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Roger BurtonSuitable iMac 27-inch 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
by on Jan 30, 2012 at 9:11:16 am

Hi chaps,I'm sure these sort of questions are not very popular but the wealth of knowledge here and my hesitation (because my knowledge is limited and this will be a major expenditure) - I can't really afford a Mac pro, I'm only doing a little AE work these days but when I do my old iMac with 4gb ram and dual processors is sooooo slow, I'm hoping this will offer a little improvement. What do you reckon ?

Thanks to anyone taking the time to help.

Best - Roger


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Suitable iMac 27-inch 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
by on Jan 30, 2012 at 9:47:49 am

You can get an older second hand MacPro at a decent price. A dual dual core Xeon will run Snow Leopard and CS 5.5 and if you max out the RAM you will have a great AE machine for some time.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Walter SoykaRe: Suitable iMac 27-inch 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
by on Jan 30, 2012 at 3:04:17 pm

Here's a benchmark [link] showing an AE test render on a Mac Pro and a series of iMacs (including your 3.1 GHz i5).

Walter Soyka
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Roger BurtonRe: Suitable iMac 27-inch 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
by on Jan 30, 2012 at 3:17:59 pm

Good point Ted and thanks for the link Walter those figures are quite frightening ... good of you both and food for thought ... even 'used' though plus a monitor the pro starts to push the budget, still that's my problem, maybe I'll have to struggle along with my old iMac until I make a little more freelance money in order to buy a Mac pro.

Cheers - Roger


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