iMac - MAX'd out config - SSD worth it?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GrassHoppa10, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. GrassHoppa10 macrumors member

    May 8, 2009
    I know SSD's rock. Have them in my MBP 15", my MBA 13" etc.

    Need to replace my 5 yr old iMac 24" with a new iMac 27".

    The SSD is ridiculously expensive - $600 for a 256GB. Whereas I have a spare Samsung 256GB SSD just bought on Amazon at sale price. But the iFixit procedure for adding a SSD is scary - way too many steps.

    My usage is typical Safari/iTunes/iMovie/iDVD/Photoshop CS6, Aperture, iPhoto and VMs to run Win 7 ultimate for work, and VPN clients to work etc.

    I plan to add 16GB or preferably 32GB memory. But the SSD is a ripoff from apple. Plus if I get it with the 2TB disk alone, then not sure if power cables/SSD tray/SATA cable connector is there. Any recommendations.
  2. iMarvin macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2011
    On the internet!
    Do you have a handy friend? If yes, do it yourself. :)
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Haven't really investigated it much myself, but aren't there external enclosures now showing up for Thunderbolt? Probably not as ideal as internal, but perhaps cheaper. I also know OWC will install their SSDs for you; they won't put in the one you already bought however.
  4. rottnjohn macrumors newbie


    May 22, 2011
    silly valley
    It sucks but I think it's worth it in the long run. I have a 22" i7 w/SSD+1Tb at home and 27" i7 HD only at work, both 2011, both pure Apple except for the Crucial memory.

    I prefer the one at home but I had to scrape by for a couple (extra) months get it. I didn't want to risk AppleCare. I have plenty of homegrown vmhosts to muck with at home and work should I need to.
  5. mactmaster macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2010
    It's really simple to do upgrades yourself on the iMacs. You can get RAM much cheaper than Apple offers it. Last year I picked up 16GB for $32. Installing an SSD yourself is really simple on the newer iMacs because they already include a spare SATA port. OWC offers a kit.

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