I give up! No SSD for me...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dilgit, May 14, 2011.

  1. dilgit macrumors regular

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    I've given up the SSD option!! 4-6 weeks are too much wait. I've orderded the SSD + 1TB but cancelled and today I switched to the other top of the line option: iMac 27", i7 3.4GHz + 16GB + 2TB HD + 2GB GFX
    Should get my new iMac in 3 days. I'm sooooo excited!! We'll see what to do with imac SSD in the future. In the meantime, I'll keep on enjoying my SSD MacBook Pro.
     
  2. likegadgets macrumors 6502

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    I did the exact same thing
     
  3. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502

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  4. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Apparently the "issues" that were reported by engadget about HDD/SDD self-installation don't exist (i.e. fans going crazy etc.), hopefully putting in an after-market SSD shouldn't be too much trouble! At the very least it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper.
     
  5. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

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    Ow! $600 to go to 16gb ram.

    I know I know, you probably figure it's just easier to have them do it but man, that's alot of cash left on the table when doing it yourself. It really is not much harder than putting a piece of bread in a toaster.

    Steve the butler, make me some toast, you need to earn the $400 extra I am paying you!
     
  6. jgo78 macrumors 6502

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    i agree, $400 for 2 minutes of work (not even work) is not worth it. $400 is almost worth the price of an SSD.
     
  7. JeepGuy macrumors regular

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    You can lead a person to knowledge, but you can't make them think.
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    you paid them 600 for 16gb ram!

    must be nice to be able to burn money like that!
     
  9. -pete- macrumors member

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    I couldn't be bothered to wait either, far too expensive and far too long to wait to really be bothered with, I may add one later either internally or via Thunderbolt though.
     
  10. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah definitely not the best way to spend $600. I bought 8GB of RAM for $45 at a local shop, so I have 12GB and that's probably more than I could ever need/use. But I did the same thing, the SSD option was just way too long of a wait so I decided to get the 1TB model and upgrade the processor and graphics. Beastly machine if you ask me. :D
     
  11. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Wow, indeed :p
     
  12. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    I can't help but comment

    If I were able to spend more than $3000 , I would have bought a MacPro + Apple Cinema Display, which eventually a better option and performer, still better GPU, better cooling system, and expandability even with no Thunderbolt at the moment.

    The main value of an iMac (especially the hi-end 27") is to having a great performance, really close to a MacPro .. with $1000 - $2000 less and the great cinema display still included.

    The need of an iMac would be obsolete if you spend that chunk of money. Yeah yeah it's not my money, so who am I to judge?

    I'm just saying here
     
  13. mackage macrumors 6502

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    Burning money like this isn't nice no matter how much money you have. Spending $400 more than you have to consistently through life means you are left with less than you could have had.

    The rich don't get richer by being stupid.
     
  14. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    You probably are right. However once I am done upgrading:

    iMac 27" $2,947.00

    Configuration
    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB GDDR5
    Apple Magic Mouse + Magic Trackpad
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
    iWork preinstalled
    Accessory Kit

    AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac - Auto-enroll $169.00
    1-year One to One membership $99.99

    Cart subtotal$3,215.00
    Free Shipping $0.00
    Estimated Tax $225.05
    Order Total$3,440.05

    In your thinking I may agree since I'm paying $3,500. But I prefer the All-in One vs. another tower.
     
  15. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Another: CHANGE YOUR ORDER post. get the stock 4 gigs.

    add 8 gigs (for a total of 12) for $100 and DIY.

    My 7 year old daughter could put ram in an iMac.
     
  16. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    I have a hard time with a $3400 iMac as well.

    Do you really need one to one? - $100
    applecare iMac $125 @ BH photo. -$50
    Skip mouse, use old one. -$70
    Skip iWork. -$80. If you only want, say, Pages, buy separate, $20 each.
    Skip the SSD. Get it next time when its cheaper. You dont need it. -$500
    Order BTO i7 from smalldog in VT, no tax. i7 with no SSD is $2300.

    Save $800
     
  17. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    Actually it's not. $500 for SSD option or $600 for SSD+1TB HD.
     
  18. G4er? macrumors 6502a

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    But child labor is against the law in the United States. That's why Apple charges so much to do it.
     
  19. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for some of the tips!


    1) Do you really need one to one? -- NO - $100

    2) AppleCare iMac $125 @ BH photo. -- Did not know thank you -$50

    3) Skip mouse, use old one. -$70 (on the fence about this) -70 or +70

    4) Skip iWork. -$80. If you only want, say, Pages, buy separate, $20 each -- GOOD POINTS! Actually was thinking of not getting it right now and wait till iWork 11 comes out and then yes on Mac App Store I can pick and choose the programs once they are released -$80

    5) Skip the SSD. Get it next time when its cheaper. You dont need it. Actually, I'm planning on keeping this 6-8 years so despite the high price in the market "next time" will be too long in the future. +$600

    27-inch iMac $2,868.00

    Configuration
    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB GDDR5
    Apple Magic Mouse + Magic Trackpad
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
    Accessory Kit

    Cart subtotal$2,868.00
    Free Shipping $0.00
    Estimated Tax $200.76

    Order Total $3,068.76

    vs.

    iMac 27" $2,947.00

    Configuration
    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB GDDR5
    Apple Magic Mouse + Magic Trackpad
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
    iWork preinstalled
    Accessory Kit

    AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac - Auto-enroll $169.00
    1-year One to One membership $99.99

    Cart subtotal$3,215.00
    Free Shipping $0.00
    Estimated Tax $225.05
    Order Total$3,440.05

    you saved me $371.29 THANKS!!
     
  20. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    If you don't need 2 3 seconds faster loading, just skip SSD .. it's not a necessity, it's a luxury item.

    SSD would be cheaper 2 3 years from now to reach today's HDD price with equivalent capacity.

    And 3 years from now, who knows you'll gain enough strength and need to upgrade your iMac, in which SSD could be standard .. be patient :D
     
  21. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    You all getting me thinking seriously here. What to do?

    But everyone who owns a MacBook Air say they would never look back on not getting a SSD
     
  22. iamthedudeman, May 14, 2011
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    SSD is instant loading. 5X faser boot times, and is the best upgrade you can do for a PC or Mac. More important than the processor. Gives the greatest amount of performance over any other thing you can do to your machine.

    Once you use a SSD, you will not want to use a traditional HD, trust me. The performance is that profound.

    No reason to wait three years. You can boot from a external drive via thunderbolt in the near future and buy a small SSD for just a boot drive and keep your apps and boot on it only. Keep your home folder on the HD. Problem solved. 128GB SSD is not expensive.

    I am waiting a few more weeks because I would rather have my SSD in my imac, but i is not a necessity to have it there. Thunderbolt is as fast or faster than a SATA 3.
     
  23. iSayuSay, May 14, 2011
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    Macbook air has options, you may get 64, 128 or 256gb

    I, for the price would pick 128gb macbook air and still able to enjoy the speed without paying too much

    OTOH, iMac doesnt have that privilege. Either you order 256gb or no ssd at all!!

    That's what turn me off. The lowest ssd $/Gb today is in 128Gb. I might end up buying one and ask a friend who works in AASP to install it for me

    But if u have spare to burn another $600, u shouldn't bother :)

    EDIT: Beside that, MacBook Air´speed is still an ¨illusion¨. It might boot 10 seconds faster than even i7 iMac, but it encodes video 30minutes longer, so you do the math .. 10 seconds should be a bit slower compared to 30minutes ain´t it :p

    But of course, if they use SSD 128 Gb with rational price, I would pick it anyday !! :D
     
  24. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    @thedudesman

    Yea dude of course I understand, boot time might not 5x faster though, but ... sure SSD would make u think u just bought a new computer :p

    I was talking about getting Internal SSD out of the box of an iMac. I myself wouldnt wait for 3 years, once external SSD with TB released, it would even faster than SATA, it's a no brainer
     
  25. SoAnyway, May 14, 2011
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    I wish I had the same kind of money to burn as many of you guys. I feel like my iMac budget is small compared to everyone else, here's mine:

    I alloted $2,600 just for the iMac and I will purchasing it with the education discount and the back-to-school promotion. I'll be upgrading to 16GB RAM after market (estimated at less than $250). I'll add the SSD in maybe a couple of years once the price per gigabyte is a lot more reasonable. My configuration is as follows..

    27" iMac - $1,899
    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 - UPGRADE + $180
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5 - UPGRADE + $90
    Apple Magic Mouse
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide - CROSSGRADE

    Sub Total (iMac only): $2,169

    +Apple Care (optional but I think it's a necessity): $119
    +Printer (optional but it's free right?): $99.95 (-$100Rebate)
    +64GB iPod Touch (Back-to-school promotion; optional but I can sell it and make a profit): $399 (-$229 rebate)

    Sub Total: $2,786.95
    Estimated Tax: $271.73
    Total (up front): $3,058.68

    Rebates: $99.95 + $229 = -$328.95

    Total (after rebates): $2,729.73

    (Probable estimate) Sale of 64GB iPod Touch: -$299-379 (depending on where I sell of course)
     

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