Best 27 inch Configuration for Web Design/Development

Discussion in 'iMac' started by macronerd, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. macronerd macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2007
    About to get my first iMac and going for the 27 inch. My main usage will be web design with CS6, web and ios development, photo and video editing. Not much gaming. I would like to keep this machine 2-3 years.

    I am unsure on which configuration would be best or overkill.

    CPU - Would the base 3.2 i5 be sufficient vs the 3.4 i5?
    Graphics card - I'm not a gamer but for photo and video editing should I upgrade to the GTX 780M?

    Definitely getting the Fusion Drive and as much RAM as I can.
  2. iamdannygreen macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Barnsley - United Kingdom
    I've just ordered the 27inch for exactly the same purpose (Web Design).

    I've stuck to the 3.2 ghz, and just upgraded to Fusion drive, I have a MacBook Pro (2ghz i7) at the moment which is more than enough to cope with the workload, I also do quite a bit of 3D work and AfterEffects without any problems :)

    If I was you I would upgrade the RAM yourself, as it is significantly cheaper than paying for the Apple upgrade.
  3. macronerd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2007
    Yep definitely upgrading the RAM myself. Just undecided on if I should go for the higher i5 CPU and max GPU for $300 more than the base configuration :confused:
  4. iamdannygreen macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Barnsley - United Kingdom
    To be honest, I think just upgrading to the Fusion Drive will be enough. I'd spend the $300 on another treat for yourself, graphics table etc.
  5. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Well to give some perspective I do iPhone app development, design work, video editing and photo editing on a 13" retina macbook pro connected to an external monitor/keyboard/mouse. CPU wise I am pretty much fine and dandy for those tasks, but many times I do wish I had a dedicated GPU (Primarily for video editing) which is why I am looking at an iMac for my desk. So any 27" would be a huge boost for me at least.

    You definitely want the Fusion drive though. Once you have SSD level disk speeds there is no going back...And of course upgrade the RAM yourself. I would say you probably don't need to max it out to last 3 years, but that is just me.
  6. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    The faster GPU is nice to have for 3d and gaming but won't have much effect on Photoshop and other 2d work, you can look up your particular editor but the GPU isn't usually heavily used by most editing apps either.

    RAM and CPU will have more of an effect for your design and development work, and the faster hard drive is nice to have as well for a lot snappier day to day operations.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Given that the OP was asking this questions back in 2013, I'm sure he's already made his decision.

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