Choosing an iMac and Add-Ons Help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by revrun, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. revrun macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    So I'm looking to get an iMac, and just have a couple of questions on whether the different add-ons are worth the money. I'm looking to get a 21.5" for the price and because I just don't need such a big screen in my small apartment. Also, I'm going to be primarily using it for gaming with Starcraft II among others, and I'm going to upgrade the RAM to 8 GB or 16 GB on my own. With that being said, here are the questions I have:

    1. Should I upgrade to the i7 processor or is there no noticeable difference?

    2. Since, I'm going with the cheaper one (21.5"), should I upgrade the harddrive to include an SSD or, for what I'm planning with it, is the 1 TB hardrive sufficient?

    3. Or would it be worth it to go up to the 27" iMac?

  2. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    1. If you're going to go with the 21.5" then I wouldn't worry about upgrading the processor because(from what I've seen) the difference isn't noticeable.
    2.The 1TB HDD would also be more than enough, I think. But that also depends on how much media you have or are planning on accumulating.
    3. It would only be worth it if you wanted a much larger screen, but you could buy a 27" monitor somewhere for less than $800 and still have an awesome machine with dual screens.

    If you want to upgrade the HDD, do it yourself and you'll save lot of money. Paying an extra $300 for another 500GB is crazy when I: bought a 3TB HDD, had it installed by the Geek Squad, and also bought a bare hard drive docking station so that I could easily close my HD without having to reinstall the OS. And I did all that for $270.

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