Looking to buy my first iMac...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chief21, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. chief21 macrumors newbie

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    I am looking to buy my first iMac and am looking for some good direction in terms of which one to go with. My wife is a wedding photographer and is in need of a new computer to edit on with Photoshop. She likes the 27" so I figured that's where I would start. The computer will mostly be used to edit pictures (lots and lots of them), regular internet surfing, and some gaming. What do you recommend I go with? How much RAM should I consider getting? Any and all information/suggestions are appreciated!
     
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    You probably only need the i5 but for longevity I would get the i7 3.4 as it is the best deal going for the power you get. Only faster machines are Mac Pros and they cost 4000.00+ and are not that much faster:)
     
  3. NMF macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go with the i7 for the hyperthreading. It's not really necessary now, but if you're doing heavy PhotoShopping then you'll probably want it in a few years.

    As for memory, get the stock 4gb and then order these on Amazon for $50. Bam, 12gb RAM with lifetime warranty.
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5

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    Pro Photography

    And video (music) is what I do.

    See screenshot for spec. This will eat anything you throw at it.
     

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  5. danderton macrumors member

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    upgrade the ram

    I would go for one of the top end processors but hang fire on paying apple for the extra ram. You can get genuine parts for a fraction of the cost and VERY easy to upgrade. Apple allow you to upgrade and not effect your Apple Care
     
  6. N0ddie macrumors 6502

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    +1.

    I'd say buy the highest spec you can afford with the exception of the RAM. Add that later yourself for a lot less. That's what I'll be doing when our 27" iMac arrives next Friday.
     
  7. BarkingGhost macrumors regular

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    And if you do go with the high end maybe consider the Apple Care to cover it for 3 years that you will probably be owning it.
     
  8. N0ddie macrumors 6502

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    Would also recommend this. It aint much money in the grand scheme of things (£2000+ on an iMac) and they are very good.
     
  9. chief21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help and suggestions!

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    Oh and what about the hard drive? Should the 1TB be plenty for what we will use the computer for or should I look at upgrading?
     

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