Okay, in a nutshell, here's the deal. I currently have an early-2008 24 inch iMac which is really on its last legs. I see the rainbow wheel of death FREQUENTLY and the system is almost unusable. I believe it's related to hard drive problems, but rather than pour time and money into this system, I want to upgrade ASAP. Now, as most of you know, the MacRumors Buyer's Guide is currently advising AGAINST purchasing iMacs right now (along with pretty much every other system) because of expectations around what's coming out this fall. Meanwhile, I also own a mid-2013 MacBook Air which is in excellent condition, but with a 512 GB SSD and a 13 inch screen, it's just not enough for me. I have lately begun doing telemedicine consults online, and I need a teleconferencing window open at the same time as a window for Pages, Numbers, and Google Chrome. I want to be able to clearly see and work in all four windows at once, and I don't have room on my desk for four separate monitors or systems. SO, I'm now looking at a 27 inch iMac. Furthermore, since I'm going to use this as my primary home computer base system, I'd really like to spec it out to make it as fast and BIG (storage-wise) as possible. Looking at the current choices and specs, my thoughts were the following: 27 inch iMac with 4.0 GHz i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM, 3 TB Fusion Drive, higher end video card, WIRED Apple keyboard with numeric keypad and Magic Trackpad 2. The guy at the local Apple Store saw me setting up specs on a system there, and he said, "Excuse me, sir? If you don't mind me asking (I sort of did, but I was polite), what applications do you run on your Mac at home?" When I told him I was NOT an animator for Pixar or a CAD/CAM engineer/draftsman/architect, he told me I only needed the i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM (which I could always upgrade later) and the lower end video card. So, he then suggested I just buy one right there in the store rather than "special order" it. Regardless, I wasn't going to buy it now because of the whole Buyer's Guide thing I mentioned above...wait until later in the fall, right? So, my questions are: 1. Do I really need the jacked up processor/memory/video card, or is this just me wanting the best for the sake of having the best? 2. For storage, someone else told me to skip the Fusion drive and go for the 1 TB SSD drive, and then buy an external storage system. But then, do I get a Time Capsule, a simple 4 TB or 6 TB external hard drive, or do I go for a Drobo or Synology NAS system? I don't know anything about these NAS systems...like, do I buy the drives and the box at the same time? How big and how many drives? This thing needs to be PLUGGED into my wireless router (currently an Airport Extreme), but then can it feed data to my iMac and the other devices on my home wi-fi network (laptops, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, etc.)? And then, which company and which model do I get??? UGH!! Too many choices and way too hard to decide? By the way, I should mention I currently have about 1 TB worth of data (photos, music, videos) between my different devices and in the cloud right now. I just need to consolidate everything and make it avaiable in a central repository for access for my whole family. Sorry for the long post, but I really need some help here because I suddenly feel like a complete dummy with respect to these choices. Strangely, from the time I bought my first Mac (Mac Plus in 1987) until my most recent MacBook Air in 2013, I never had a problem deciding what to get. But now, the iMac just doesn't seem to come configured the way I want (3 TB SSD drive, please). So, I primarily need help with the storage issue. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!