Need Opinion on new iMAC

Ken217a

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I plan on buy a new imac and need some advice. I plan on using it for two (2) users, my wife and me. Plus I plan on installing parallels with Windows 7 Professional. To get the best performance, should I get 8GB Ram and 1TB HHD? Opinions? Thanks, Ken
 
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JulianMcC

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about the 1TB hard drive, are you going to put heaps of crap on it? ie videos, games, large programs?

if not get a 500GB Hard Drive, and use an external hard drive as back up/storage.

8GB RAM: My machine runs fine on 4GB, and I game on this, team fortress 2 takes a while to load. I don't know

What are you using this imac for?
 

Ken217a

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I do plan on doing some video work, to include Adobe After Effects, to make some countdowns and titles.
 

nissan.gtp

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8GB is min for ML and W7. Start there, upgrade if you need to (easy to do yourself, and be sure to buy the Mac with minimum RAM to save $$$).

I'd go big on the internal drive, and also get an external for time machine (or some other method of your choice) backups. My system has a 500 GB internal, and I'm using a FW800 Guardian Maximus 2x2TB (hardware mirroring).

All that said, the new iMac *should* be coming along someday. Even if it's just a speed bump, I'd anticipate USB3, Thunderbolt, and Ivy Bridge. Many are hoping for and SSD+HD option (me included). Worth the wait unless you really need it now (or have the wife's "OK" RIGHT NOW, and don't want to lose the opportunity LOL).
 

Ken217a

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We may wait till Christmas, don't know. Her old XP machine is running slow, very slow. I have a backup machine for her, but she wants a new one. She is a tight one with money, so, when she looked at the Apple, I am going for it!!!(LOL). I will sell my other Windows if need be.
 

JohnGrey

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I plan on buy a new imac and need some advice. I plan on using it for two (2) users, my wife and me. Plus I plan on installing parallels with Windows 7 Professional. To get the best performance, should I get 8GB Ram and 1TB HHD? Opinions? Thanks, Ken
Go with the stock 4GB and upgrade with third-party RAM, which is cheaper. The '10/'11 iMac officially supports 16GB, but will technically support 32GB.