Is the basic iMac enough for me?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mikejefferson3, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. mikejefferson3 macrumors newbie

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    So, in the new year I will need to do some video editing for the football club that I help run. We want to start putting up coaching videos on YouTube, so putting together video clips, voice over, slow mo, diagrams, highlighting players, etc.

    I'm completely new to this all so would be very basic to begin with but I'm hoping to improve my skills as I start to get used to it.

    I looked at the iMac but really put off by the HDD and the fusion is only 24gb SSD - seems like it would barely be enough and then suddenly the price is getting more and more expensive?

    What would be best for my needs if I'd like to spend as little as possible whilst being able to do the above smoothly? I don't particularly need to do anything on the move so desktop or laptop is fine. Would like it to last the test of time too.

    Happy with refurbished but how old is too old? I currently have 16gb Mac Pro with 4TB HDD but it is so old now that no software supports it anymore.
     
  2. iDento macrumors 6502

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    The base iMac is ok if you're patient, it will get the job done with iMovie if you shoot 1080p but be aware that the processor is not powerful enough to do the editing fast. For 200$ more you can get a much more powerful processor and a better GPU though.

    If you're in a budget, I suggest you consider the 699$ Mac Mini and upgrade the SDD, that will bring the total price to 899$ considering you have a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    "I looked at the iMac but really put off by the HDD and the fusion is only 24gb SSD - seems like it would barely be enough and then suddenly the price is getting more and more expensive?"

    1tb fusion iMac has a 24gb SSD portion and a 1tb 7200rpm HDD portion.

    2tb fusion iMac has a 128gb SSD portion and a 2tb 7200rpm HDD portion.

    A big difference.

    If you're going to get an iMac, get the 27" model. Worth the extra money.
     
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  5. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    And I would never want anything less than 24". What's your point, other than stating a rather unhelpful personal preference?
     
  6. iDento macrumors 6502

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    Although my current HP screen is an 1080p 23' and I think it's almost perfect, I don't see why I won't adjust to a 27' one, especially if its a thrilling 5K!
     
  7. jaduff46 macrumors regular

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    Bought a 27" iMac in 2010 (non-Retina) and it's still a wonderful experience.
     
  8. gmm421 macrumors newbie

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    Get at least a 256GB SSD, and use an external drive for any additional storage needs. I don't think the 2015 iMac 21.5" models can be upgraded (per OWC https://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/), so future-proof your purchase if it can't be upgraded.
     
  9. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    I've been itching to get one... can't justify it.
     
  10. blesscheese, Dec 30, 2016
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    ^^ I agree with the above. FYI, video editing will go faster if you have more cores. I believe having the quad-core i5 ($200 more) would be a real help, in your case. That brings the cost up to $1299. Be aware, as iDento pointed out, if you are on a budget the Mac Mini may be the way to go. While you would still only get the dual core, if you already have a monitor, then you can save some money that way.
     
  11. iDento macrumors 6502

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    Isn't that exactly what I've been saying? :rolleyes:
     
  12. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

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    I should have said that I was responding back to the OP, and agreeing with you. I think it always helps the OP to see that there are multiple people converging on the same ideas. I'll go edit that now...
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    One option is to run OS X off a USB3 external SSD. I'm basically doing that (for other reasons), and so you have great SSD performance and not constrained by the slower 1TB slow HD or the tiny 24GB flash drive
     

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