Just want to make sure before I buy an iMac...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by guidoverduci, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. guidoverduci macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2008
    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?
  2. Kendo macrumors 68010

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

    Oct 17, 2008
    Yeah, but I have the MBA and I love how that thing is snappy.
  4. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    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!
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Its to make up for the fairly slow low power C2D CPU.
  6. Michael383, Jun 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011

    Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    The base model 21.5" iMac is a good choice for your usage. The SSD is a nice addition.
  7. Lankyman macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2011
    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.
  8. c55 macrumors regular


    May 3, 2015
    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.
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Way to respond to a 4 year old thread, guys. The OP has probably bought AND dumped/sold this iMac by now. ;)
  10. c55 macrumors regular


    May 3, 2015
    He must have taken my advice then. OP please deliver
  11. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    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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