A few of my friends and I mulled over options in current Macs weighed against real world needs. Attached is the About This Mac info screen on my new machine. Somewhat modest. Certainly not an i7-powered iMac. I ran some tests to answer these questions — Do I need Fusion Drive? Would I benefit from an ext. SSD Boot Drive? Would I benefit from more RAM Here's some numbers I clocked the iMac I now have with the a spinning HD:. Wake up from sleep mode - :06 sec Aperture start :03MS Word start :04 Acrobat Pro start :04 PhotoShop :08 Apple Pages :12 Boot time from power on :45 I also looked at Activity Monitor to see what the RAM and CPU were doing. RAM use was 5.3Gb (out of 8Gb onboard) with the following programs running simultaneously:Aperture, PhotoShop, InDesign,Word. So about 60% utilization factor. My friend who is a Mac troubleshooter advised that RAM in excess of 8Gb is a waste. Another friend who is the founder of the 2nd largest MUG (Mac User Group) in America confirmed this. "Don't waste your money unless you are doing one of these three activities: Gaming, Video Editing or Movie Streaming. View: original size So, I am more than happy with what I've got. Furthermore, OWC is not getting my more of my money; at least not this week.