iMac i5 or the i7

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  1. iwanttobuyamac macrumors newbie

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    Hi! :)

    Ive been using my i7 macbook air for my last 3 projects, and it is just not doing the job anymore... Im going to need a pretty powerful mac for my next projects and i have decided to buy an Imac 27".

    I am currently looking at 2 separate Imacs and i am wondering which one i should buy, for tough editing-projects.(3d/2d-motion, large-scale interviews/commercials).

    1. Imac 27" 3,2 ghz i5-16Gb Ram and a 3Tb fusiondrive.
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    2.Imac 27" 3,4 ghz i7-16Gb Ram and a 1Tb HDD

    Can anyone help me?:p:apple:
     
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  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Neither.

    Get an i7 with a pure SSD setup.

    You'll need the i7 for its hyper threading capabilities, and an SSD for your I/O intensive operations. It's also going to take up a lot of GPU power, so max out the graphics as well.

    You're going to have to max out almost everything, even if you can't afford it. Consider a refurb if you can't afford it.

    But get nothing less than an i7, pure SSD and maxed out GPU. RAM is self upgradeable.
     
  4. iwanttobuyamac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There is probably going to be a lot of traveling and therefore i'm afraid that an imac is going to be a pain in the ass to drag around... How well does the best upgraded MacBook Pro 15"perform compared to the imac you suggested..?
     
  5. joema2 macrumors 65816

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    A top-spec MBP is about as fast as a 2013 top-spec iMac 27. The 15" retina screen is beautiful and strikingly better than your MBA. The MBP is expensive but worth it.

    Just be clear that your work style actually requires you to do significant editing in the field. If instead you mainly cut some dailies, back up data, etc, your MBA could do that and a 27" retina iMac would be better for heads-down editing back home.

    If you get the MBP, get the top-spec one with the discrete GPU. You'll be very happy with it.
     
  6. Dartanian77 macrumors newbie

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't the iMacs quad core desktop processors and the MBP are dual core Mobile processors? The -M processors have a lot less power and more focused on power saving
     
  7. iwanttobuyamac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All Apple 15" laptops comes with quadcore processors! ;)
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The maxed out 2.8GHz 15" rMBP scores almost identically to the 3.5GHz i7 in the non-retina 27" iMac.

    But I doubt you'd need that much power anyway. The stock high end 15" with 750M should do you fine.

    I've the late-2013 2.6GHz 15" rMBP, maxed out and it's doing my 4K work well.
     
  9. iwanttobuyamac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How well does it handle rendering when you are rendering a 4K project?
     
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Not as smooth as my 12-core nMPs with D700s, but it's pretty good. Very impressive with FCP X.

    But most of the time I still shoot 2K with my Arri though.
     
  11. iwanttobuyamac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I mostly work with Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro! Do you know how well it handles 3d projects and heavy visual-effect work?

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    Also, how is the late-2013 compared to the 2014 model?
     
  12. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Handles everything I throw at it quite well.

    The late-2013 and mid-2014 are identical, besides the 0.2GHz speed bump in the processors which don't make any difference.
     
  13. iwanttobuyamac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks mate! I really appreciate your help :) i think i'll go for the late 2013 2.6 GHz maxed out!
     
  14. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Off the refurb store?

    Make sure it's got the 750M :)
     
  15. iwanttobuyamac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep, i hope they have the one with the 750M at the refurb store, if not i'll have to buy the 2014 one instead..

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    I'm trying to avoid buying a completely new one, so i can save a few bucks..
     
  16. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Refurbs are bloody good. As good or even better than new, since they've had their defects ironed out.
     
  17. iwanttobuyamac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How does the 2.3 GHz late 2013 model perform compared to the 2.6 GHz one?
     
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