Shopping for a new Imac need advice :D

Discussion in 'iMac' started by arabican, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. arabican, Jan 4, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012

    arabican macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2012
    This is my first post so let me also introduce my self and my needs
    basically im an amateur photographer and im getting into video. i currently own a early 2008 Imac runs like a champ but iTs outdated, right now it can barely open Finalcut X and i cant install Adobe premier or after effects Cs5, so all my videos are done on Imovie.. and i feel like its holding me back

    i don't know if i should wait for the refreshed Imac or buy it now... but i need to start doing more videos because my girlfriend and i are trying to start a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico, we made one video and it was a hit so we don't want to loose attention and keep people interested in our project

    here is our video:

    and here are a couple of others I have done in the past:

    right now im intrested in the 27" model

    3.4GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core4GB (2x2GB) RAM1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive8x SuperDrive DVD Burner, SDXC Card SlotAMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GPU27" LED Backlit Widescreen DisplayFaceTime HD CameraBluetooth 2.1+EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-

    and later upgrading memory to 8gb or 16gb

    i would appreciate any advice and help thanks in advance
  2. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
  3. arabican thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2012
    I know but i want to know if its a huge difference between the base 27" and the specs im posting.... is it worth the price diference
  4. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    i5 2.7GHz: 7863
    i5 3.1GHz: 8428
    i7 3.4GHz: 11602

    Early 2008:
    2.4GHz: 3220
    2.8GHz: 3728
    3.06GHz: 3995

    Also the 6970m would be better suited for the OpenCL aspects of Final Cut and for general longevity. For video I would only think about the 3.4GHz i7. The hyperthreading will help tons with conversion as well (think Handbrake, Compressor)
  6. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2011
    I can attest to that machine's excellence in video handling and editing.

    I have the specs you posted (2011 3.4 i7 + 6970m 2gVram), plus I added an extra 8g ram (so 12 total) and even compared to the MacPro I use to edit video at work, the iMac is smooth as butter.

    I shoot 1080x1900 on a Canon 60D and I never wait for anything in editing and the exports and compression are amazingly fast.

    Use MPEG Streamclip instead of Compressor though. It makes far better use of the resources in the rig.

    In short: buy buy buy. I am extremely satisfied with the machine.
  7. arabican thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2012
    Thanks for the advice, i think im going for the exact Specs and then add 16Gb if ram thanx
  8. Maximal macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
  9. ndriver182 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    Semi-on-topic... like your recent video. Pretty cool.

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