I am ready to buy my first iMac. I still have my Macbook Pro 13'' (2009) but I need an Apple desktop. I will be using it mostly for Adobe Creative Suite/graphic design/general stuff (no real video editing though). Budget isn't really an issue, but I would like to save some money if I can. Apple has a refurbished 21.5 inch for $1189 (I would have to add the Apple Care cost as well). Here's the specs of that one: Originally released May 2011 21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display 4GB memory 1TB hard drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory Built-in FaceTime HD camera The NEW iMac that I am interested in is $1949 (plus Apple Care): Specs of the NEW one: 2.9GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB 1TB Fusion Drive NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB GDDR5 Obviously the newer release is better, but I can't decide. Will the difference in speed between the two be so noticeable that it would make a difference? Pros to get the older 2011 refurbished: - Already has a CD/DVD drive - I can easily upgrade to 16GB of RAM myself (I Believe!) Pros of the NEW iMac: - Fusion Drive - I can get a small Education discount Any advice/tips/suggestions?