i7 with SSD only option

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Prozac, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Prozac macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2004
    I am planning to replace my almost 6 year old PPC iMac with new "i7 with SSD 256GB only" option. No platter drive.

    I currently use about 300 GB space, which I cam cut down to 230 GB after spring clean. I use the imac for photos, internet, music, iWork and occasionally to watch films. I might use it in the future for home video editing.

    The question is-
    1. Is this SSD user replaceable, when prices come down and I decide to go for 500gb or so?

    2. Does it really improve quality of computer use as people say-quick load, silent, and less whine from the fan(i hope)?

    3. Does SSD deteriorate over time?

    4. Am I missing something here, if I drop the option of platter drive?

    I am still anxious about glossy display- my iMac is is 20" matte, bought on day 1 after Paris expo 2004.

  2. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    It is replaceable by taking aopart your iMac, which is not something that i would fancy!

    Yes! loading times are VASTLY improved! but I would get a SSD and normal drive option, you do not want your hdd full on day one! I dont think you will notice that much noise difference! Certainly wont affect fan noise!

    I dont believe so

    You will have very little storage space and you need to add extra drives for more photos and downloads and your ocasional films!

    Go for 1TB and SSD!
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    It's only 150$ more for 1TB HD so definitely get that. I wouldn't use the SSD for anything else but apps and OS X. You don't want to squeeze your data because of that and it's better if it isn't full.

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