I’ve been visiting this forum for a while, but the frequency of my visits increased ever since I got my 5K iMac. I like to read about other people’s experiences and learn. So I thought The level of negativity towards the 5K iMac is astounding. Now, don’t get me wrong - it is everyone’s right to have their opinion, but the things I read here made me question my perception of reality. My iMac is the base model. Without getting into too much detail, I didn’t have much choice when it comes to configuring it. Where I live there are no Apple Stores, only authorised service providers and dealers and the price of Mac computers is way more than in some other countries. The base model, for example, costs around 3200 US dollars here. You can imagine how much the upgrades cost. Anyway, I’m not complaining. I managed to find a good price (which is the ‘regular’ price for most countries) for a base iMac 5K and I got it. I am an illustrator and game designer, and for me - the ability to see near-print quality images, and to see all the detail in an illustration without having to zoom too much is a game-changer. It really is. If this thing could only run Photoshop and nothing else, for me, it would still be a good investment. I am really happy with it. I also work in Zbrush which runs really well, and I use a few other apps like Sketchbook Pro and Mischief as well, which also run good. Now, I would be lying if I said everything was perfect. Yosemite does lag when there are a lot of windows open. Evernote scrolls notes with large images with a certain level of jerkiness, etc. But these are minor things, really. The system is fast and responsive, and the screen is not only beautiful - for me it is much more usable than my old 2011 iMac. What surprised me, though, is how much I could game on this thing. I don’t game much but since I have bootcamp to run some PC-only software and I had a few games lying around, I decided to try them out and was blown away. I ran Dragon Age Inquisition and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare in 2560x1440 on high settings (not ultra) and consistently got a very, very smooth performance. Then I bought Tomb Raider (it was on sale on Steam this weekend so I got it just to try things out) and benchmarked it at 2560x1440 on high setting and got 60fps average! I can only imagine what M295X can do, but the M290X is a solid gaming GPU even at 1440p. My only issue is, in fact, with Yosemite itself. Things seem to run better on Windows 8 (not to mention Win 8 has zero UI lag) but I’ll leave that discussion for a different topic. So I start reading the iMac section of the forum, looking to read other people’s experiences. I just love doing that during breaks, sharing the positive energy about the product I love and all that. Surely, other people’s experiences must be as good as mine! I was expecting to read how great the screen is for photo work and illustration and video and how professional illustrators, animators, photographers are enjoying the benefits of the system. Instead, I see things like: “I bought the maxed out version for surfing and email, but I also wanted to play Crysis on it and it got too hot so I’m returning it”. (Err.... What?) I also read things like “I got an i7 one to browse the web, write documents and listen to music but I’m returning it because the fan is too loud when I encode movies”. (Ehm.... Lol?) Or “Fusion Drive sucks, it is loud and slow and you should get a 1Tb SSD”. (Fusion Drive sucks? Seriously? And you’re using it to write email, and the Fusion Drive is somehow ruining that experience?? What would happen if you decided to run two browsers at once, would that mean that only external SSDs in RAID 0 would do? And I’m guessing you need a 12-core Xeon for that as well.) Now, don’t get me wrong - you have every right to buy the computer for whatever you want and use it however you like, and you have the right to return it if you don’t like it. But - if you wanted to write documents or play games - why on Earth did you get the 5K one? If you wanted to game and complain about the heat - why did you get an iMac with a laptop gpu? Did anyone get the iMac with the Retina 5K Display it because they, you know, appreciate the Retina 5K Display? And have ways to put it to good use? I just don’t get it. My base iMac 5K has a beautiful, amazing screen that helps me work. It can also play modern games really well, it is silent, it looks badass, and I’m loving it. Sure, there are faster computers out there, but they don’t have the 5K display. I hope this reasoning helps someone.