Cheapest iMac suitable for video editing?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Norkusa, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Norkusa, Apr 25, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2013

    Norkusa macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2010
    Grand Rapids, MI
    My girlfriend recently decided to replace her 4yo PC laptop with an iMac, mainly for video editing. Her budget is only around $1500 though, which limits her to the 21.5" iMac's. Would the low-end 2.7GHz model with 16GB ram be suitable for video editing? Or would the 2.9GHz with 8GB ram be just as good/better?

    I'm trying to convince her to spend a little more and get a 27" so she can install the extra memory herself, but she's afraid that it'll be way too big for her.
  2. Ak907Freerider macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
    Check the refurb stuff even a older model is great for video editing. I'm running a 2011 refurb with the 3.4 processor paid $1780 for it it's a 27 inch. So look in refurbs they come flawless and still have same warranty.
  3. AgRacer macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Definitely look at the refurb store. Their are many 27" models available, including the base model for $1529.

    Also a 2011 21" i5 quad core that you can DIY memory upgrade to 16GB for $1,189.

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