Need Help Deciding (iMac or MacPro)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kurri, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. Kurri macrumors 6502

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    So my desktop is gone. 7 wonderful years. Going to buy something new. The iMac Pro is a bit too much for me, but I was looking at this (which is the better option, I technically do not need the monitor since I have a 4K monitor at home - ALSO I have a Thunderbolt RAID Drive so space is not an issue - looking for better speed / performance when video editing):

    Customize your 27‑inch iMac with Retina 5K display.
    • 4.2GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
    • 32GB 2400MHz DDR4
    • 2TB Fusion Drive
    • Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB video memory
    • Magic Mouse 2
    • Magic Keyboard - US English

    OR

    Mac Pro
    • 3.5GHz 6-core with 12MB of L3 cache
    • 32GB (4x8GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
    • 256GB PCIe-based SSD
    • Dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
    • User's Guide (English)

    Thank you for any help! Not really technical when it comes to buying a computer, but I’m good at using them :) Which would you buy...or would you just wait? I could wait a few months if we think something new is coming soon, but i do need a desktop pretty soon.
     
  2. jerwin, Mar 17, 2018
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    jerwin macrumors 68000

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    go with the imac. The mac pro is a slower machine all around.

    (with the exception of the fusion drive)
     
  3. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    I'd buy a 13" MBP for the time being and wait for the updated MacPro - or at least, updated iMacs in the fall.

    And don't buy a Fusion Drive. It's ridiculous to spend all that money and not go SSD-only.
    If all your data is on an external drive, just buy a smaller SSD instead. Just don't pair it with a HDD.
     
  4. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    I second this, don't spend that much for a computer with a fusion drive. Get a SSD.

    Also, don't upgrade the RAM when ordering it. You can easily upgrade it with 3rd party RAM once you have it and you will save money.

    As for the Mac Pro, it's old and expensive. Either get the iMac or wait for the new Mac Pro Apple said they would deliver "after 2017". Hopefully it will be announced at WWDC in June.
     
  5. Kurri thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe a dumb question, but if you purchase ram separately does it void apple care?
     
  6. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    Not at all :) Obviously Apple Care won't cover the 3rd party RAM itself but that's it. There's no need to open the iMac, there's a door in the back made for users to add RAM.
     
  7. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    But only on the 27" iMac. NOT the iMac Pro and NOT the 21" iMac.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    Agree with posts above.
    iMac is "the better choice".
     
  9. Kurri thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so since you all have been so helpful. where do you buy your ram to save $$$
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    I like Data Memory Systems for RAM:
    https://www.datamemorysystems.com/apple-memory/

    But... don't order up more RAM until you are SURE that the basic (8gb) factory-installed RAM isn't enough. Try using the iMac for a few weeks with 8gb first. If you have problems, THEN it's time to think about ordering more.
     
  11. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    Where do you live?
    I love it when people ask this question and fail to disclose even the country they reside in.
     
  12. Kurri thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I’m in USA.
     
  13. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    The other relevant thing to think about is that if/when the Mac Pro comes out, you might be tempted by it. The iMac will have a good resale value. The cylindrical Mac Pro will not.
     
  14. sunvizon macrumors newbie

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    yep, true. i prefer i mac too :)
     

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