New 21.5 iMac model 1 or model 2

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  1. mt0trip macrumors newbie

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    Not certain, which 21.5 imac to get. I am not a gamer, but do want to do photo editing, music, video editiing, DVD creation. Do I need the better graphics card that comes with the 21.5 level 2 or is the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics good enough for what I want to do?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you're video editing is something with iMovie, 9400M will be fine
     
  3. danners macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking the same thing... i have a macbook with the nivida 9400 and some of the basic editing i find takes a loooong time so i dont know how well it would go with a desktop.
     
  4. maclook macrumors 65816

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    what do you use? im wondering how it does with final cut pro or adobe premiere
     
  5. The Samurai macrumors 68000

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    The ATI graphics card would be beneficial for which kind of apps?
     
  6. opera57 macrumors 6502

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    Yea model 1 will be fine unless you are doing gaming really. The 9400m is actually quite a capable chip and will be able to manage some casual gaming anyway, and will definitely be able to manage everything you want to do! [​IMG]
     
  7. cloudmac macrumors newbie

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    Which model

    I ordered the mod 2 21.5" with the 3.33, 8 Ram and ATI card. I think the model one would handle most of what I do but decided to try and future proof the machine for at least 2-3 years. Never sure what I might be doing with it 2 years from now.
     
  8. stonemann macrumors regular

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    According to the Apple website:

    "The ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics processor delivers up to 4x faster performance than the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M — ideal for 3D games and graphics-intensive applications."

    Whether the graphics card plus the extra hard drive space justifies an additional £250 is a tough call. That's the only difference as far as I can tell.
     
  9. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    I recommend the upper model. The graphics card is a nice addition, plus the extra hard drive space will come in handy. It may sound like a lot now, but wait a few years.
     
  10. danners macrumors newbie

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    late 08 aluminium macbook
     
  11. stonemann macrumors regular

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    More RAM or Faster Processor?

    Am leaning towards the higher end of the two base models myself with the ATI 4670 card. I noticed that for an extra £150 it's possible to either get a faster processor - 3.33GHZ as opposed to 3.06GHZ. Alternatively, for the same money it's possible to double RAM from to 8GB to 16GB.

    My question is which is the better investment: a faster processor or double the RAM? I'm particularly interested in how this would affect, say, video editing.
     
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...double the RAM will be a better investment than moving from the 3.06 ---> 3.33 CPU... if they are the same price....
     
  13. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    I disagree. You can always add the RAM later, but you are stuck with the CPU. Most people will do fine with 4 gigs of RAM right now.
     
  14. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

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    That's exactly the point why upgrading a processor makes much more sense than upgrading RAM.
     

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