How important is Quad core? (iMac)

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

  1. micahPRT macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    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...
  2. Gold89 macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2008
    For video editing you definitely want the Quad Core.

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