I7 or 8gig

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JoshuaMars, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. JoshuaMars macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2011
    About to buy a new IMAC and trying to work out which would be more beneficial for me. Wanting to do video editing mostly. No gaming.

    a) Go up to an I7 from I5
    b) Go up to 8gig from 4gig

    Thanks in advance.

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Get the i7, as you can upgrade the RAM later on when you have the funds.
    It also depends what editing application you use with what kind of footage, as iMovie, Final Cut Pro (not X) and Avid MC are still 32-bit, thus not able to use more than 4GB of RAM.
  3. Barnzee macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Never buy ram through apple its overpriced. buy it from crucial, newegg, OWC, or something like that. I would pick the better CPU, and upgrade the RAM later myself.
  4. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Go with the i7 Apple overcharges for ram, and you can upgrade that later. Plus for now 4GB should be enough.
  5. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    Upgrade the processor to i7. Apple's RAMs are overpriced, you can get it from Crucial or Newegg.
  6. ann713 macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2008
    Get the i7 at checkout as the processor cannot be upgraded later on. The ram is easily obtainable in the future, as needed.
  7. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    Virginia, USA
    when buying my new MBP.. I got every upgrade. I know I could have gotten the upgrade cheaper somewhere else.. but since I put it on the financing card.. and with the student discount... I didn't feel too bad about it. My friend just upgraded his 2011 MBP to 8GB ram for $80 on NewEgg.
  8. Dwee8le macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Simple question = simple answer. Always go for a better processor. You can change the amount of RAM in almost all iMacs, Macbooks, Macbook Pros of every generation, but you cannot change the CPU, so choose the best CPU you can afford.
    This rule is NOT for the Macbook AIR though, because the RAM is soldered to the motherboard on that one, so you have to choose the one with the right amount of RAM for your use.

    But again, for an iMac? Always go for the better processor! Buy one cup of coffee less every day and buy another set of 4GB RAM in a month or so :eek:
  9. SPBMacintosh macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2011
    the processor cant be changed whereas the ram can [​IMG] that makes it simple. get the i7 and then later, IF need be, buy some ram but not from apple, get it from places listed above
  10. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I would agree with everyone here....get the i7, because you won't be able to upgrade your processor later, and you can always add more RAM when you have the funds later. You will be able to enjoy the speed of the i7 and run pretty much everything for the time being (save heavy Adobe use, Pro Editing, etc that needs the RAM)...you can always upgrade to 8GB or 16GB for a couple hundred bucks later on...I am about to get the new iMac as well for my office, and I am going with the 3.4GHz i7 model, and I will upgrade the RAM later too.
  11. mrcold213 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    Get the i7, you can get ram upgrade later on and it will be cheaper.

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