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Old Jan 31, 2013, 06:12 AM   #1
PlanetExp
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iMac 27" advice

Sold my Air 11" which sat plugged in to an ugly HP monitor 24/7 in order to upgrade to an iMac. I am really low on cash but could stretch it if I can find a real good reason too. I can't decide between:

- Entry level 27" + 1TB Fusion Drive
- High end 27" flat
- Entry level 27" flat, and use that extra cash on food and unforeseen bills

I am a heavy app user and usually leave everything running until done (lots of tabs and apps simultaneously, rarely will I reboot (relying on sleep mode). I plan on doing video editing but don't know if it will be realized this year or not - it will not be the iMacs first use. I will be using xcode, coda, photoshop, pages, numbers, iTunes, Sibelius, garageband, logic and the occasional game mostly.

I hate when a computer drags itself along but realize that maxing everything is not an option for my economy so the real question is: will fusion drive snap things up more than the base high end 27" in relation to it's value in spent cash? Is it worth stretching for the FD and if so will it be thrashed when editing 2-4k video eventually - will I be better off saving for an external ssd?

So many questions, so little money. Thanks in advance!
Fred


P.S. Also do anyone know if adding a FD makes it a "special order" therefore delaying delivery? If I can get it faster that would help my studies (I'm taking the leap changing computers at the start of a new term).
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