27" retina IMac 2GB VS 4GB graphic cards

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HI all,
I'm looking to get the new 27" Retina IMac but i'm not sure if the graphic card upgrade is needed. Could someone give me the pros and cons of the 2 graphic cards available so I might make an informed purchase?
I currently have the 27" IMac (2013) build with 16 GB ram 3.5ghz I7 and the upgraded 4GB graphic card by Nvidia, I bought a month ago and the store has agreed to allow me to exchange it for the new one since I just made the purchase before the 5K announcement.
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It depends what you're going to use the computer for. If you "need" a 5K retina iMac for your business or special purposes like graphic design, then order the 4 GB card. Otherwise go with the standard card. Only you can make that decision.
 
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As chscag says, if you do graphics commercially and use Quark etc by all means go with the (much) dearer option. If only for browsing and gaming give it a miss. Mind you the standard card at 2GB is pretty good when you consider the 128MB and 256MB cards of only a couple of years ago. Mid 2011 iMacs came with 512MB.
 
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I just purchased the new computer because my 20" IMac (2008) was to slow for the GOPRO I just bought to film my grandkids. I'm a computer novice in many respects but I wanted the best playback for new videos so I got the upgrade graphics card. Now i'm wondering if I will really need it when I make the exchange I was lucky to get.
 

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No, you won't need the 4 GB video card for that. The new 5K retina iMac has plenty of power with the standard card for playing back videos and much more.
 
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Thanks so much for your advice. I will not get the upgraded graphics card when I make the exchange. That will more than pay for the AppleCare which I will need for sure. (novice)
 

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I just purchased the new computer because my 20" IMac (2008) was to slow for the GOPRO I just bought to film my grandkids. I'm a computer novice in many respects but I wanted the best playback for new videos so I got the upgrade graphics card. Now i'm wondering if I will really need it when I make the exchange I was lucky to get.

To be honest (if you are talking about exchanging the computer)…for the computer tasks you mentioned…you would be fine with a lot lot less computer. No way you need the new 27" retina iMac.

I mean of course get it if that's what you want.:) But you don't NEED this much computer for viewing videos. Any low-end computer Apple sells would do this just fine.:)

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