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  1. Mir Nowsher's Avatar
    Here are my options A refurbished iMac 27 8gb I am going to upgrade it to 16 by buy ram not from Apple with an i5 3.5ghz and 570 graphics card saving 100$ and A new iMac with 16gb buying from Apple 21 inch 560 4gb graphics card and a i7 3.6ghz processor 100$ more I will do slow motion video editing at 1080p60fps and run games on a android emulator called nox app player also recording the emulator 1080p60fps I will keep it for 5 to 8 years

    Also wanting to save money much as possible
    05-04-2018 01:31 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Here are my options A refurbished iMac 27 8gb I am going to upgrade it to 16 by buy ram not from Apple with an i5 3.5ghz and 570 graphics card saving 100$ and A new iMac with 16gb buying from Apple 21 inch 560 4gb graphics card and a i7 3.6ghz processor 100$ more I will do slow motion video editing at 1080p60fps and run games on a android emulator called nox app player also recording the emulator 1080p60fps I will keep it for 5 to 8 years

    Also wanting to save money much as possible
    If you can swing the additional $100, go with the new iMac with the i7 processor.
    05-04-2018 01:41 PM
  3. Mir Nowsher's Avatar
    I want to upgrade my ram in the future and it's actually $240 extra and will the refurbished one would handle the stuff I will do? This is a big update from my mid 2007 20 inch to mid 2017 also the 27 one has radeon amd 570 graphics card and the 21 is 560

    27 refurbished from apple 2500$ with tax 21 new from apple 2740$ with tax also they are all from apple's website no third party stuff.
    Last edited by Mir Nowsher; 05-04-2018 at 04:30 PM.
    05-04-2018 04:16 PM
  4. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Video editing is usually CPU and GPU intensive. I think 16 GB of RAM is considered minimum too.

    I'm not sure where the GPU you listed falls into place.

    Can you look up what the recommended specs for the video editing program is? That should give you an idea what machine to look for. If you target the video editing, you can play games with it.
    05-04-2018 04:26 PM
  5. Mir Nowsher's Avatar
    This is all I found not sure if it is recommended or not MY video editor is final cut pro:
    Operating System: OS X v10.10.2 or later.
    RAM: 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing and 3D titles)
    Graphics: OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later.
    VRAM: 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K editing and 3D titles)1.
    Storage Space: 4.15GB of disk space.
    05-04-2018 04:39 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I want to upgrade my ram in the future and it's actually $240 extra and will the refurbished one would handle the stuff I will do? This is a big update from my mid 2007 20 inch to mid 2017 also the 27 one has radeon amd 570 graphics card and the 21 is 560

    27 refurbished from apple 2500$ with tax 21 new from apple 2740$ with tax also they are all from apple's website no third party stuff.
    You said in your initial post that you would save $100 if you purchase the refurbished 8GB model with the i5 processor or you can spend an extra $100 if you purchased the new 16 GB model with the i7 processor. Given those two choices, I recommended the latter because you're getting the faster processor and double the RAM. I don't have any idea how much video editing you will be doing, but if you're not going to be doing for work or as a full time business, either of the two should suffice, but if you're going to spend the money, you might as well as the most powerful between the two, in my opinion.
    05-04-2018 08:52 PM
  7. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    You said in your initial post that you would save $100 if you purchase the refurbished 8GB model with the i5 processor or you can spend an extra $100 if you purchased the new 16 GB model with the i7 processor. Given those two choices, I recommended the latter because you're getting the faster processor and double the RAM. I don't have any idea how much video editing you will be doing, but if you're not going to be doing for work or as a full time business, either of the two should suffice, but if you're going to spend the money, you might as well as the most powerful between the two, in my opinion.
    Out of curiosity, do have a link for the machine you are looking at?
    05-05-2018 02:27 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Out of curiosity, do have a link for the machine you are looking at?
    I'm assuming your question was intended for the OP Mir Nowsher?
    05-06-2018 08:15 AM
  9. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I'm assuming your question was intended for the OP Mir Nowsher?
    I wanted to dig deeper into the specs of the machine you listed. I am curious about RAM speed and the GPU.
    05-06-2018 08:53 AM
  10. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I wanted to dig deeper into the specs of the machine you listed. I am curious about RAM speed and the GPU.
    I was quoting the OP who originally listed the specs.

    Which iMac should I buy-i3.jpg Which iMac should I buy-i5.jpg Which iMac should I buy-i7.jpg

    Source: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us...sors/core.html
    05-06-2018 11:09 AM
  11. dcoke22's Avatar
    I would definitely recommend the 27" iMac. The major difference between the smaller and the bigger iMacs is the 27" has user accessible RAM slots and can hold 64GB of RAM. The 21" iMac does not have user accessible slots and can hold less RAM, potentially only 32GB if one buys the fanciest option.

    In practical terms, the difference between the Core i5 and the Core i7 is minimal.
    https://browser.geekbench.com/mac-benchmarks

    You'll notice the single core scores:
    Core i5 @ 3.8Ghz is 5213
    Core i7 @ 3.6Ghz is 5234

    Multicore scores:
    Core i5 @ 3.8Ghz is 15,254
    Core i7 @ 3.6Ghz is 17,777

    In the multicore case, the Core i7 is about 14% faster in ideal conditions. Balance that against the possibility of more RAM in the 27" with the Core i5 and the slightly faster GPU. I'd choose the 27". In day-to-day computing, I doubt you'd notice the difference between the two CPUs. If you're drag-racing the two machines doing a big render in Final Cut, the Core i7 would be a little faster, but both machines would be in the same class. If saving time on big multicore-capable tasks like that is a priority, then an iMac Pro has greater than 2x the performance.

    One final note, the 27" 5k Retina display is outstanding. Regardless of CPU speeds and RAM upgradeability, choosing the 27" on the display quality alone is a reasonable thing to do.
    05-11-2018 08:11 AM
  12. dcoke22's Avatar
    For instance: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/FNED2LL/A/Refurbished-27-inch-iMac-38GHz-quad-core-Intel-Core-i5-with-Retina-5K-display

    That's a refurb iMac 27" w/ the Core i5 @ 3.8Ghz & the Radeon Pro 580 GPU w/ 8GB video memory & 2TB Fusion Drive for $1949. Stuff that with a bunch of RAM ($350 for 32GB) and bask in the glory of the 5K display.
    05-11-2018 08:20 AM
  13. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I'd highly recommend the i7 machine. I'm a heavy Adobe user (Photoshop and Lightroom) and so some light video editing, but the i7 and 16 gigs ram in my MBP make it very fast and smooth to use.
    05-11-2018 08:29 AM

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