27" iMac Purchase Advice

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  1. TCrowe macrumors member

    TCrowe

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    It is time, I think, to replace my 1,1 Mac Pro as I can only upgrade to Lion the way it sits. I am looking at the Apple iMac ME088LL/A 27-Inch Desktop.

    It ships for $2499.00 from Amazon. Photography has been my living for 40 some years and the Mac Pro isn't needed any longer as I am not doing anywhere near the post processing I was doing in the mid 2000's. That plus the fact that I don't want to buy new chips and other items just to upgrade to Yosemite. I have discussed this on the forum and have made a pretty firm decision to get this Mac.

    Is there anything I need to know concerning what to look for as to peculiarities or problems that may occur with this if I pull the trigger on this?

    Thanks for any consideration.
     
  2. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    That model numbers refers to the basic 2013 27" iMac, correct? If that's the case, you can get it shipped straight from Apple for $1,799

    However, I would strongly advise you consider some of the upgrades if you already had a $2,499 budget in mind. Or even the new 5K iMac, which, coincidentally, is $2,499.

    I would strongly advise against buying a PC or Mac with a spinning hard disk in 2015 (ie. the "1TB Serial ATA Drive"). Go for a Flash storage option (SSD) if you can justify the cost, and use external network/thunderbolt storage if you really need more storage space. A Fusion drive is also an option, but it still ultimately relies on a spinning disk for archives.

    Just my opinion, ultimately it's your workflow and your decision.
     
  3. TCrowe thread starter macrumors member

    TCrowe

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    These are the listed particulars of the iMac I am looking at:

    3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
    8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory; 1 TB Fusion Drive
    27-inch (diagonal) Retina display with IPS technology
    AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
    Mac OS X Yosemite
     
  4. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    That's the 2014 iMac with Retina 5K display. That doesn't seem to correspond to the model number you originally posted, so be careful when buying.

    I would strongly advise you always buy directly from Apple. Here's a link.

    With regards to the 5K iMac, for the stuff you're doing, I have no doubts that it will be a wonderful machine.
     
  5. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    Nice computer - that's the Retina!

    I agree with Andy about the SSD, but the Fusion is a fine compromise (small SSD + large HDD).
     
  6. TCrowe thread starter macrumors member

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    I have pretty much retired from the day to day client side photography. Now I shoot pretty much for myself and work on post processing others photographs which gives me a cushion for this purchase.

    I looked at the Apple link and I can see the differences that both of you mentioned and, you're correct about the vagaries of non-Apple dealers. It is sometimes an iffy proposition. I had looked at the $1799.00 computer and didn't care for that set up for what I use it for. Wasn't sure about the fusion aspect of it so came here to ask. The MP 1,1 has been nothing short of spectacular as I added 8 GB of RAM before I ever turned it on. Kind of bitter sweet to relegate it to the closet but time moves on and so do I.

    I will buy from Apple and go for the machine you linked to. I will keep you apprised as I move forward with this. Thank you for taking your time to lend a hand. crowe
     

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