Which imac do I need for editing HD video with Final Cut Express 4?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kelster21, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. kelster21 macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    I'm trying to decide which of these is my best option for editing HD video in Final Cut Express 4. I currently have an imac but need to upgrade.

    3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    4 GB memory
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400 graphics

    Both of these are the same price, $1,419.00. Any suggestions?

    Option 1
    (refurb) iMac 27-inch 2.8GHz Intel Quad-Core i5 processor
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics with 1GB memory

    Option 2
    (refurb) iMac 27-inch 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory

  2. dylin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2010
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    Don't know too much about final cut express and how it utilizes RAM or if it will make use of all cores but since both are the same price I would settle for the 2.7 ghz model considering it is a sandy CPU which performs much better than the previous generation.
  3. kelster21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    2nd the 2.7GHz. It has better graphics. Faster at least and you wont need more than 512MB for 20" screen.

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