27" 2015 iMac- upgrade choices ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mjoshi123, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. mjoshi123 macrumors 6502

    mjoshi123

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    Currently I'm using 2012 Macmini with 1.5TB of Samsung SSD + 16GB RAM + i7 Quad Core in it. I'm now looking to upgrade with 2015 device.
    My main usage is Photo Editing and slideshows creation as a professional photographer.
    I've two questions for 27" iMac in terms of upgrade options
    1) RAM - Is RAM upgradeable in iMac, it used to be easy upgrades in past but not sure if that is still the case with 2015 iMAc. I may go with 8GB of RAM and buy more aftermarket on my own if it is upgradeable.

    2) Choice between 512GB SSD v/s 2TB Fusion Drive.
    Which one give better performance. Normally I like to keep project I'm working on in my internal drive. Once completed with the work I upload everything to Amazon Drive online as well as to External Backup drive.

    Normal Wedding shoots yields anywhere from 60-90GB of data so having internal space available is good.

    Any advise ?
     
  2. Aspekt macrumors member

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    1. Yes, the RAM is easily upgradable. You can find the steps at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201191
    2. It really comes down to personal preferences and the type of the file you work on on a daily bases. I opted for a 1TB SSD because the files I work on are big and I don't want to be transferring them to the external hard drive every time I am done with 1 file.
     
  3. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with an internal SSD. I would not use a mechanical drive in an iMac. The display is glued and it's a pain to change it yourself. If you need more space, get an external HDD or SSD.
     
  4. benzslrpee macrumors 6502

    benzslrpee

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    what do you normally store in your HD? if your HD is typically around 50% - 60% full and your photo dump is 10% - 20% of the 512 GB SSD... well you do the math. RAW files are only getting larger from here on out. i'd say get the 1 TB SSD

    never used Fusion drive before so i can't say with certainty. but thinking it through, Fusion does not sound like a good solution if you are moving that much data around.

     
  5. mjoshi123, Oct 14, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015

    mjoshi123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    mjoshi123

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    Thank you all for your response. Looks like 512GB SSD is the way to go for now ?
    Or is it easier to get the Fusion drive and then replace HD portion of fusion drive with SSD ?
     

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