iMac i7 for Final Cut Studio/CS5 - is it fast enough?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by deaathleopards, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. deaathleopards macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2009
    I'm trying to learn FCS/After Effects but, don't know if the iMac I'm looking at will be powerful enough to run it. If I had an SSD for software/the other internal HDD as a scratch disk, how well would the system run for compositing/editing 1080p video?

    I'd appreciate any help you guys can give - I'm desperate to buy this mac before the new semester begins (next monday)

    2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (International English) and User Guide (English)
    Magic Mouse + Magic Trackpad
    Apple Battery Charger
    AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac- Auto-enroll
  2. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    Yes, it would be a great machine for those purposes, especially with the SSD.
  3. OatmealRocks macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    I'm interested to know as well. Looking @ ur signature,, you placed basically the same order as me. I just ordered 4GB elsewhere.

    I wanna increase my CS5 photoshop skills but I will start venturing into video soon. I suspect it will be fine. Worst case you could get SSD connnected externally via Firewire. i don't plan on taking my imac apart.
  4. nutritious macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2008
    obviously fast enough, but most people don't have a clue here
  5. deaathleopards thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2009
    So you think the SSD is worth it for my uses? I was kind of mixed ($1040 AUD = rape) but, if it means I can have an internal scratch and, a faster system I guess it's the only option.
  6. deaathleopards thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2009
    I don't know a thing about hardware, hence why I'm so scared of making a decision - I don't want to buy this mac then, go "oh, I can't composite video without waiting a two minutes for 7 seconds to render."

    I know still images will be fine but I'm only beginning in video.
  7. Knives macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    Shouldn't all of the current imac models be fast enough to run FCS?
  8. deaathleopards thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2009
    Final Cut Pro will be fine no doubt. Motion however is really concerning me since it seems to be a resources whore (that said, I only have experience from a 2.4ghz core 2 duo 15" MBP)
  9. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    Actually the SSD is pretty much same cost as buying one retail in this case (which is an Apple miracle). The 256 gb crucial SSD's are 699. So bravo to Apple on that one.

    If you value fantastic speeds in your machine, any SSD is worth it. I had one in Windows 7, and EVERYTHING was instant. Open photoshop? Click, boom, use. Literally. It makes your machine move more at the speed of your thought than was previously possible.
  10. deaathleopards thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2009
    Thanks! :D You've just made my decision 100 times easier!

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