2017 iMac Options - tight budget

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  1. cb3, Nov 7, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017

    cb3 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2017
    NEED to get a new Mac for family computing and light 2D graphics work (page layout - Illustrator, etc.)

    Looking at 2017 27inch iMac. Tight budget. What are the best upgrade options if I can only choose ONE?

    I think 27 inch is better for my old eyes. I can upgrade the RAM myself (yea!).
    i5 vs i7 processor - if I drop down the processor to i5 I can afford higher options.

    1. SSD paired with 4GB graphics card
    2. HD - Fusion Drive paired with 8GB Graphics card

    Which would give the best speed and longer lifespan (future proofing)

    Thanks for advice.
  2. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
  3. caskibum macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2014
    +1 SSD.

    Also, you say "Family Computing", if someone in the family is in school make sure you're taking advantage of the academic discount, save a few $$ there, maybe get both upgrades? :)
  4. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I have one iMac with a 256GB SSD and one with a 3TB Fusion. In day-to-day computing I don't notice any difference.

    Also have one with an i5 and one with an i7. Only time I notice a difference is when I transcode video. If you don't have software that takes advantage of hyper-threading the i7 is unnecessary.
  5. lurcher macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2004
    Are you sure you can upgrade the RAM yourself? I've just bought a 21" and have been told the RAM is soldered tot he motherboard and it cannot be changed. I could have done with more but thought I'd just buy some off Crucial.com and save on Apple's extortionate prices for RAM!
  6. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    Smaller model iMacs haven't had a RAM access hatch for years. 27" ones (except for the upcoming iMac Pro) do.
  7. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    If you are on a tight budget try the Apple Refurb store , https://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals i have ordered many Mac's from here you cannot tell they are not brand new apart from the box says refurbished on it. Stock changes regularly so one in the config you want might appear at some point.
  8. jaduff46 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2010
    Second star on the right....
    +1 SSD (512K if you can afford it, 256K if not).
    i5 should work for you
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Agree 100% with jaduff in post above this one.

    NOTHING else will give you more bang for your bucks.
  10. conteaparis macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2017
    Get the SSD. You probably won't need the better graphics card for graphic design. Same with the i7. Don't really think you will need it, and there are people complaining about the fan noise.

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