. Hello all, this time we're going to get a little more in-depth with what top look for when buying a machine for your digital editing workflow. Now please keep in mind most of my recommendations are going to be based around the Apple computer systems, as that's what I used for a number of years. If you keep in mind requirements you will find a system to match up on Windows systems.
Lets start with desktops. Value for your money is going to have desktops machines being the best choice for your editing needs. Apple's iMac line of desktops include both 21.5 and 27 inch machines. With the exception of the base 21.5 inch model there are all Quad Core processors. 21.5 come standard with 8Gb ram, but you can max out to 16GB. The 27 inch models are also standard with 8GB of Ram, and be upgraded to 32GB. Note! While the 27 can be upgraded at any point, the 21.5 you should order with that option if you want it online. As far as hard drives, you get options of traditional 7200rpm drives, flash storage or Fusion drives. Of the three offerings, my choice would be the fusion drive, as your getting the best of two worlds a large amount of storage routed through a small amount of flash storage to gives you much better read/write speeds. Also the 27 inch in the Retina displays are great options was well.
Next up, the Mac Mini's. These small but mighty little computers are great if your on a budget, and already own a nice monitor, keyboard and mouse. My choice in this unit would be the 2.8 ghz, 16GB of Ram and 2TB Fusion drive.
Lastly in the Desktop line up is the MacPro. These computers you can get with everything from an Quad core processor to a 12 core, up to 64gb of Ram, and TB of flash storage. Keep in mind these machines will blast through anything your looking to do in photo work, and actually will do great if your into video work with programs like Final Cut. This is the machine many video editors utilize.
Now on the PC side for desktops some nice options would include HP Envy Phoenix Desktops, and Dell's XPS 8700 Performance Desktops. Both of these companies offer many configuration options to meet your needs.
The iMac is a nice option if you like an all in one design. If however you'd like different monitor, keyboards and other input devices you'll find the other options all will suit your needs.
Next time with this discussion we will talk laptops. Till then.
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