Have a 3 year old iMac, considering buying new. Questions.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by poorlytoldjoke, May 30, 2011.

  1. poorlytoldjoke macrumors newbie

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    Here's what I have. I have the 24" 3.06 Core 2 duo with 4 gigs of ram. I am considering buying the new 27" top end iMac, with the i5 processor, possibly upgrading ti the i7.

    What sort of speed increase should I be seeing? Is this a worthwhile upgrade? I think I can likely sell my current iMac for around 800-1000. I was doing freelance graphic design and A/V work, but haven't in a while. I was hoping to step back towards that.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Repo macrumors 6502a

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  3. mackage macrumors 6502

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    It would help others to answer this if you could ellaborate on your current computer use.
     
  4. poorlytoldjoke thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, like I said, I'm planning on getting back to freelance graphic design, audio and video work. Specifically editing and scoring short pieces, typically less than 5 minutes, but up to 20. Mainly using Final Cut Pro and Protools.
     
  5. veteq macrumors member

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    I just replaced my 3 year old iMac with the 27" i7. I use mine mostly for photo editing and the difference in speed is very noticeable, I am glad I got the i7 CPU.
     
  6. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    I *am* running my own design studio -- doing a bunch of 24-48 page publications, posters, bus shelters, brochures, PPT presentations a few web sites and plenty of collateral material -- all on a 2.4 24" iMac.

    No problems whatsoever.

    If you have the money to blow, sure, it will be faster -- thats a given.

    Cost effective? Im going to say "no" -- unless of course you spend most days waiting on it.

    If thats a March 09 iMac you could go to 8 gigs of ram.
     

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