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To make a long story short...

Is an iMac with an i5 processor (quad-core) with min. of 8GB ram, is enough to handle our photo editing needs (Capture One in my case)? Or do we need an I7 processor?

Screen size is 27 inches.

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I think that there are multiple different generations within the i5 and i7 categories. So I think you'll have to see how old each particular iMac is. You might have a case where an older i7 performs worse than a newer i5.

Also how much and what type of post processing do you do? Is it just a few quick sliders? Or do you have a big non distructive workflow, and may have hundreds of layers in a single image?
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I'd rather have a new i5 with 16gb of ram instead of a new i7 with 8gb.... I think.
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i7 with 32gb ram. runs the latest LR & PS. I've processed digital prints up to 15'x18'

I've always leaned towards buying the latest processor and the most ram I could stuff into a new computer, so hopefully it isn't antiquated by the time I get it home.
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i7 with 32gb ram. runs the latest LR & PS. I've processed digital prints up to 15'x18'

I've always leaned towards buying the latest processor and the most ram I could stuff into a new computer, so hopefully it isn't antiquated by the time I get it home.
This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Mac's have the curious habit of continuing to run well over time, usually after a similar Windows machine needed to be replaced.
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Cheers, gents.

The original question was about an i5 (quad core) i Mac, with 8 GB Ram.

Will that be "smooth" for Capture One Pro?

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Don't know why it wouldn't.
The minimum requirements for Capture One Pro 11 are:

Intel CPU with 2 cores
8 GB of RAM
10 GB of free hard disk space
Calibrated color monitor with 1280x800, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi
OS X 10.11.6, macOS 10.12.6, macOS 10.13*

Suggested requirements for large file heavy graphics adjustments are:

Intel CPU with 4+ cores
16+ GB of RAM
Solid State Disk (SSD)
A fast Graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD with 2GB+ RAM (4+ GB for 4k or multiple monitors)

Bigger/faster is generally better but not necessarily required. As long as you meet the minimum requirements for the nature of what you are going to process you should be just fine.
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Cheers, G99

There are many reasons why I'm asking about an i5 Imac, not the i7 version, and they are related to the country I'm retiring to. For reference, I'm typing from a six-core Mac Pro, with an SSD HDD, and half a ton of RAM.

- Checked online and an i7 is not readily available in that country. It must be through a special order.
- Taxes and duties there are rather high.
- The electricity in the mountains there is spotty, so I must add the cost of a good UPS to the total cost.

I will be shipping an electric pressure cooker and an APS UPS to our house there. If it goes smoothly then I will buy an i7 from my country then ship it there.

We'll see.

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