iMac 21.5, which one ?

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

  1. lcaraffa macrumors newbie

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    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 !
    Lorenzo
     
  2. AdamA9 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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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