iMac - Final Cut and After Effects CS3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by shanghaicanuck, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. shanghaicanuck macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2007
    Hey guys, I've been doing tons of research on this site about the new iMac and have a couple questions:

    First of all, I'm looking to purchase the iMac primarily to use Adobe After Effects CS3 and the Final Cut Studio 2 package. Clearly, I would prefer to have as much RAM as possible in order to fully take advantage of these programs, but I'm not sure whether the $700 price tag is worth it to upgrade from 2 gigs to 4 gigs.

    I've also heard that a scratch disk would be a good idea. Any thoughts on specific drives that would be useful for such a task?

    Lastly, I'm also considering whether the difference between the 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and the 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme is worth the extra $500 (although I certainly could use the extra hard drive space provided for video editing).

    Any thoughts about this situation would be greatly appreciated, as I simply wish to run After Effects and Final Cut relatively quickly with shorter rendering periods. Thanks! :D
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    You can opt for the $1799 U.S model and just upgrade the processor to 2.8Ghz and save about half the cost. Never buy Apple's ram as it's just overpriced for whatever reason. I bought my ram (which works flawlessly) from and the price was $260 for 4GB including tax and shipping.
    For the apps you are running any of the current Core 2 models will be fine however you can't lose with maxed out ram and the fastest processor.

    You certainly can't say, "Oh the processor is way too fast, I should've gotten the slower one). LOL. :)
  3. shanghaicanuck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2007
    Cool, thanks! Good point about the CPU ;) I'm a pretty huge noob when it comes to installing RAM purchased from a third-party. What would be the best way to do this? Would I order a model with 1 GB of RAM, then buy 4 gigs elsewhere and replace the 1 with the 4? (Yes, this is a super-noob question, but hey I gotta learn somehow heh).
  4. divedude macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2007
    Yes, that is what I did. It is easy to swap the ram, the manual tells you how.
  5. shanghaicanuck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2007
  6. shanghaicanuck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2007
  7. jersey macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    Look at For your set up, 4gigs (2 2gb chips) is $195. No, its not a huge difference, but its enough to cover shipping.

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