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Old Apr 14, 2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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fcpx on baseline imac

I posted this in the imac section but then figured this is probably a better place. I am looking into getting a baseline late 2012 21.5 imac. i will be doing some light editing on fcpx, basically just a short film or music video here and there. nothing to fancy. would the baseline be sufficient for this or would any upgrades be strongly recommended? i only have about $1800 to spend so i dont want to purchase anything additional unless it's going to be a significant improvement for what i am doing. thank you.
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 10:42 AM   #2
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The i7 will be a significant improvement. The i5 will work too, just more slowly.
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 10:58 AM   #3
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How much slower? Everything I will be editing will be on my own time (not work related). So if it's only 10-20% faster I'm wondering if it's worth it.
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 11:34 PM   #4
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You should be fine with the base model, especially if you use proxy media. FCPX is pretty efficient with CPU and GPU usage. I have a rMBP with similar specs and FCPX runs very well.
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i7 with hyperthreading makes a big difference in Final Cut Pro X. If you have double the core count, it will make use of it.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 06:42 AM   #6
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I'm using a 2012 13"MBP 2.5 to edit HD in FCPX right now and it's pretty smooth. Granted I have 16GB RAM and a dual (non-RAID) SSD setup, but it's a sweet smooth ride.

The only time you'll notice the CPU difference is when applying video filters, but with the background rendering its a bit of a non-issue, (for non-pro level stuff).
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