iMac 5K late 2015, i5 or i7 for normal home use?

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  1. Bader macrumors newbie

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    I'm about to buy a late 2015 iMac 5K in 10 days, my current computer is a late 2008 MacBook my usage for the had been only for normal home use like browsing, watching videos.

    I'm interested to buy in iMac this time, but I am confused between getting an i5 3.3 GHz or i7 4.0 GHz!

    I sometimes tell my self that an i5 should be enough for since I'm going to use it for normal use (browsing, watching videos, but I'll never use it for photo or video editing and etc), and sometimes I tell myself that an i7 can be great for me in order to be future proof, but ordering an i7 will take ages to arrive in my country, while the i5 is readily available.

    What would you say guys, should I go for an i5 or i7?

    Thank you in advance
    Best regard :)
     
  2. Macmamamac macrumors regular

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    For your usage, just get get the cheapest model 27" i5. Spend the extra money you would have wasted on upgrades on other stuff.
     
  3. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    Even the i5 sounds overkill for your usage. If anything you would benefit performance wise from getting a SSD instead of a spinning hard drive.
     
  4. Bader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your kind responses. I think I'll be getting a 3.3 GHz i5. Would you suggest me to upgrade the ram, or just keep it at 8gb?
     
  5. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely keep the RAM at 8GB. Apple charges too much for their RAM. If you need more RAM at it is easy and inexpensive to upgrade yourself.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Keep the 8GB, there's no reason to upgrade to 16GB
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Keep it at 8GB from the sounds of it thats more than enough for your usage. Make sure you get some sort of decent SSD is my only advice, so 2TB fusion drive or a pure SSD set up are your best options.
     
  8. Bader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm planning on getting 2tb Fusion Drive!
     
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Seems perfect for you go for it.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    Given that the 2TB has 128GB of flash storage I think that's a good idea. I too went with that option. The SSD upgrade was too pricey, i.e., my data would not fit on a 512GB SSD (and I didn't want to deal with external drives).
     
  11. Macmamamac, Dec 21, 2015
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    One more thing to consider is if you even need an iMac for basic usage anymore. I never used to recommend an iPad over an iMac for a main computer, but with the arrival of the iPad Pro, it makes more sense to get a tablet if all you are doing is browsing and watching youtube videos etc.

    Browsing and watching videos is so much better tucked up on a comfortable chair than sitting at a computer desk.
     
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    If you're one of those folks who normally has like 50 tabs open in a browser, you might consider going with a little more RAM.

    For me, I like to future-proof my RAM in a computer and start with plenty of it; I like things running smoothly.

    As for the CPU, the i5 should be plenty good enough for your needs.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    The 5K iMac has upgradeable ram, so unlike the 21" iMac the OP can wait and upgrade once he needs it
     
  14. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Sometimes buggy web processes can leak memory like a sieve; having extra ram can delay the inevitable. 16 gb is quite comfortable for serious web browsing.
     
  15. AL2TEACH macrumors regular

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    I just finished setting up my iMac
    i5, 390, 2TB Fusion, and added 16 for the ram for a total of 24.
    So far, more than a little happy.
     
  16. Bader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome! I can't wait to get mine by next week :)
     
  17. Bader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I understand what you mean. But I'm getting an iMac as a replacement for my old MacBook, and also I'm planning on getting the next iPad when it comes out :)
     
  18. Bader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is the 128GB SSD storage part or apart of the 2TB storage?
     
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  20. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    Physically it is a 2TB HDD and a 128GB SSD in addition to that.
     
  21. Bader, Dec 30, 2015
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    Bader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll be picking up mine tomorrow morning! I can't wait!

    That's great!
     
  22. fingrar macrumors newbie

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    Mine is coming soon, can you give me your initial thoughts on it. Happy with your purchase?
     
  23. zacster macrumors member

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    I bought an i5 version last week and couldn't be happier. 3.3ghz/M395/2tb/8gb, from stock at the Apple store, no waiting.
     
  24. Erdbeertorte macrumors demi-goddess

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    I wonder why the SSD of the 2TB FusionDrive has a so much slower writing speed than the larger ones.

    The iMac I returned had a 2TB FusionDrive what I split up. I ran a speed test on the SSD and the HDD.

    Here is the result for the SSD:

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    And that's my current 1TB SSD (from what I saw here in the forums there is no real difference to the 256 and 512GB SSD):

    1TB.png
     
  25. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    Did you also make a speed test of the HDD after splitting then up?
     

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