New iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hajdoki, May 28, 2011.

  1. hajdoki macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    Hows it going...Im looking to get a new iMac but im stuck on the one I'm looking to get. Here are the choices.

    21.5 inch
    2.8 i7
    4 gigs
    1 TB
    AMD 6770 512


    27 inch
    3.1 i5
    4 gigs
    AMD HD 6970 1 Gb

    I do mainly FCP editing with some video games, to keep in dorm room.
  2. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    Go with the second choice if its still under your budget. You'll appreciate the extra CPU power for editing/rendering and the GPU power for gaming.
  3. Bat6111 macrumors member


    Dec 22, 2009
    New York
    Plus...better get core i7 too, you need it when you render your FCP project.
  4. Sunday Ironfoot macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    So you've basically asked us "I'm getting a new car, my choices are:

    Ford Fiesta

    BMW M3

    I'm getting it because I really like driving"

    ...well obviously get M3 (27" iMac) then :D
  5. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2011
    The second choice with the AMD HD 6970 2GB and i7. To get faster rendering, the i7 will REALLY help. Of course this option costs about $2500, but I think this machine will last you for a great amount of time, without the need to upgrade very soon. If this is within your budget, go for it. If your a little off, I would honestly save up for this configuration.

    Good Luck on your choice!
  6. hajdoki thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    My understanding the i7 processor is better than the i5 processor especially when it comes to FCP and stuff like that. Honestly I wouldn't do much gaming (roller coaster tycoon :p) but mainly editing videos and stuff like that.

    The 27 with the i7 comes out to be $2,398.00

    The 21.5 with the i7 comes to be $1,898.00

    Will the 500$ be worth it? (prices with warranty)
  7. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The extra screen estate is a huge plus when working with FCP. IMO the 27" is worth it due to the screen size. You also get a better GPU which should help with some FCS apps (such as Color is pretty GPU intensive from what I have heard).
  8. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Here in lies the biggest piece of information needed to make that decision. How big is the dorm room? Will the 27" Monitor fit without issues?
  9. hajdoki thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    What if I only do basic editing? Nothing really extensive. Maybe some Effects in the future when I teach myself :) are the type of videos I work on atm

    Basically the question is that, will the i7 21.5 inch disappoint any of my needs?
    I game on the ps3 when it comes to new games, I play old school games on bootcamp windows. FCP editing short youtube films and maybe eventually use aftereffects.

    @ Bear lol good point, I still plan to have a 32 inch HDTV somewhere for my ps3 :p Handbook 10-11 final.pdf
  10. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Bottom Line: If you can afford the extra $$$ go for the i7 27". Better performance, gaming, rendering etc. Also better lock on your resale value down the road, just something to think about.
    While the i7 27" real estate is a real +++++ the 21" is not a skimpy machine either and may well serve your purpose if you are going to have a 32" HDTV in your room as well for gaming etc.
    For most people the i7 is overkill in that the programs they use do not take full advantage of the quad core gpu.
  11. hajdoki thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011

    I was looking at benchmarks test between the various cpus available for the imac.

    Can someone pinpoint the 2.8 ghz i7 avail for 21.5
    vs the 3.1 ghz i5 and 3.4 ghz i7 avail for the 27

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