How important is Quad core? (iMac)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by micahPRT, May 8, 2011.

  1. micahPRT macrumors newbie

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    So the new iMac has 2.5GHz quad-core i5, (I'm looking at the base model) and it is looking pretty sweet to me.

    I could, however snatch up a refurb 3.2, i3, 21.5 for cheaper, or a 3.6, i5, 27 for a bit more.

    What on earth is the best idea?

    I am fairly dependent on Final Cut and Compressor on a regular basis... but would the 2.5 Ghz machine slow down the rest of my general computing?

    Here are the refurbs...

    http://store.apple.com/ca/product/FC509LL/A?mco=MTkwMjE3ODQ

    http://store.apple.com/ca/product/G0JM0LL/A?mco=MTkwOTc0MTM
     
  2. Gold89 macrumors 6502

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    For video editing you definitely want the Quad Core.
     

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