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Advice on purchasing computer to edit film using Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium? It seems to me it might be necessary to buy the 27inch iMac up grade to 16Gb - but I'm wondering about the graphics card is it compatabile with this software?

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I'm looking for advice on what computer to buy that will work well with Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium. I'm thinking of getting an iMac and since it seems I need 7200rpm hard drive according to tech spec of the software I'm looking at the 27inch iMac 3.2 quad core with 16GB. I'm concerned about the graphics card - its NVIDIA Geforce GTX 675mx graphics processor with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory - will this be compatible with the editing software?


Also if I decided to just purchase 8GB (for budget reasons) can I install more memory at a later date?


Thank you


  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,105 points)

    If your core work is in video editing, then you really need a fast Mac.

    You're correct that the 27 inch screen models are the ony models to have the desktop standard 7200 rpm hard drives.

    If you're planning on working with 1080p video, my advice is to upgrade the CPU to the i7, 3.4 Ghz chip.

    Also, I would strongly consider upgrading the video to the 2 GB VRAM chip as this will be a big factor, also, when working with 1080p video.

    The jury is still out on the new fusion drives. My tendency is to stay with the standard ATA drives until the fusion drive technology has been proven out. You'll have to decide if you want a 1 or 3 TB internal ATA drive.

    In any event, it maybe wise to budget for external drives, too! Both as an editing storage device as well as for data backups.

    Also, if you still need to create DVDs, you'll need both DVD burning software as well as to purchase an external optical drive as the new model iMacs are too thin to have these drives built-in any longer.

    Since the new 27 inch screen models still have user upgradeable RAM, I would just go with the stock 8 GBs of RAM installed and then purchase and install RAM from cheaper, reliable Online Mac RAM vendors Crucial memory or OWC(macsales). I am not sure how many RAM slots the new 27 inch screen models have, but I would install enough RAM to get you past 16 GBs of RAM. Consider installing a total of 20-24 GBs of RAM.

    This will compensate for the 2-4 GBs of RAM that OS X, by itself, really needs to run efficiently.


    Also, and this is very, VERY important. Budget to purchase the 3-year extended AppleCare Warrranty plan!

    These newer aluminum iMac designs seem to be prone to a lot of hardware failures over a 3-5 year period.

    Having, at least, 3-years of free repair and/or replacement option is better than having to pay for a expensive repair if something goes wrong with the new iMac after the initial 1 year period of AppleCare.

    Strongly consider paying for the extra warranty coverage.

    You can purchase the extra coverage anytime throughout the first year of AppleCare. Just don't wait until your last day of your initial 1-year coverage to purchase the extended coverage.

    Good Luck!

  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)

    If you haven't done so already I suggest you also ask your question on one of the the Adobe forums. Unlike the Apple forums Adobe engineers often post there and they are very much aware of the answers you seek.


    A good place to start is here:



    From there you can drill down to specific apps in the Production Premium collection.

    late-2012 27" i7 iMac, 32GB, 3TB Fu, OS X Mountain Lion, iPad '4'; ATV3; mid 2012 MBA;


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