I'm going to buy a 27" iMac for my son who does video editing, Photoshop, and he's also a musician so he'll be sung it to edit and compose and whatever else can be done on a computer as it relates to music.. I want to keep it to $2300 or less. Macmall has this: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 4GB (2x2GB) RAM 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive 8x SuperDrive DVD Burner, SDXC Card Slot AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB GPU 27" LED Backlit Widescreen Display Price is $1870. If I upgrade to 3.4 i7 and a 2GB video card it brings the price to $2294 Or they have this one: 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1TB hard drive 2560 x 1440 resolution AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics If I upgrade this one to the 256GB SSD + 1TB HD the price comes out to be exact, $2294 So, NO SSD but faster processor with hyper threading on the first option or slower processor with no hyper threading but SSD on the second option. What do you think will be better in the long run? Thanks B.