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    • #21275
      ,Collider
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      Hey guys, planning on splashing out on a new computer soon and just wanted to get some opinions on what the best way to go. Currently using a mid 2010 21.5inch imac and really liked it but now it is starting to struggle.

      Thinking of upgrading to a new imac 27inch with the 4ghz i7 cpu 1tb ssd and 40gb ram, basically a bto imac maxxed out as much as it can be. problem is thats about 5800 NZD. I think I am pretty much sold on this setup even though it is ridiculously priced. Unless you guys can point me in a better direction 🙂

    • #21282
      ,GENIE HQ
      Keymaster

      Spend half that on a custom PC and then spend the remaining budget on some nice hardware and new plugins 😉

    • #21287
      ,bennett
      Participant

      Can definitely build an equally good PC with similar specs for less than half what an iMac would cost. Don’t know what you need 40gb of ram for either, you’d be hard stretched to use up 16gb.

    • #21306
      ,Collider
      Participant

      forgot to mention im on logic also. so hackintosh maybe? I am a little worried it might not be as reliable. That 27inch 5k display would just make it so much easier to procrastinate tho haha. About the ram yes i guess it is overkill, but i just want to future proof the system as much as possible now. It is a pretty cheap upgrade too. It would be nice to have multiple logic sessions open at once and just do all sorts of silly stuff I have never been able to do. My imac has only 8gb of ram now but i quite often get pop up errors just making a drum loop or sound design sessions. Some hardware would be a very nice addition. Any good cheap hardware you guys know of? would love something to run drums and bass through for little extra flavour/distortion and then a nice multifx or spring verb. Thanks Guys

    • #21312
      ,GENIE HQ
      Keymaster

      If you are using Logic then it could be best to stick with Mac, however we have heard great things about Hackintosh, maybe someone here can comment on it’s stability?

      Hardware wise, the difference could get you a Synth of somekind, maybe a moog or Arturia or maybe a sherman filterbank or perhaps some awesome moogerfooger pedals!

      But these days people often prefer to spend the money on new plugins.

      Just some ideas.

    • #21359
      ,Collider
      Participant

      A sherman filterbank would be sick. so would more plugins. araucann is one plug in i would like to have check it out if you havent heard of it. Cheers for the tips guys.

    • #21449
      ,Basi
      Participant

      I had this same predicament a while back. Settled on building a custom windows laptop so that I could stay semi-portable. Would of gone Linux if the software was available, guess thats similar with you wanting to stay on Apple for Logic.

      As mentioned above 16gb is decent enough ram wise, not had any problems with it being too little yet. Unfortunately even though I got the best Intel CPU available at the time for Laptops I find it not being quite enough still (I7 Quad core) On desktop machines you can get a Ten core I7 now, I bet that that would future proof for a good while but costs around £1,500 (GBP)

      Not sure what CPU options are available for mac but my suggestion would be to drop the ram and up the CPU to balance the machine out a bit.

    • #21531
      ,Ruben D
      Participant

      we could try asking gridlok on the hackintosh idea. i heard he has used it before.

    • #21568
      ,Sunken Forest
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      I tried the Hackintosh thing for a while when I was on Logic and my iMac died. If you’re set on a desktop, you could check out the x86 forums. They have lists of compatible PC components/pre built models. Same goes for the laptops too actually, but there’s more flexibility for upgrades in the future.

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