What are the i3 chips in the new iMac capable of handling?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rmlred, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. rmlred macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking of buying a iMac and using it mainly for editing 2-3 minute promo videos for a promotion company.

    So basically the iMacs main purpose would be running these programs 90% of the time:
    Final Cut Express
    Safari
    iTunes
    Preview

    And these programs would be running rarely, but it does happen:
    Skype
    iChat
    Microsoft Messenger
    Photoshop

    Will the i3 with 4GB of RAM work flawlessly and not lag, or do I need to upgrade it to the i5?
     
  2. AnimaLeo macrumors 6502

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    From what I've been told the CPU bump will get you 10% faster rendering speeds. So if you're rendering out a video on an i3 that will take 1 hour to do, if you have the i5 it will take 55 minuets. I don't really see the point in the upgrade. But then again, I won't be using the machine for work. Basically it might be worth it to you because time = money for you.

    Edit:

    I think what's more important is more RAM and a fast hard drive. So you might want to think about spending that money on buying more RAM instead of bumping up the CPU.

    Buying the i5 'futureproofs' you a little bit. But I personally don't buy into all that. There will always be something better/faster coming out.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Always Barefeats... to see where CPU/GPUs stack up against one another.

    http://www.barefeats.com/imac10o.html

    And the [​IMG] button at the Apple store to see if you can stretch out the cash and grab the next CPU/GPU upgrade by going refurb.
     

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