imac what do you think
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    I'm also going with the video card upgrade. Better to have it and not need it than vice versa. If you can spare the money for the upgrades I say upgrade the things you can't upgrade later: the processor and the video card. Memory and hard drives are cheaper on the secondary market.
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