Hello! I am an illustrator working mainly in Photoshop, but I also use Illustrator and InDesign for some of my work. I do a lot of traditional work too, so I'm always scanning at very high resolution. When I'm working I have Photoshop running working with pretty large files (I do most of my work for print), ten or more internet tabs open, sometimes InDesign running at the same time and quite a few images and folders open too. I'm slowly getting into video editing as well (using Photoshop and Premiere Pro) and once I get the iMac I will start using iMovie and then quite possibly transition to Final Cut Pro after some time. I will most probably not edit 4k footage as I don't have a camera which supports 4k and I'm not planning to buy a new one anytime soon. I'm looking into getting an iMac in the near future and I am a bit confused and overwhelmed. Right now I'm using a Windows pc, that's what I've been using all my life, but I've had other Apple products for quite a few years now (iPhone, iPad..) and I absolutely love them so I really want to switch to an iMac as well for quite a few reasons. Right now I'm looking at the 27" 2017 iMac but I'm confused as I'm not sure which one would be most suitable for me and my work. I want something to help me do my work efficiently, but I don't want to spend money on a maxed out iMac just because. The Windows pc that I'm currently using has the following specs: Intel Core i3-3240 CPU 3.4 GHz, 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (total available graphics memory of 4096MB and dedicated video memory of 2048MB) and 500GB of storage (although I'm using an external drive too for storing many files). This PC does work, I would be lying if I said it didn't, but it is slow and it freezes a lot and I really have to be careful about what files are running and when, otherwise it freezes and I risk losing them. Also, the monitor I'm using is absolutely horrible and the upgrade to a 27" 5k monitor is one of the big reasons of wanting the iMac. Video editing is a whole 'nother story though as I find it very frustrating and basically impossible to have a decent experience on this pc. I tried making a very simple, 2 minute long stop motion video using photos taken with my iPhone (so no crazy resolution or anything like that) in Photoshop using the timeline feature and also in Premiere Pro and it just refused to replay the video smoothly. It was only after finishing and exporting that I could see the frames in real time. I know I certainly need more than 8GB of RAM, as it seems that my current computer is using 80%+ of it for my basic workflow. However, I don't know much about the other specs and I don't really know which is more important over which for the work I am doing. I've tried looking around the forum and reading about what other people's experiences were (i5 vs i7, fusion drive vs SSD and so on) but I still cannot wrap my head around to choose a personalized configuration for my type of situation. Considering the specs of my current computer, I'm guessing that even the 27" 2017 base model iMac would be a huge jump for me, but I really want to get something that would best suit me as I want to keep using the iMac for many years. While I understand the basics of specs, I don't really know which program benefits from what and so on and I would absolutely love to hear your opinion. Would my workflow really take advantage of the boost that the i7 4.2 GHz has to offer, or would it perform just as well with the i5? While I was looking around the forum I saw that many said that the i7 is pretty noisy, which I don't think I would like. And if the i5 is good enough, are the 3.8 or 3.5 really worth the money over the 3.4? I see that pretty much everyone suggests choosing SSD over the standard 1TB fusion drive so I'm guessing that it is worth upgrading? How would that benefit my workflow? Do you think that the 256GB SSD would be enough for me? Or would it be worth investing in the 512GB SSD upgrade? And what about the 4GB of video memory vs the 8GB? Which parts of my workflow would benefit from that? I see that the 8GB of video memory only comes with the 3.8 i5 and the 4.2 i7 so it is also much more expensive than the 4GB. I plan on buying the 8GB of RAM from Apple and upgrading it myself because I know I would save some money and it seems pretty easy to do on the 27" model. Do you think upgrading to 16GB would be enough? Or should I be looking at an upgrade up to 32? Maybe the easiest answer would be to max out everything and I'm sure it would run like the wind, but unfortunately I cannot spend all my money like that, so that's why I'm trying to find the best solutions. I would really love to hear your advice! Sorry for such a long post!