Need Help One iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Itzmemark, May 27, 2012.

  1. Itzmemark macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2012
    Okay here is the deal I figured a bottom of the line iMac would suit my needs then I went and bought a new go pro hd hero 2. With that being said I will be putting together movies now which I would have not been previously. I am heading to Hawaii in July and plan on shooting A LOT of video..... I am completely new to any of that so I was wondering if some one more knowledgable about this could give me an idea of what specs would be ideal for me. Thank you in advance. Also I will be getting a 27in....
  2. Itzmemark thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2012
    lets say around 2000-2500 if absolutely needed I can go higher but I am in college and that will be the main use of the computer.
  3. TonsOfFun420 macrumors member

    May 10, 2012
    I edit GoPro HD Hero1 footage on my bottom of the line 27" iMac, mid 2011 2.7ghz i5 with Final Cut Pro X and it does pretty well, it does bog down here and there if the editing gets really intensive, and I have thought of upgrading from 4gb of ram to 8 or 12 because of this. But it does get the job done, and if you are planning on just using iMovie it should be fine.

    btw if you wanna see my videos:
  4. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Regardless of the model.... max out the RAM as much as possible. Nothing will make as big an improvement in performance as adequate RAM. Fastest processor made still needs to sit idle if what it is rendering is stuck in the mud being transferred from the HDD.
  5. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I have the high end 21.5" model iMac with an upgrade to the i7 and it does video editing the level you are discussing with relative ease. If you go with the bottom line 27" you won't have an i7 but an i5 will do, especially with the stronger GPU.

    I would say get the base-line 27" if you really want the screen size or do what I did and get the top-end 21.5" with an upgrade to the i7. Both cost around the same amount so you're paying for the screen size and slightly better GPU, your choice.

    In either case though I would buy 8GB (2x4GB) of third party RAM and add that. It can be had for 50 bucks or less. Any of these would do the job. The reason I say 8GB rather than just another 4 is because I did that and regret it now. If I want to max my iMac out with 16GB (technically the max is 32 but let's go with what apple says) I have to buy a full 16GB kit rather than just another 8GB one. With 8GB of RAM added onto the stock 4GB you'll have more than enough RAM for your needs and for a ration of the price apple charges.

    Regardless of what you choose, enjoy the new iMac, they are great machines.

    P.S though, if you don't mind waiting the new iMac's should be coming out within the next month and should have some nice additions that the current lineup is lacking. Just some food for thought though. The current ones are still more than powerful for what you want.

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