Good morning all Let me set the scene - current got an iMac G5 2.1 iSight 20" - exactly 7 years old and has served me and the family very well, no faults whatsoever *touch wood*. I think the capacitor problems were all sorted out prior to the release of this model. Well I think it may be time to update and the iMac can be inherited up to the grandparents where I think they could still get a few years out of it which includes MS Office etc. So, which model to get? Work has a 27" iMac which I think is massive and not for my home environment. I know I would be happy with the 21.5" model and in normal circumstances the base model would be perfect. The only thing holding me back is the Fusion Drive (ignoring the extra RAM because 8GB would be enough for me). If I spec the Fusion Drive in the high end 21.5 I get both a slightly faster CPU and graphics card. For me, these items add no value and will only have a tiny marginal increase in usability. The real performance boost will come from the Fusion Drive. But I need to pay an extra £150 for the high end 21.5 and then another £200 to spec the Fusion Drive. In my mind, this Fusion Drive is costing me £350. What real world benefits will I experience? Is the slower spinning hard drive going to drive me nuts without the Fusion Drive? When I first got my iMac G5 I used iPhoto and iMovie quite a bit. However, there was a novelty factor behind this 7 years ago and I could turn a blind eye to the slow processing times. I do next to none of this now - but could see myself getting into it again with hardware which would make the experience smoother. So, my uses now and in the future are likely to be: family machine, kids using flash sites, youtube, BBC iPlayer, surfing, MS Office, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, VPN for work etc etc A right broad spectrum of usage. Should I stick with my creaking G5, base 21.5 iMac or get a Fusion Drive 21.5" iMac. A Fusion Drive will read/write approx 3x faster than a spinning hard drive, what will this mean for my usage? (Appreciate a suggestion may be an external unit but what is the point in buying an all-in-one computer?) I really didn't want to spend £1,449 on a desktop again! Cheers.