I want to get a new iMac, mostly for my kids but also for me for photo editing using Lightroom. The new 21.5 is said to have a good screen, but on the refurb section of apple.ca there are 24" imacs with what sound like better video cards (21.5 iMac has the same Nvidia 9400 shared memory processor as my MacBook) - either NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 256MB memory, or, NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 with 512MB memory.
My dilemma - get the new 21.5 (approx. $1,300), or a refurb 24 (approx. $1,200 to $1,300)? I like the idea of a bigger screen, but I'd like to get the best video processor possible.
but the 9400m is really not a good video card...
the GT120 is 2.5 times better than the 9400m. from what i've read from the internet.
but all this is based on the decision that I play computer games on my macs.
if your budget is around 1200-1300. then the 24" imac... lol u answered ur own question.
better video card, better screen. unless you want a 27" imac or i5/i7, you don't really need the new imac...
i5 is not that good anyway.... i7 is way better.
my mistake.. it only comes with the i5...
just wondering what you're basing this on? i'm going to be upgrading to the 27" imac and was planning on getting the i5 chip. you can upgrade to the i7 for another $200 or so, but from what i've read there's minimal difference in performance.
and going back to the op. while you should definitely get the best video performance you can, i'm not sure why video performance is going to affect how iphoto performs. isn't video strictly dealing with motion picture and gaming play back?