|Nov 29, 2012, 11:28 AM||#26|
27" $1999 base
i7 - not very useful for day to day but for $200 it's an okie upgrade
1tb Fusion - temp solution, should provide good performance boost since the entire os will run off ssd
680mx - must have, best $150 you can ever spend on the imac
Applecare - brand new design, day 1 order, AIO nonremovable parts, and host of issues previous imacs had, and the $3000 price tag for the imac i want, this is a must.
32GB memory upgrade - no brainer, 2 min easy job
External TB SSD or replace internal with SSD - both options will have to wait obviously, as currently all the ext thunderbolt ssd solutions are crap or very expensive. And we dont know if the internal hdd can be upgraded yet.
That's why I opted for the fusion drive, it may be throw away but for $200 and able to run the entire os on ssd i will use it as a temp solution.
Net net looking at around $3000 shipped not including ssd upgrade.
bat***t crazy..but i still want it.
|Nov 29, 2012, 11:56 AM||#27|
For the CPU vs GPU upgrade I honestly don't know, I hear when my friends talk about it that the i7 can make a big difference for rendering. I'm not sure though, so I would look at other posts for that.
I know that you should definitely get the fusion drive as one of the upgrades though .
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|Nov 29, 2012, 01:39 PM||#28|
I'd easily drop the 680MX. You don't need it for primarily 2D work in CS6.
However if you're playing a lot of games or if you're into 3D modeling the 680MX will make a big difference.
|Nov 29, 2012, 07:29 PM||#30|
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|Nov 29, 2012, 11:32 PM||#32|
Wow there's some serious debate going on on this forum... Apple really priced everything very cleverly.
I would drop the i7. The reports of hyperthreading not bringing any significant advantage due to lack of support, and the $200 price difference for in so far as I can tell a not too significant speedboost make it not worth it.
Definitely keep the fusion drive unless there's a user upgradable option in the future. An SSD is the single biggest upgrade that can be done to a computer in terms of speed:$$$.
Then the graphics card, I would keep it for gaming and how software is increasingly relying on GPUs to acquire massive performance boosts.
So my breakdown is as follows:
(keep) fusion drive >> 2GB graphics >> i7 processor.
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