Base 21.5" imac and Lightroom 4 / CS6???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BXPhoto, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. BXPhoto macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    Hey guys so my wife and I recently split up. Along with one of the cars she also took my primary editing PC as we are both professional photographers. Im on somewhat of a budget and have been eye-balling the Imac's for about a year now. Im currently attempting to run LR4 on my 4 year old MBP duo core and it is a pain in the rear. There is no way that this MBP could batch process let alone handle most of my file sizes. Plus I need atleast a 20" screen to edit on.

    My primary needs are to be able to batch process an average of 1000+ raw images into JPEGs with minimal editing from my events. I don't game at all on a computer. So a GPU isn't of any importance to me. I just need an affordable mac and in a hurry. The base 2011 Imac is right up my alley. Plus BestBuy gives me 60 days to try a product or replace it if a new one is released.

    My game plan is a 2011 base imac with a ram upgrade to 16gb. Then backup to thunderbolt externals. Also if I decide to later down the road, exchange upto a 27", is the ram compatible between the 2 models?
  2. joelk2 macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010

    although i have no actual experience with the imacs i have a 2010 macbook which runs lightroom 4 fine so the 21.5" base should breeze though it.

    you mention minimal editing anyway.

    the ram is compatible between the 2 machines see the below taken from apple site here.

    Applicable models
    iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011)
    iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
    iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010)
    iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010)
    iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
    iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

    Memory specifications
    These iMac models have these memory specifications:

    Number of memory slots 4
    Base memory 4 GB (but is configured to order)
    Maximum memory 16 GB
    Note: For the iMac (Late 2009) models, you can use 2 GB or 4 GB RAM SO-DIMMs of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM in each slot. For the iMac (Mid 2010) and iMac (Mid 2011) models, use 2 GB or 4 GB RAM SO-DIMMs of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM in each slot.
  3. BXPhoto thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    thanks guys. I actually just got home from best buy and got an openbox 27" for 1510.14 with tax (1396.99 before taxes)... couldnt pass it up and its obviously considered new to apple.

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