Help Decide on new iMac purchase!!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ArmanSLR, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. ArmanSLR macrumors member

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    Hey All, I was super excited when I see the new iMacs and love the design, I currently have a Core 2 Duo that I use at work and desperately need to upgrade. Here is my situation:

    I need a new computer for work, and at work I need bootcamp, however my PC at home has an SSD and I wanted SSD only if possible on my new mac for work.

    I do not have much files at work nor home, on my home PC I have a 512gb SSD and I only used maybe 100 GB of it. My PC at home is maxed a 7.8 score from windows, so I do not really downgrade.

    So, with that said. I have 4 Options.

    Option #1 Get a maxed out imac 27"

    3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    768GB Flash Storage
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5

    I will max out ram my self, this will cost ~4K.

    Option #2 Get a imac maxed except for HDD and Swap with SSD my self. This option I do not know if 100% we can swap the base 1TB HDD and put in a SSD and install osx and windows on it without voiding warranty correct?

    3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5

    I will max out ram and install a 512GB SSD my self (if possible)

    This option with SSD and Ram would cost ~3K

    Option # 3

    Get the Maxed out Imac with a 1TB Fusion Drive and split the ssd for windows and os x? Is this possible?

    3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    1TB Fusion Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5

    Again I would put ram in myself.

    This would cost ~ 3.2K

    Option # 4

    Get an apple display for ~1K and build a PC my self. I have a 17" MBP maxed out i7 that is very fast and do not really use OS X at work on a daily basis, more like around 2-3 times a week and could bring my MBP to work when needed.

    So option # 4, display would cost ~1K, and I can build an i7 PC with SSD and a better GPU for around 1.5K so total cost would be about ~2.6-2.7K.


    I am kind of stuck, in a perfect world I want to just buy a maxed out 27" imac from apple with a 256 or 512 GB SSD, but the 1170$ for 756 is a bit too much for what I want to spend and I will not use more then 300GB of SSD even dual booting. If it is 100% possible to just get the standard 1 TB HDD and if it does not void warranty to Swap the HD for an SSD then I would do that.

    What should I do? I appreciate the help!
     
  2. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Get the third option but you may want to get it with the i5.
     
  3. ArmanSLR thread starter macrumors member

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    So I can use the 128GB of SSD of fusion for OS X and bootcamp? How does this work? Am I able to only install the operating systems on the SSD and all programs on the standard drive?
     

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