2011 Imac base vs MBP 2.0 (w/ssd), for video editing

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Drew n macs, May 7, 2011.

  1. Drew n macs macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    I will be getting a new computer soon and would like to do some video editing using a final cut studio X, which computer would be better performance see the upgrades below. While neither is a top of line. I know the mbp with a monitor is quite a bit more $ but if i get than imac I will get a laptop anyways for daily task.

    2011 mbp 15/2.0ghz i7/256 mb video/ upgraded 8gb ram/upgrade vertex 3 ssd

    2011 imac base i5 2.5/512 video/ upgraded 16 gb (if needed)/stock hd

    what are you thoughts? I am open to suggestions and other options. The imac seems to have better graphics but does SSD push the 15 mbp to win? would it be worth extra $ 15 mbp upgraded to 2.2 to get better video card. So where is the power needed for video editing?
  2. cprrowberry macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2010
  3. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Flagstaff, AZ
    IMO a 15" MBP is is the best choice as you'll have a wide range of monitors when your ready to purchase one. Regardless of which MBP you pick, I'd recommend a SSD. As far as Final Cut goes, If the videos you want to edit are family stuff/hobby then go with the 2.0. If these videos make you money then go 2.2.

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