New desktop purchase help

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  1. nydennis, May 19, 2015
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    nydennis macrumors regular

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    I figured I would post this here. I am looking into the iMac 5k or the Mac Pro. Trying to decide what to get. I do have a Thunderbolt Display but was looking for something to replace my Mac mini 2011. The thunderbolt port on the mini broke which is the reason for the upgrade

    I do not play games on the computer. Basic computing, I generally have a bunch of Chrome or Safari windows open, etc. I might watch videos and such now and again. Some downloading from various places, file transfers between the NAS etc

    Looking for something that would give me a good 5 years+

    I was looking into the 5k iMac 4.0 ghz, 512GB Flash, and possibly the upgraded video card or
    The Mac Pro with the quad core, 512 PCI-E, etc.

    Not that money is no object but I do have some money this year that was given to me to enjoy. This is my second ever mac I will be buying so it is all still new to me.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Any iMac with a Fusion Drive will more than satisfy your needs.
     
  3. nydennis thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have just over 50TB of storage in my NASs I have used SSDs for so long that I couldn't live without it.
     
  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    I have to agree, virtually any iMac will suffice. For your needs upgrade to the Fusion or SSD and upgrade the RAM, buy RAM from Crucial or OWC and install yourself. All other upgrades I'd ignore a 5K, 4.0 GHz and MP which would be total overkill.
     
  5. nydennis thread starter macrumors regular

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    while, I agree that I do not NEED the 5k iMac. I do have the disposable income this year that was gifted to me to spend on something nice. My real main thing is, that I have a Thunderbolt display and rather jump up in the display if I have the money for it.

    I am certainly not rushing my decision and going to take a week or so and possibly just wait until after the June event to make a purchase.
     
  6. thinh3d macrumors member

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    Now that the price of the 3.5Ghz iMac 5k is dropped to 2.299, I think it'll suit you best.

    All the options you've mentioned including the 4.0 iMac 5k or new MP are overkilled for your needs. But if you really insist, I think the 4.0 iMac 5k is a good option for future-proof.

    And you always can hook up your TBD to your new iMac so you'll have a dual-screen setup, which is very very nice!


    I'm using the 3.5 iMac 5k myself and really enjoy it for browsing, watching videos just like you :)
     
  7. nydennis thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I would get the 4.0 for sure. The video card is the one thing I am up in the air about the most. My mac mini generally sits at 2400rpm on the fan speed. Sometimes I bump it to 3000.
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I've the retina iMac (i7/32/512/4GB M295X) and I've yet to notice the card heating up and the fans kicking in except when gaming and working with FCP X (medium 4K footage).
     

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