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Jimmylee RemillardBuying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 5:32:31 pm

Ok, i know that the processor isnt a huge deal for Motion but the graphics card is. I need the best machine i can get for $1900 or less (pisses me off because macs are WAY over priced) Here are my options unless you have better.

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Refurbished iMac 27-inch 2.93GHz Intel Quad-Core i7 processor $1,899.00

Originally released July 2010
27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
1TB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics with 1GB memory
Built-in iSight camera

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Refurbished iMac 27-inch 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 $1,699.00

Originally released late 2009
27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
1TB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics with 512MB memory
Built-in iSight camera

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Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo $1,269.00

Originally released late 2009
27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
1TB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera


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Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor $1,269.00

Originally released July 2010
21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
1TB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics with 512MB memory
Built-in iSight camera

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Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo $929.00

Originally released late 2009
21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
500GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera

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I chose refurbished because it seems to give me more bang for the buck, unless you think a new one is really worth the extra money...


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Dave LaRondeRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 5:41:49 pm

I see about 5 choices of systems, but I don't see some very crucial pieces of information:
  • How do you intend to use this machine?
  • What software do you plan to run?
  • And since this is the AE forum, how do you plan to run AE 10 with four measly gigs of memory?


Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jimmylee RemillardRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 5:53:05 pm

I would replace the ram with 16gigs through crucial.com
I do motion graphics, final cut server and adobe creative suite.


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Ashish VargheseRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 6:27:41 pm

Why don't you go for a MacPro...that way your expansion options would be better too.


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Jimmylee RemillardRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 6:32:47 pm

The price of a MacPro for one is out of my budget and it is in my opinion very very over priced.


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Brian CharlesRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 6:39:09 pm

I don't agree with your analysis of cost however, given the choices you've outlined, get an i7 processor paired with the best video card.

The i7 is multi-threaded, so 2 cores spawn 4 threads. The video card with max VRAM is required for Apple Motion.

If you can hold off, I'd wait until the intel sandybridge i7 makes it to the iMac. Its just been released for the Macbook Pro and is 4 core vs 2, so 8 threads and better memory management.

The new MacBook Pro with 1GB VRAM and the i7 will outperform the iMac with the exception of RAM based processes, since the Macbooks are still limited to 8 GB.



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Jimmylee RemillardRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 6:44:50 pm

Yeah we can go back and forth forever on the price disagreement. Do you think the new iMacs will be soon? I do need to purchase this mac within the next 2 days but if the new iMacs are out within 30days ill return this one for that.

With that aside, you say the $1899 is going to give me the best performance by far. Thats what i was thinking but was hoping someone knew something I didnt.


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Brian CharlesRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 6:46:39 pm

I have no idea when the new Macs are coming.

If you need this for a job so soon then go for it.

Have you considered a Hacintosh?



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Jimmylee RemillardRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 6:51:36 pm

I have seriously considered hackintosh but everything i've read says its really unreliable, what are your opinions, have you ever used one?


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Brian CharlesRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 7:18:37 pm

Not personally. I can't recommend them.



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Brian CharlesRe: Buying new iMac need advice..
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 7:23:18 pm

Not personally. I can't recommend them.



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