Standard Configuration for 27 inch OK?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Trantorite, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Trantorite macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    We'll be buying a 27" iMac soon, and am wondering if the basic off the shelf configuration will be ok. I suspect it will, but don't want to under buy if there are important factors I'm overlooking.

    We do tend to keep tech for a long time, but are moving to Macs from PCs. Most activities will be fairly basic, with some Photoshop, MS Office. We will also want to be able to run Parallels to get to some legacy PC apps. We don't do exotic things like 3D rendering, After Effects, or processing of huge files. We might want to play movies on the iMac though.

    For comparison, our most up to date current machine is a 3 year old Sony laptop with 2 GB ram, a Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz processor, Windows Vista Home Premium, and a 225 GB HD with 85 GB free.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    It's just fine. A RAM upgrade to 8GB might be wise if you're doing a lot Parallels
  3. glennplant macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    i find it perfect, will upgrade ram to either 8gb or 12gb in sept when im back video editing
  4. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    I'll be doing the same "basic home" stuff with NO games and NO parallels (windows) in the back ground. For us, default of 4 Megs should be fine. To "double check", I plan to run iStat utilities and look for bottleneck areas - like memory.


    Advanaced: iStat Menus @

    Basic: iStat Nano @

    If memory seems to struggle under load, I'll install more physical memory. For now, I'll "study the guages" to get a good feel under its hood (sort of speaking).

    iState Menus or iStat Nano might work great for your system as well..

    Good luck...
  5. Trantorite thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    Thanks all. Planning a purchase for this weekend when Mass. has a sales tax holiday.

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