Which imac should I get?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by WorldTravelBro, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. WorldTravelBro macrumors member

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    At the moment I only edit 1920 x 1080p video files. I make video effects etc.. I am also a graphic and web designer/coder.

    What is my best option?
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Pick whatever screen size you want. Then add on 16GB if getting a 21 or 32 if getting a 27 inch. Personally I would do a SSD and a Thunderbolt scratch disk. Otherwise, you could get a hybrid drive to ensure great speed.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Personally, if you can swing the 27" iMac then go for that - its a gorgeous screen.

    I'd go for the 27-inch: 3.2GHz with 16Gb of ram
     
  4. WorldTravelBro thread starter macrumors member

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    What is a scratch disk? Is it something I need to purchase and setup?
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    A scratch disk is a drive where temporary files go when working on photos or videos. By default, a computer will use the drive that the program is installed on as a scratch drive. It is important on large files to have scratch space. For instance, if I was working on an advanced Photoshop document with many layers and complex graphics, then Photoshop will use the scratch disk as swap space.
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    You mean the 3.4GHz i5-4670, don't you?

    Since he does video, I think he should use an i7 instead. The hyper threading capabilities of the i7 will be useful in video.

    The ergonomics of the 27" may not be the best though. I suggest a maxed out 21.5", pure SSD.
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The i7 would definitely be a nice boost in power. However, the i5 is no slouch by any measure. I have used both iMacs and I personally like the 27", but everyone has their own preference. In my opinion the 24" they used to make was the sweet spot.
     
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