iMac Custom Set up advice

Discussion in 'iMac' started by choosy, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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 :)
     
  2. macrumors 68030

    Spink10

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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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What do people think about the processor difference?
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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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).
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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    The Robot Cow

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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
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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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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