OK, so I'm looking to buy a Mac for video editing with programs like Final Cut Pro, music recording software, and a little bit of League of Legends every once in a while. I NEED it to be fast and able to run powerful programs! I'm trying to decide whether to buy a 15 inch core i5 MacBook Pro, a 2012 13 inch MacBook Pro (base model, when it comes out), a core i3 27 inch iMac, or a 21 inch core i5 iMac. Keep in mind, if I get a notebook/laptop, I will also get an external monitor and, whatever computer I buy, I will install an after market SSD, fully upgrade the RAM, and buy an external hard drive. Can you help me choose?
Answer by David Crandall · Dec 14, 2011 at 07:24 AM
If you MUST get a MAC, just go to apple.com and build one. Let me tell you, though, as a music producer, you will find - unless you plan to use MAC-Only products - any major production software is going to be available on both Mac and Windows, or Windows Only. For flexibility, I recommend Windows machines. But, if you feel more comfortable using a Mac and you have a budget, get the best in hardware you can get.
Put your focus in CPU cores/speed (I'd recommend at least a Quad-core CPU 2.8hz or more.) Combine a great CPU with an SSD and a fair amount of RAM (I'd say no less than 4GB) you'll have a good machine.
Answer by MagicTrax · Dec 14, 2011 at 09:48 AM
The i5 iMac sounds like the best option. I'm fairly certain it will work alright as far as processing power goes. I have a Core 2 Duo iMac with 3GB of ram and I'm constantly running full 16+ track Pro Tools and Logic Pro sessions and plugins without any issues.
Answer by Joe Fullington · Dec 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Curently, i would get a mac mini with a 2.6 i7 (If oure gona upgrae the ram, buy a moniter and get a exteral cd drive, go with the econd mac mini there is. ( if yu nice, it has the same spes s some as the macbok pro's)