Buying my first iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jlwlynn, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. jlwlynn macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    I have an old Macbook Pro, but I want a desktop. I'm trying to keep the price down and I was wondering what you think about the options I'm going to be choosing (most likely). I understand this is completely subjective, but I'm hoping for a shove in the right direction. I'm trying to keep the cost down, so here is what I am thinking :

    New 21.5" iMac
    2.7GHz processor
    16G RAM (Necessary?)
    1TB Fusion Drive
    Add SuperDrive (I'd like to have DVD/CD capability)

    This still comes out closer to $2k than I'd hoped, but I figure with these options this will last me for some time now. I would like to buy from Amazon to save on the tax, but unfortunately, there isn't a way to customize.

    I would appreciate any input.


  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    You may want to list your intended use and how long you plan to keep the iMac this may help give better advice.
  3. jlwlynn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    Ah, yes, sorry.

    Intended use: Mostly surfing, email, facetime, photo/video editing (nothing serious), occasional Java development, possible other development, etc. My first order of business is to allow the wife to plug in her camera, rip off the photos with picasa locally and have some sort of automator script or cron job to move them to my NAS. That will get her off of my back. :) I've tried getting picasa to rip directly to my NAS but it's painfully slow and occasionally the camera has run out of battery. More troubles. I would work on this with my Macbook Pro, but I'm running thin on local space. Also, I intend on having the iMac up 24/7 while the Macbook isn't always. Oh, and I hate iPhoto, thus Picasa.

    I plan on keeping it until it dies or until I get fed up with the space and speed.


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