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Trying to decide which way to go input appreciated iMac 27 or stay with a PC

Posted on 2011-10-10
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I was looking at the iMac 27 and man was it fast ... I do a lot of video editing and I never saw anything so smooth like butter ....

I have been using PC forever ... but before I lay the money out I want some input ...

the iMac 27 6 gig and 1 Terabyte drive .... Final Cut Pro X and iMovie both were silky smooth with HD video ... from the timeline the video being edited looked like it was already rendered ... this has got me drooling ... but itsw a MAC meaning there is a lot of windows based programs I will miss out on but that might be ok ...

Unless I might could do a PC with SOny Vegas and it be as smooth or premiere pro even ...
Do I have to break the bank on a PC just to get it as fast as what I just saw at best buy

Cause that was amazing fast and smooth ... I have even seen it render in the background while continuing to work with no noticeable problems at all

So any advice .... cause the one thing I will miss for sure is Visual Basic ... writing for windows though I have heard mixed thoughts about running it  I think they called it virtually or something like that but many said that was not good ...
But again its for the editing of video that mostly has my attention

Way Cool

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Install Windows on the MAC alongside the MAC OS it uses with VMware Fusion. Then you can still use Windows programs at the same time as running MAC Apps. You will just need an additional Windows License. Or you should also be able to install Windows in Dual boot mode, also here you'd need an additional Windows License, but you couldn't use both OS's at the same time that way. Either boot into one or the other.


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There are 3 major programs that let you run Windows (or any OS) in a Virtual Machine on a Mac. The two you pay for are VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop. The free one is VirtualBox. I've tried it and it works pretty well, though it's missing a lot of the extra features that the other two have. There are plenty of reviews online you can read through to see what the differences are and each of the paid ones gives you a trial period to check them out.
These virtualization applications run Windows in a Virtual Machine on top of the MacOS. It's a separate computer running Windows (or almost any other OS). You can run it in a window (so you can minimize your Windows OS or have it in a window or have it full screen). Fusion and Parallels each have an option to run Windows in such a way that the applications run in their own Windows alongside your OSX apps and you don't really notice you are running Windows anymore.

I am using an older iMac (24") and I run VMware Fusion on it to run my Windows applications. I haven't run into any major issues or found any applications that don't work pretty well (though I haven't really tried much). You won't see the exact same performance from a virtual machine as if it were running on physical hardware, but it's fairly close (as long as you create the VM with enough resources). If you mainly want it for programming, then it should perform just fine.

I still use Windows everyday at work and use it on my servers, but I like OSX for my desktop, even if I do have to still run Windows alongside it for a few applications.

Hope this helps.

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Both very helpful

junior15 ... Question ... To the heart of my question or decision before me ... is it better then to get a PC and not worry about virtual or is it worth having that iMac ... it was cool and smooth for video editing

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junior15 earned 2000 total points
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That's not a simple question. First, I think you need to decide which OS you want to run. If you really like the way OSX handles video editing (a lot of people do), then there is your answer, go with the Mac. Remember that you can always install Windows on a BootCamp partition (dual boot the Mac) and run Windows natively on the iMac if you want. I keep a bootcamp partition and a Windows 7 installation on my Mac for those times I need to run Windows natively instead of in a VM, though I spend most of my time in OSX. With as powerful as the computers are now, virtual machines run really well. The more processor, memory, or IO intensive the application is though, the worse it will run in a VM. Since you said the main thing you needed Windows for was for programming, that won't be a problem for you (unless you are compiling some massive programs and even then I think you'll be fine). One thing to keep in mind before you decide is whether your accessories (printers, USB devices, etc) will work with OSX. A vast majority will, but there are some that won't, so you'll want to check that out before deciding.

Don't let the fact that you will have to run Windows in a virtual machine scare you, it's not that big of a deal. VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop both make it super easy to get Windows up and running in a VM.

Something else to consider is that an all-in-one (iMac or otherwise) will have limited upgrade options. You can easily upgrade the memory, but that's about it. It is possible to upgrade other components (hard drive and a few others), but they require removing the screen and most people prefer to have Apple technicians handle that for them. If you are happy with what you are getting and aren't the type of person that likes to upgrade the internal components of their computer, you will probably be happy with an iMac (or other all-in-one computer).

The iMac is a great computer (even if you do just want to run Windows on it). I'm on my second one and will probably keep this one for quite some time.

Hope this helps.

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I appreciate all who participated but Junior really gave me some insight I was looking for and why I am choosing this as the solution.

 I look forward to my iMac ... I can't wait to do my video editing on it. Thank you for the time you took to explain all you yourself have done and your feelings as to the results of your use of a mac and windows. Really opened my eyes a lot. Thank you.

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Glad I could help. I hope you enjoy your new iMac.

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