iMac 21" - upgrade to i7 or 16gb

Discussion in 'iMac' started by copydeskcat, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. copydeskcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    Thinking on getting an iMac 21" with the 1GB on-board nVidia graphics. This would be a video editing machine (videos of around 5-10mins in length with effects).

    If you could only choose between one of two upgrades, would you upgrade to: the i7 processor or take it up to 16gb of memory?

    Which of the two would give you a better performance boost when editing video?
  2. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
  3. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    am I right in thinking though that whatever memory configuration I go with on the 21", I'm stuck with it?

    I suppose the same could be said for the processor...
  4. macmee Suspended


    Dec 13, 2008
    The CPU of course sounds like the better upgrade to me. A better CPU and even 8GB of ram would be sufficient.
  5. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    If you can wait, save up and upgrade both. If not the CPU will be more important. Rendering effects, exporting the videos etc. All CPU intensive.
  6. Skittery Badger macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2014
    You're correct that the ram cannot be upgraded in the 21" model. At least not easily.

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