Good configuration for current iMac? Opinions

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 62tele, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. 62tele macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    Please, only actual Mac users who own an iMac should respond.
    I currently have a mid-2010 27" iMac which still is functional but showing it's age. The 27" was necessary when I was working but I've retired. I don't need big spreadsheets open while I am working on database builds. So I'm going to opt for the 21.5 "
    My needs are simple... Small Excel or Numbers worksheets; email, light web browsing (3 or 4 tabs); iTunes etc. However I am a Logic Pro X user recording mostly guitar projects. Very few 3rd party plug-ins but using Logic's software instruments, and EQ, compression and effects. Probably a maximum of 16 tracks.
    I've basically decided to buy an iMac from the current offerings.
    Does this configuration make sense in terms of getting 5 to 6 years out of the new purchase.
    16 gb RAM
    256 or 512 gb SSD
    FHD (non-Retina) 2.8 GHz quad core
    Retina 3.1 GHz quad core

    I can't decide whether retina is worth it since I only use iMovie and do very minimum work with photos.
    Opinions, suggestions?
  2. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    If you really must have 21.5", just get the upgraded non-Retina.

    Really, if it were me I'd just get a base 27" retina with a 256GB SSD and upgrade the RAM later, since its user upgradeable. The RAM in the 21.5" is not.

    Would only be $100 more than a 16GB 256 SSD 21.5" Retina, or $300 over a similarly configured non-retina 21.5". I could save up that difference in a paycheck or two.
  3. 62tele thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    Thanks. I understand the logic completely but I just don't really want or need a 27". It's not about the coin. I almost pulled the trigger on a 15" MBP but the screen isn't really optimal for Logic. I love the design of the new MBP but it's not really a great value.

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