Hi everyone, You may remember me from the mbp vs rmbp thread. I went with the retina, and it was the best decision made ever. Now, ever since I got it, my roommate has become interested in getting a new computer as well, and since you guys were so helpful in my decision making process, I thought I'd come to you again with a new scenario. I'm trying to help my roomie decide on a mac He's thinking of getting the cheap 1k imac with a 1tb fusion drive. His concerns: Maximum of 8gb RAM - will he ever need 16gb? (in which case, is this even possible with this computer) Processor speed His normal computer use: Writing essays (Office) Reading/writing mail Using teamviewer to help his mom sometimes Skype web browsing (dictionaries, research, video tutorials on youtube) 5a. several browser windows open music library w/ itunes, combined with his ipod classic. opening fotos his mother sends him no gaming whatsoever no photo or video editing no programming barely any social media (only specific forums and newspapers) portability for him is not important. He doesn't take his computer anywhere, and for him, portability means grabbing the computer, putting it in a box, and moving it to a new place when he moves to a new place (if he ever does). So, basically, he'll be sitting there writing papers, listening to music on his big headphones, skyping with his family, etc. Will he EVER need 16gb of RAM or will the maximum 8 be enough? For his uses, will the processor be enough? The reason he's thinking of the imac instead of a laptop (air, retina) or the mini, is because he doesn't have a monitor, keyboard, hates cables, and would like to have a desktop instead to, as he says, associate computer with work, and confine that to his desk. He also likes the format. He also likes the imac format and how everything is just cramped in one place. He doesn't consider the 27" version because 1) he doesn't need the space, and 2) he doesn't like to, quote, "move his head around a large screen, looking for stuff". Personal question of mine, out of curiosity, how does the fusion drive compare to an ssd? Thanks for any advice you can offer us.