Base 27 iMac, good enough?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by msregister, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. msregister macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Reading this forum, most have ordered the mid to high tier 27 imac 2017.

    Considering base 27 imac, no upgrades, will it be good enough or should I consider upgrading?

    I don´t do gaming or professional photo/video editing but have 10-15 work applications, 2 browsers, each with 20+ tabs etc. open at all times.
  2. Adam Warlock macrumors regular

    Adam Warlock

    Jun 22, 2016
    Even a base iMac is plenty powerful for the vast majority of people, but if you're running many of those apps at the same time I suggest you buy some extra RAM, perhaps 8 to 16 GB, and stick it in the machine in addition to the base 8 GB it comes with.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    In terms of the CPU and graphics, the base configuration should be fine, BUT...
    ...DON'T get the standard drive.

    Instead, consider spending either $100 or $300 (respectively) more for either the 256gb or 512gb SSD. (You need to configure these through "build to order", I not sure if brick-n-mortar Apple Stores will carry this as a standard configuration)

    If you need more storage space, you can always add an external USB3 SSD as well.

    NOTHING will keep the iMac running fast and smooth throughout its life as will an SSD inside.
    Even the 256 will make a world of difference!
  4. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2007
    My new 27inch iMac is running quite smooth with the 2tb drive. The CPU upgrade to i7 is what I would do.
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Unnecessary for the OP. SSD will make the biggest real-world performance difference and vastly increase the reliability of the drive.

    i7 is overkill and will not have any noticeable performance difference for the OP's usage as they are not doing CPU intensive work.
  6. Zapp21 macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2014
    The i5 3.8 and especially the Radeon Pro 580 graphics will push the resale value in the future a lot I guess? The SSD upgrade is a must though!
  7. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    At the minimum, you will want the 2TB Fusion Drive (not the 1TB) as the SSD is 4 times as large (128GB vs. 32GB) so you are much more likely to have the data and applications you are working with on the SSD.
  8. Packers1958 macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2017
    South Dakota
    I got the base 27 inch, but opted for the 512 SSD instead of the fusion drive. Updating from a 2011 iMac and I know the base model will be plenty good for me. I may update the RAM later on.
  9. msregister thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Thanks, resale value is not a consideration, it gets passed down to the kids...
  10. Luxtrau macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2017
    I have just one advice, like a few people said: don't get a HDD or FusionDrive. It will slow down your Mac. Maybe not immediately, but as soon as you have more files stored. I had a FD on my Mac Mini and this was noticeably slower.
  11. importluva macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Im thinking about the same base 27" but with 512 SSD. Add more external storage later if you need it. Went to the store today to see it and my god that screen...
  12. Falcon80 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    I agree this is a good choice.

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