New imac 27" for a steal

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  1. triple-tap, Sep 26, 2014
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    triple-tap macrumors 6502

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    I just bought an imac 27" 3.2/8gb/1tb hdd for .......
    $1511.xx tonight at best buy. They have them on sale for 1679, and I happened to have a 10% movers coupon with me. I sold my 2011 MacBook Pro tonight, and I'm very excited to get the imac home.

    I know a BTO would have been ideal, but I saved so much $$& this way. The ram I plan to upgrade myself even if I bought it BTO. The hard drive is replaceable with an ssd, and I plan to throw a 500 gb Samsung 840 in there.

    My fiancé and I aren't power users, so I am not worried about the processor. It's still a quad core i5. We also have a MBA each for work.
     
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    I have the same iMac I bought last February. Its a very capable computer for the price. I did upgrade the RAM to 24GB as I do stuff in photoshop, iMovie etc.. but yeah you got a great deal on that one!! :)
     
  4. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Upgrade the ram. It's easy and relatively cheaper going 3rd party like crucial. I have the regular hd too so I got a 512 gb external ssd for my boot drive. A lot faster.
     
  5. triple-tap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I plan to do the fam soon, but I didn't know an external SSD for booting was an option.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    [[ I didn't know an external SSD for booting was an option. ]]

    Of course it is.
    The iMac will run as fast from "an external booter" as it would from an internally-installed SSD.

    Just get the "bare" SSD of your choice, and put it into an enclosure or USB3/SATA docking station.
    The enclosure could be USB3 or thunderbolt.
    USB3 is -far- cheaper.
     
  7. triple-tap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-PC3-1...UTF8&qid=1411915076&sr=8-1&keywords=CT4951624

    This is the ram I ordered. I plan to get the SSD after doing some more research on them.

    Thanks all for the recommendations
     
  8. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Usb 3 is cheaper however I use a tb connector for trim. And it frees up a usb port
     
  9. triple-tap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What exactly do u mean by trim? I thought I just needed to clone the original hdd onto the SSD then select that as the boot drive?
     
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    TRIM is garbage collection at the software level. If TRIM isn't enabled, SSD performance will degrade heavily over the long run.

    Only Thunderbolt enclosures support TRIM. USB 3 enclosures (even the ones with UASP) do not.
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I would like to reply to the post directly above regarding TRIM.

    I've been booting and running a late-2012 Mac Mini since January of 2013 from an SSD mounted in a USB3/SATA docking station.

    Over this time, I used two different drives (first an Intel 530 series, which got moved to a MacBook Pro, so I currently use a Crucial m500 series).

    Since it was a USB-based enclosure, I could not enable TRIM.

    But I've never noticed any kind of -perceptible- slowdown from either drive. Both ran -- and run -- fine.

    I suspect that the concept of TRIM - particularly regarding some modern drives - doesn't impact drive performance nearly as much as some would "warn us" about.

    My opinion only, but my real-world experiences support it...
     
  12. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Perhaps a more fact-based and objective opinion might be useful here.

    Enabling TRIM Is Almost Always Worth It
     
  13. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Depending on how you use your computer, but TRIM is pretty important IMO for ssd. And yes it's more expensive going the tb route but it leaves a usb3 free for me.
     

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