Which iMac for Photo Editing?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by joeturner11, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. joeturner11 macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2014
    Looking to get a iMac for photo editing for my office i.e Lightroom & Photoshop use with Nikon D800 files, these three options I'am looking at are all refurb and come with 12month warranty. Which would you go for?

    Option 1 (£749.00) :

    Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz, 16GB RAM, 500gb HDD, Radeon HD 4670, 21.5inch Screen

    Option 2 (£849.00) :

    Intel Core i3 3.2GHz, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD, ATI Radeon HD 5670 Graphics, 21.5inch Screen

    Option 3 (£899.00) :

    Intel Quad Core i5-3330S 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, MODEL 21.5inch Slim Line Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB

    Thanks in advance :)

  2. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Since you seem unsure of your own ability to choose, I will recommend option 3. Go for all the power you can get!
  3. joeturner11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2014
    I not unsure well kinda :D Just these three options have the best options of different things, as the one has mainly RAM the other a good processor and decent ram and the other in the middle of the two...
  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I wont tell you what to get but I will say there are some things to consider before making your final purchase -

    Photoshop LOVES RAM and given your camera and most likely working on RAW(NEF) files, the more RAM the better as RAW files can be rather large and depending on edits, a fair amount of "history" built up in the app.

    To get the most out of images, you will want to create a colour profile for your iMac choice. (Some refer to it as software calibration.) You'll want to consider a good 3rd party tool such as Spyder, Munki etc. You may want to investigate which tool works best with an iMac (from your options).
  5. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Option 2, a balance machine is better than a machine with bottleneck at somewhere.

    Option 1 the CPU is weak.

    Option 3 too less RAM for photoshop.

    12G RAM is good for photoshop. Of course, the more the better, but the performance increase from 12G to 16G is not that much.

    And the i3 CPU has quite good clock frequency with 4T available.

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