FCPX and older imacs

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by TrishVroomWarren, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. TrishVroomWarren macrumors newbie

    TrishVroomWarren

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    I have a late 2012 27 inch imac with 24 GB ram which I have been using very well with FCPX. In the Oct upgrade - I noticed that my video card will not work for 3D graphics. And also it has been crashing.
    I am wondering if you know if it is possible to upgrade the video card on an imac.
    Or if I need to get a new imac?
     
  2. MarsViolet macrumors 6502

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    There's no way to upgrade the video card, but Apple would love to sell you another iMac.
     
  3. TrishVroomWarren thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what if i purchased the mac mini, could I use my imac as a monitor, and would it work with FCPX?
     
  4. MarsViolet macrumors 6502

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    FCPX would run on the Mini, but the Mini is slower than the iMac — fewer cores and no discrete graphics — and also not expandable.

    Recent iMacs don't work in Target Display Mode, but I think yours might.

    Apple has carefully designed things so that your only viable upgrade path is to buy a new iMac. Frustrating, I know.
     
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    TrishVroomWarren

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    heavy sigh....
    I am wondering - what should I sell my imac for? What is it worth? Attached is info. it as has a 1 TB HD FullSizeRender copy.jpg
     
  6. MarsViolet macrumors 6502

    MarsViolet

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    It's tough to say, but an eBay search can yield some clues.

    Why do you think your current iMac wouldn't be able to do 3D work? I've done 3D stuff using a 2012 Mac Mini with just its basic integrated graphics chip. What app were you thinking of using?
     
  7. joema2 macrumors 65816

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    Your iMac isn't that slow, and it has plenty of RAM. However it was equipped with the bottom end GPU option. If it had been the mid-range or top GPU option it would be perfectly usable. I guess that's a lesson for the future :)

    The cheapest route is probably getting a 2013 through 2015 pre-owned iMac 27 with a better GPU. If you do that, I'd also suggestion getting one with Fusion Drive or SSD, not a regular spinning hard drive.

    If you look on the Apple refurbished site, there are several possibilities: http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/imac/27

    The retina iMacs have a much clearer display, which is very apparent on text.
     

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