Screenless iMac for Video Editing

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gkarris, May 19, 2007.

  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Well, I need to get a Mac for church for video editing (the person letting us use his PM G5 is leaving for grad school).

    The iMacs have a monitor built in (we'd like to get a separate one) and the Mac Pros are too much money...

    Here we go again, looking for a Mac tower that's iMac specs but without the monitor....

    What to do in the meantime - assuming what's out now is what we have to purchase?

    Have about $1000, then have to buy software - maybe FC Studio....
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    You can't even hardly get an iMac at $1000. Looks like it's either a low end iMac (which you don't want from what I read in your post) or a Mac Mini.
     
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  4. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    You are limiting based on price. Do some fundraising at church. Have the kids do a special offering with baskets. Couple weeks of that and you'll have enough to get a good setup. You'll be happier in the long run with the results. Ya just gotta ask the saints... :D
     
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    You either need to gather more money or be ready to take a slower machine.
     
  7. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    imac core duo 1.66 with 2GB of ram will be enough for what your doing, more powerful than a powermac and the IGP is not a problem for video editing, you also save the planet a little with its extreamly low power requirement.
     
  8. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    I think this poster meant Mac mini.

    And you really can't beat the value of the 17" or 20" iMac. Why do you want a separate monitor? The monitor in the 20" iMac is spectacular and the 17" is acceptable... certainly more than you'll get for $150-$200 anywhere else. Apart from the monitor, you're getting a faster CPU, bigger hard drive and 1GB RAM standard, not to mention the Radeon chip which will help for previewing your effects.
     
  9. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    I agree, you can't really beat the price-value of the iMac. Why do you need a separate monitor?
     
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    As has been said, go for a Mac mini. The integrated graphics will only 'suck' for Motion and Color. Everything else, and the graphics chip doesn't accelerate squat.
     
  11. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks.

    I'm going to budget for an iMac refurb, and in Oct. when we are ready to buy (our budget year matches the schools', Sept. to following Aug.), either there will be a new mid range "tower" or a Mini that can run Funal Cut Studio. If neither, then a refurbished iMac will do for now.
     

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