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macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 28, 2011
I currently have a 2011 27" iMac that I upgraded to a 256GB SSD with 16GB ram. I'm not a heavy user, but I need things to work instantly. I would like to upgrade to a new machine with a retina display that has the same user experience with things loading instantly.

I'm initially looking at the entry level 27" 5K, but it has a 1TB Hard drive, not a fusion drive or SSD. I'm worried I'll be losing responsiveness and sacrificing loading times.

I'm also looking at a late 2014 model from B&H that's on sale for $1699
This one has a fusion drive so I believe it should provide the level of responsiveness I expect.

I'd like to spend around $1700 but I'll go higher if I need to in order to get what I need.

All advice is appreciated!


macrumors demi-god
Apr 27, 2011
Do not get one with only a spinning drive, your performance will suck. If you go with fusion, get the 3tb version as the 1tb fusion drive only has a 24gb SSD while the 3tb has a 128gb SSD.

You can also check out Apple's refurbished store.
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macrumors member
Sep 11, 2014
I bought mine with 256GB SSD storage only. It's about what I need for best performance and I really don't want the extra slow storage. I got it with the minimum RAM and bought the additional RAM modules myself (50% cheaper in Amazon).
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