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Old Jan 25, 2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Lightbulb iMac Custom Set up advice

Hi all,

I'm finally getting an iMac to replace my PC.

I am customizing the 27" and have a few queries:

Is fusion drive only available at purchase? or can you pay for them to put an SSD in later (probably cost a lot). I'm thinking I should get this, 1TB hdd is average but I assume I can update that later.

Definitely getting the upgraded graphics card as that can't be installed later.

Now for those two upgrades the trade off might have to be the CPU.

I think 3.6ghz is fine but I don't like the fact it's an i5 and not an i7.

I'm going to leave the ram at 8GB because that is a cheap upgrade.

At the moment I'm a student, most probably looking into 2D work but that could change to 3D (Maya, ZBrush) etc.

If anyone would like to drop some advice, that would be appreciated
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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Apple will not add a SSD later - buy Apple Authorized Deal should be able to. The one closes to me said they would add a SSD into my iMac - I have yet to take them up on the offer.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 06:31 AM   #3
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What do people think about the processor difference?
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:13 AM   #4
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What do people think about the processor difference?
For 2D work probably doesn't do a lot for 3D i dont know, BUT i would invest in the 680 instead of the i7 if you plan on 3D rendering.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:09 AM   #5
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for the I5 vs I7 dilemma read the below discussion

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1532885

With regards to aftermarket customization I have asked an apple autorized repair center and he quoted for the job GBP 75+vat + the cost of the SSD (but i can buy my own SSD elseware if I am not happy with theirs).
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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I check that link and read an article.

Am I correct in saying that the i5 is a dual core and the i7 is a quad core?

To me it seems like the upgrade to i7 is a must.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:50 AM   #7
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If you want the fusion drive get it now.
I have the base 21.5 and it has a quad core i5
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 07:03 AM   #8
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Get everything you want now so you don't have to deal with it later. Makes life simpler. The Fusion drive alone is worth the upgrade.
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