21.5" iMac - Retina 4K - i7 or the i5

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  1. madele macrumors member

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    Please give reasons to get the i7 or the i5 .. Also wanted to know if there had been any yellow monitor issues
    .. Thank you.
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    I am set on the 21" because the 27" gives me vertigo and makes me snow blind sitting so close to it all day ..
    I am getting the 16GB and the 2TB Fusion drive.
     
  2. Tucom macrumors 65816

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    i5 for everything but the most demanding tasks. Zero yellowing issues (on mine).
     
  3. harborgirl macrumors newbie

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    No yellow on mine. I got the 21 inch, i5, 16 RAM, 2 TB fusion. Love it.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    If you don't know you need it you probably don't.
     
  5. BobertKennedy macrumors member

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    i7 has better performance (multithreading, processor core virtualization yielding 8 virtual cores, etc.) over the I5. I would avoid the 21" - memory is not user upgradable (for me that's a deal breaker, and I refuse to pay the ridiculous prices that Apple charges for memory upgrades). Avoid the fusion drive (performance issues, prone to failure), and spend the extra money for the SSD. Both screen variants have some issue with ghosting (as all LCDs do).
     
  6. madele, Nov 18, 2015
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    madele thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for all of your responses .. I am a stay at home office and am self employed ..

    I agree the limited memory may be the death of it for me .. I am upgrading from a 21" iMac from Mid 2011 .. I did not upgrade before due to the monitor issues .. I am upgrading now in part for the better monitor and the wish to save my eyes .. I do research and photos studies .. I edit some photos .. I will also be running a pro scanner and a dedicated negative scanner .. I will also be using it for my home computer ..

    I might like to get the SSD but the 512GB is not enough for me .. I ask why upgrade to the limited SSD when I am limited to the 16GB .. I do not as yet need the 2TB so that is for the future and for the added function ..
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    For what you descibe it'll be fine whatever you get, any old PC can do that with little difficulty. I woudl recommend the 2TB fusion for you 128GB of SSD should be fine for you and storage seems more important in the long run, nothing you do requires huge graphics or a hyperthreaded i7 so up the RAM if you like (I doubt it'll make much difference though but maybe in 4-5 years time) and the storage and go for it.
     
  8. bent christian Suspended

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    For general use and office applications, any quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 7200RPM/1TB Fusion drive will be fine and relevant for the next 8-10 years, at least. Computer technology is plateauing and needs (different from wants) won't really change for quite some time. Don't waste your money unless you want to waste money.
     
  9. madele thread starter macrumors member

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    I can deal with over a thousand photos a day and I already max out 12GB with my research alone .. I use Logic Pro X once in a while but am going to get a dedicated laptop for that as I need to be able to work anywhere ..
     
  10. madele, Nov 18, 2015
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    I do not just use general office applications .. I guess you did not read my post .. I have never kept a computer for that long and I do want to waste money .. I thought that was obvious.
     
  11. madele, Nov 18, 2015
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    I have an old PC and it is not at all fine .. I need a better monitor and am tired of seeing the beach ball from hell ..
     
  12. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    The i7 will make certain tasks a few seconds shorter.
    The i5 is cheaper.

    That is literally it with your usage plans.
     
  13. bent christian Suspended

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    No, I did read your post. You don't understand processing. Editing photos, scanning..."research"...these fall under the category of general purpose as far as computing goes. Nothing extravagant is necessary. A Core Duo and 4GB-8GB of RAM could probably do everything you mentioned in your post.
     
  14. madele, Nov 18, 2015
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    Try reading again .. I already max out 12GB and need a better monitor .. You are funny.
     
  15. madele, Nov 18, 2015
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    Just purchased a 21" iMac 4K - i5 - 16GB - 2TB Fusion .. I wonder .. Should I cancel and wait for Black Fri ??
     
  16. madele, Nov 18, 2015
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  17. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Apple offers pretty paltry discounts on Black Friday. You could expect maybe $100 off. Only you know whether the extra week wait is worth it.
     
  18. madele thread starter macrumors member

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    Please let me know if Apple allows you to pick up from Fedex on Saturdays .. Thank you.
     
  19. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    You already asked this in your other thread about the same computer. How many threads do you need? Ask all your questions in one thread.
     
  20. twilexia macrumors 6502

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    I think everyone read your post, but the way you write is clumsy and so most likely you're leaving out some key insights that would communicate your exact needs better. Perhaps you should take an english grammar class or two so that you can communicate properly.

    Also, this forum is not your personal shopping assistant, sorry. People on here offer their advice if you ask nicely and aren't a dick about it.
     
  21. madele thread starter macrumors member

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    I am sorry .. I was having a shipping issue and ended up having to cancel my order.
     

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