Base Model 5k Imac - Keep or Upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by grunty, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. grunty macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Got a hold of a 5k base model iMac at a decent price -Quad Core I5 3.3 / 8GB Ram / 1TB 7400 RPM disk.

    Usually i'd have got into the house, opened the box and had it on my desk before doing anything else - this one is still in the box though.

    Can't decide if should just sell it and make around £200 from it or go all in and upgrade the RAM / SSD (and in turn void the warranty).

    For just under £300 i could have 32 GB Memory 512MB SSD Drive upgrade kit from OWC to get around the fan issues

    and i'd be left with a 5k Imac / Quad Core I5 / 32GB RAM and a 512mb SSD (which sounds awesome.

    Other option is sell it and try to get a mac pro on the cheap which will probably set me back another £1000 and then a monitor to buy..

    Any help / advice? (totally prepared to take the gamble on the warranty)

  2. jmwagner95 macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2015
    If having a 5k display is something you're interested in, then it doesn't necessarily make sense to sell and pick up the mac pro with monitor.

    This 5k display from Dell floats around the $2000 price point.

    What would you be using the machine for? If 5k is not a necessity, a quality 4k display can be had for well under $1000.
  3. grunty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Hello - I'll admit to liking the 5k display but it's not something i'm hellbent on. Biggest use for me will probably be virtualisation (hence the lots of memory).

    Kids are minecraft daft as well so a decent GPU / CPU wouldn't go a miss either.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Go for it that sounds like a great machine, it'll give you almost the performance of the pro for gaming at much lower cost with a great 5K screen thrown in.
  5. Dubadai macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    I would sell it, because being stuck with a mechanical drive in 2015 is not going to be fun...
  6. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    This is literally the only that is disappointing about the new base 5K. It offers 95% of the CPU and GPU performance for $300 less but you're stuck with an HDD. It's a fast HDD, but it's a HDD nonetheless.

    And it's too bad you can't spend $100 and stick a standard 256GB SATA SSD in it without a bunch of hassle.
  7. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    You've got to ask yourself: do you really want a Mac Pro? They're nice machines if money is no object, but they're only "value for money" if you're going to use them for what they're optimised for: serious video editing, rendering and other applications that require sustained heavy CPU load & can offload processing to the dual GPU.

    For the iMac, remember that the RAM upgrade is an easy no-tool upgrade that won't void the warranty. Its the SSD upgrade that is the challenge - personally, I might try that on a 2-3 year old machine that needed a boost, but I'd quail at doing it on a brand new one - but if you're up for it, why not? (If you're making the effort, I'd be inclined to put in a ~1TB SSD)

    Might be worth seeing how the HD performs with 32GB RAM first, though - might be good enough.
  8. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    You could always add an external Thunderbolt SSD and boot/run OS X from that. Get a tiny bus-powered portable like a LaCie "Rugged", remove the orange rubber shell, and stick it on the back of your iMac stand out of sight. Use the internal hard disk for library, archive data, backup, etc. No opening the iMac and risking damage or voiding the warranty.
  9. grunty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Thats an awesome idea... Thats tonights research sorted!

  10. grunty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    I've ordered the kit from OWC for the HDD upgrade - fair shout if i do go ahead and do the upgrade i'd be as well making it the 1TB..
  11. warrenl macrumors member


    Jun 23, 2015
    be aware that you do not get the full read/write performance using the Lacie Thunderbolt external. The write speeds is reduced by about 75-100 MBs compared to a powered Thunderbolt enclosure.

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