This is probably something for some other forum, but whatthehell I like this forum so why not :P
I am about to buy a new computer, an iMac. The only problem now is whether I should go for an i3 or and i5 processor, or rather: a dual-core or a quad-core? I've heard that programs such as Omnisphere, Superior Drummer and other 3rd party software run better the more cores you have in your computer. Also, recording and multi-track recording in Logic (9) will benefit from more cores.
However, on most sites for these 3rd party software and on Logics/Apples homepage the requirements listed are rather "low". I think Omnisphere top the list with an Intel dual core and 6GB of RAM. Which means that an i3 would be just fine. i3's are easier to find, and cheaper too (I am buying used since new is expensive as fudge :S )
But, as we all know, things get more and more advanced, and I'm thinking that maybe in a couple of years Logic 10 or 11, 3rd party software and other software will require a minimum of 4 cores, and then I'm stuck with my old bucket. :S If that situation comes in 6 years then fine, then I can buy a new computer, but if it's just 2 years away, then buying an dual-core/i3 now feels a bit wasted TBH. :S
What should I do? There are not so many used i5's with quad-core out there in Sweden (at least not on the most popular selling sites), and many of them are almost as expensive as a new one (which is more than I can afford). I have no urgency in getting a new computer, but I would rather have it sooner than later. I've heard rumors about new iMacs coming this summer. Maybe the prices will drop then?
Please all advice and suggestions are very welcome!!
I'd go for the i5. Dont bother upgrading anything else, its much cheaper to upgrade aftermarket if you need, but cpu upgrade isn't really viable in imacs. If you can afford to hold off until the new ones drop, do so. The used market always floods a bit and prices drop a bit when that happens. Might as well future proof a bit. I doubt even with the next version of logic, that an i5 will be lacking in any way.