Last bit of help before buying!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tictaktwonk101, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. tictaktwonk101 macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2012
    Just need some advice before I go for it and order my mac!!!

    I only have £1500 to spend max!!

    What Im going to be doing is short films and messing around on FCPX, motion and hopefully after effects. No pro work just things to keep me amused but the Mbp I have at the moment just can't cut ( 13" 2.3Ghz dual i5 4G ram)

    I know the top spec 27" would be best but which of the other would be best? But would the following still do an ok job?

    Base 27" no add ons
    21.5" 2.9Ghz model with 16G ram
    Base 21.5" with 16G ram and fusion drive

    Or are there other options I have not thought of?
  2. itsamacthing macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2011
    why don't you get last years model and upgrade the drives? Like 2011, 27 inch, i7, buy after market memory and drives.
  3. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I agree with itsamacthing. For FCPX and friends you really want as many cores as possible, so get an i7 processor. And the 27" display works wonders. If you can't find a refurbished 2011 27" i7 refurbished, look for one used.

    If you do buy a 2012, don't bother with the Fusion drive as the video files will be so big you won't get any advantage to the SSD.

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