Alright, just ordered a 2019 iMac :)

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  1. insimbi macrumors 6502

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    Well, I bit the bullet and ordered my 27" 5K iMac today. I chose the base model and upgraded the 1TB Fusion drive to the 512GB SSD. After reading so many posts about choosing SSD over the Fusion Drive, I decided to do as most people recommend. My Late 2013 iMac had the 1TB Fusion Drive and it wasn't bad honestly, but I guess the SSD portion was bigger back then too (128GB).

    Anyways, I'm stoked to get it and can't wait. Thanks for the suggestions and recommendations!
     
  2. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    Congratulations. Hope it works out well for you. I ordered one in early May. The original ship date I was given was May 20. Today I got an update that it will be May 14. Exciting. I can't wait. This will be my first flat panel iMac. I've used MacBooks for years.
     
  3. aman88 macrumors member

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    I got the same computer about a week ago... 27 inch base with the 512 SSD and I love it!
     
  4. Fried Chicken macrumors 6502

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  5. donkuok macrumors newbie

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    You can't go wrong with 512 SSD it's blazing fast NVME
     
  6. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Good choice with the 512 SSD. You won't regret it. If/when you expand to external storage, be sure to also choose SSD. They are getting cheaper. It's very easy and inexpensive now to pick up a bare SSD and enclosure. Speeds with external SSD's are in the 500 mbps range. Much faster than a regular hard drive. If you choose to pick up an external enclosure that can house two SSD's, at Raid 0 you will get about 800 mbps.
     
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  8. insimbi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm stoked to get it. I just ordered yesterday and will receive it Friday! A lot quicker shipping than I expected, especially coming from China.
     
  9. donkuok macrumors newbie

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    Lucky you, it took me 2 weeks to get it delivered a month ago.
     
  10. kazmac macrumors 604

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    Congratulations, OP. Enjoy it.

    I hope to order the same model at some point.
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    The SSD upgrade was the best choice you could have made!
     
  12. Fried Chicken macrumors 6502

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    Well, unless you need 513GB
     
  13. insimbi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LOL!
     
  14. computerdummy macrumors newbie

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    I also just ordered a new iMac and will pick it up on May 24, 2019.
    I have a question about adding Ram. Can I just use 2 of the 4 memory slots and put in two 32 gig sticks now and add two more 32 gig sticks later or does every slot have to be filled? I want to do this because I hate the idea of throwing out Ram later and I'm already way over budget with with the purchase price of the iMac and besides I don't need 128 gigs now but want to have that option open for later and not have to throw away ram to make it happen.
    My computer has a 2TB SSD and will come with 8 gigs of Ram so that might be 4 sticks of 2 gigs each for all I know.
    Can anyone tell me where I might look for this information in order to insure I'm doing it right?
     
  15. codernova macrumors member

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    You can put in 2x1/2/4/8/16/32 in the remaining 2 slots now, and eventually replace the existing 2x4 if needed.
     
  16. computerdummy macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for the help.
     
  17. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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    You and just about everybody else. That's a most reasonable way to look at it.

    If you're doing heavy graphic rendering or video editing, there's a chance that 72GB may not be enough down the road. At that point, you can decide to go up to 80/96/128. For most users, 72GB is way more than enough.

    The only reason I bought 128GB upfront is because I found a used machine that had it for less $$$ than the 64GB I need. Yea, wasn't gonna turn it down for that.
     
  18. macj3 macrumors newbie

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    Well, I just picked up a stock 2019, 21.5 iMac, the high end 4k, i5. to replace a relatives 2006 20" iMac. It was only used for internet browsing, emails and light music library. Out of the 256 Gig HD only 34 gigs was used! so I'm guessing the stock 1TB fusion drive will act as a complete SSD.
    But for my own machine upgrade can't decide. I now have a late 2009 20" iMac,12gig memory. 1tb HD. "normal" internet use, mostly photo storage with light processing...still using Photoshop CS5. and Photoshop elements. The photo library is over 600gig. I hope to get a long life, similar to the 2009 iMac.
    So...
    get 512 SSD with an external HD for the photo Library$$
    1TB SSD keep all on the internal as it is now.$$$$
    Save money, get 1TB fusion.
    Not sure how the external drive options would feel in everyday use...The saved money could be put in the pocket for future upgrade if needed.
    Also should I consider 16 Gig ram for longer usable life?
    Thanks in advance for any replies/opinions
     
  19. Benz63amg macrumors 68030

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    The 2TB fusion drive with 128GB SSD is my recommendation, update the ram to 16gb (or 40gb for more headroom)
     
  20. macj3 macrumors newbie

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    I will probably do the 16gb ram but the max BTO is 1TB SSD on the 21.5" iMac...they dropped the 2TB option..
     
  21. goldbuffalo macrumors member

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    Are you set on the 21.5 ?

    Once you get to the $2k territory, 27 inch is right there.

    You might want to price those out.
     

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