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

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    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.

    Current
    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

    dylin

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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.
     
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  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

    derbothaus

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    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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