iMac Custom Set up advice

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2012
    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 68040


    Nov 3, 2011
    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

    Jul 2, 2012
    What do people think about the processor difference?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2013
    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

    Jan 14, 2013
    for the I5 vs I7 dilemma read the below discussion

    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

    Jul 2, 2012
    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.
  7. macrumors 6502

    The Robot Cow

    Sep 12, 2012
    Central California
    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

    Jan 26, 2008
    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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