iMac 21.5, which one ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lcaraffa, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. lcaraffa macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2010
    Hi guys, I'm pretty new in this fantastic forum full of precious information !
    I'm going to buy my first iMac (after several years as Windows user) but I'm a little bit confused on the 21.5'' model to buy.
    Actually I use my pc in order to do mainly Photoshop retouching, some video editing and very little gaming.
    Do you think I can buy the base model or do I need the one with ATI HD 4670 ?
    Is this card really better than the on-board 9400 ?
    Many thanks for your help !
  2. AdamA9 macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    I went for the higher spec 21.5" with 1TB of storage in it as like you, I edit a lot of photos and video :) No complaints with it so far.
  3. lcaraffa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2010
    I don't know if the GPU is involved during 2D retouch or video editing.
    As I said I'm not a gamer so maybe the 21.5 base one is enough for me...
  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Until last November I used a 3 year old 20" iMac which had no trouble with Photoshop, some video, and no games (but ran CAD software under Parallels, which was sortof like a game). Since the 21.5" base model is better/faster in every way, I can't see you having a problem. FYI, I ended up buying the 27" top-end model as a splurge.

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