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guidoverduci

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I plan on purchasing the base model 21.5" iMac and having an authorized apple dealer put in an ssd and bump up the hard drive to 2gb.

My usage.. Real basic. Internet, iPhoto, word, excel, occasional handbrake, and iMovie. Would I benefit that much by getting anything other than the base model?
 

Kendo

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Apr 4, 2011
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Don't think you'd have much use at all for an SSD with those tasks. You should save your money.
 

FrankHahn

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May 17, 2011
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If you have money to spend and you would like to have a fast machine in many tasks, then it is good for you to have an SSD!
 

Michael383

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The base model 21.5" iMac is a good choice for your usage. The SSD is a nice addition.
 
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Lankyman

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I wouldn't go anywhere near the abomination that is the base model but go up one. The base uses the Mac Air CPU. For your needs you may as well just order the Fusion Drive when you make your purchase. More than fast enough - I doubt you would be disappointed.
 

c55

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My opinion, you should wait out on the SSD. Prices for them are getting cheaper and cheaper. You will not see any real difference having an SSD with your daily tasks.

But, as your iMac will age in the next ~5 years, you can switch to SSD and notice you have a brand new Mac again. A basic SSD will be even cheaper in the next couple of years.

As for the model iMac, it isn't powerful - at all - but should be fine for what you are doing.
 

yjchua95

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I plan on purchasing the base model 21.5" iMac and having an authorized apple dealer put in an ssd and bump up the hard drive to 2gb.

My usage.. Real basic. Internet, iPhoto, word, excel, occasional handbrake, and iMovie. Would I benefit that much by getting anything other than the base model?
Will an Apple authorised dealer or AASP replace the SSD first? As far as I know, adding something which didn't come with it initially will definitely void the warranty.
 
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