2017 21.5" 4K or late 2015 5K?

dantracht

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All,

Thanks in advance for helping me with what is potentially a silly question.

My choice is between:

- Brand new 2017 21.5" 4K with 1TB SSD drive that Best Buy has for $1299.
-Late 2015 27" 5K with 1TB Fusion drive that I can increase the ram on. $1300 from a Facebook friend. Has Apple care until 2019, which apparently, according to the email he forwarded me from Apple, is linked to the SS# of the imac itself.

Which should I choose? I should probably get the 27" but something tells me I should just get the brand new 21.5".

Forgive the silliness of my dilemma.

Thanks,
DT
 

padams35

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2015 5K if any are true:
- the 2015 is a mid-tier M390 model.
- the 2017 4K is actually a 1TB HDD model.
- more ram is more important than better graphics and newer features.

Otherwise $1299 for a 2017 4K with a 1TB fusion/SSD is actually a good price for a user who isn't doing heavy ram intensive computation. Just stay away from 8GB ram + 5400rpm. Thats a bad combo.
 

dantracht

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2015 5K if any are true:
- the 2015 is a mid-tier M390 model.
- the 2017 4K is actually a 1TB HDD model.
- more ram is more important than better graphics and newer features.

Otherwise $1299 for a 2017 4K with a 1TB fusion/SSD is actually a good price for a user who isn't doing heavy ram intensive computation. Just stay away from 8GB ram + 5400rpm. Thats a bad combo.
Thanks. I verified with Best Buy that it's a SSD model.
 

EugW

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So it says on their app, and so a rep I had a chat with (took screen shots) told me.
That's the one with a hard drive. 1 TB HD. Not even Fusion drive. In fact, it says so right in your screenshot.
 

HoosBruce

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That can’t be right. Maybe it’s the Fusion Drive, but that still doesn’t seem right. Apple doesn’t even offer a 1 TB SSD on their website for the 21.5” model. Only the 27” and it’s an extra $700. This smells like they don’t know what they’re talking about to me.
 

dantracht

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That can’t be right. Maybe it’s the Fusion Drive, but that still doesn’t seem right. Apple doesn’t even offer a 1 TB SSD on their website for the 21.5” model. Only the 27” and it’s an extra $700. This smells like they don’t know what they’re talking about to me.
Ok. I had a feeling. It would be a waste to go to Best Buy.

Thanks. I'm going to get the 2015 27" instead.
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That's the one with a hard drive. 1 TB HD. Not even Fusion drive. In fact, it says so right in your screenshot.
Thanks, had a feeling they were wrong.