i7 or SSD?

TONYH0717

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if you had to choose between upgrading to i7 or installing SSD (1TB) what would you choose?
I already have 32 gb DDR4ram to install, so DDR4 is not the question :)
 

chicagofan00

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Depends on what your main usage of the computer will be. For all that I do on a regular basis I would probably go for the 1TB SSD if I was choosing between those two upgrades.
 
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TONYH0717

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Depends on what your main usage of the computer will be. For all that I do on a regular basis I would probably go for the 1TB SSD if I was choosing between those two upgrades.
The usual stuff: email, iTunes, Safari, Foto's.
So no heavy programs.
Maybe the fusion drive and the 32gb is already enough?
Just afraid that in a fes years HDD will or break or be old fashioned
 

Taz Mangus

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The usual stuff: email, iTunes, Safari, Foto's.
So no heavy programs.
Maybe the fusion drive and the 32gb is already enough?
Just afraid that in a fes years HDD will or break or be old fashioned
If you have the opportunity to get the SSD then I suggest that you do it.
 

playaproved

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Both? Is $200 for the processor upgrade a deal breaker on a ~$3000 computer?

If it is, I'd say SSD over processor given what you're doing with it.
 

Chupa Chupa

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The usual stuff: email, iTunes, Safari, Foto's.
So no heavy programs.
Maybe the fusion drive and the 32gb is already enough?
Just afraid that in a fes years HDD will or break or be old fashioned
I don't see anything that would call for an i7 -- or that would stress out any of the i5s in the 2017 iMacs. So I'd say SSD. But I'd also say you could but a stock iMac and just an ext. SSD and save some $. Honestly, my fear of sealed up SSD/HDs is the reason I use an external on mine. Huge fear of mine too. This way if the ext. gives up the ghost you just go get a new one -- no big deal.
 

theluggage

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if you had to choose between upgrading to i7 or installing SSD (1TB) what would you choose?
If its really an either/or choice - SSD.

However, if you're doing video work or other CPU-heavy stuff that could benefit from the i7, I think that the 512GB SSD and the i7 come in at less money than the 1TB upgrade alone.

The 1TB is a bit of a luxury for people who are too lazy* to organise their storage and archive bulky stuff to cheap external HDs.

(* I've just ordered an iMac with 1TB SSD so you get to call me "lazy" :) )
 
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chicagofan00

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The usual stuff: email, iTunes, Safari, Foto's.
So no heavy programs.
Maybe the fusion drive and the 32gb is already enough?
Just afraid that in a fes years HDD will or break or be old fashioned
You won't have the need for the i7 with that kind of usage. I'd get the SSD. Also, get the RAM from someone like Crucial or OWC, don't upgrade it via Apple.
 

cynics

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Since it appears you are referencing the 1tb Fusion as the alternative I would opt for the SSD.

If you were talking about the 2tb Fusion I would ask if you use more than 128gb (technically 124gb) of storage? If not it would be tough to tell the difference since all your data would reside on the SSD anyway. However since you went right to the 1tb I think its a safe bet to assume you use more storage than that?

Go for the SSD.