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Discussion in 'iMac' started by mackingtosh, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. mackingtosh macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
    I've got a 1st gen 24" Intel iMac wheezing on my desktop, and will be upgrading to a 27" this Friday.

    I have been out of the component game long enough to not know the best route. My plan is:

    • 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    • 8GB (2x4GB Apple) 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
    • 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5
    Basically, max out the processor and graphics card, upgrade RAM later, and save some money by not going Fusion. I want this sucker to last 5-6 years.

    I use my iMac to:
    • Surf/stream/transcode to my TV via Plex
    • Organize and edit a very large photo library (150GB, rapidly expanding along with my brood)
    • Basic video editing (iMovie)
    • Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator
    Am I foolish to not go Fusion? Will HDD and Graphics Card be user upgradeable down the line? Do any of the planned customization upgrades I'm thinking about seem like unnecessary expenditure given my usage?

    Any advice would be great.
  2. Ak907Freerider macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
    Sounds perfect ! With ssd prices dropping and with thunderbolt you can always go external ssd down the road for cheap. Remember it wasn't long ago where 16 gb costs a fortune now it is under $60.

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