Opinions for upgrading processor or hard drive (fusion drive)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Agent Moose, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Agent Moose, Dec 1, 2012
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    Agent Moose macrumors newbie

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    So I am planning on buying my first iMac.
    I am looking at a 21.7" but I am unsure of if I should update the 2.9GHz processor to a 3.1GHz or upgrading the 1TB HDD to the fusion drive.

    I mainly plan on using it for music (I compose my own music), so the programs I will be running regularly would be Logic Pro 9 and MainStage.

    I also am looking in the future and I do want to start my own vlogs and such, so I will probably be using Final Cut as well. Not only using it for vlogs but recording Minecraft (and maybe other games) as well, so I will be editing those videos all with Final Cut.

    So, Upgrade Processor or upgrade to the Fusion Drive?



    Aslo, as a side thing, if I didn't go with the Fusion drive and went for the processor, would me upgrading the RAM to 16gb make exporting videos/music faster?

    Thanks in advanced :D
     
  2. sleek881 macrumors regular

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    You mean the 21.5" iMac. I would upgrade to the 1TB Fusion Drive rather than the processor ( it can Turbo Boost to 3.6Ghz anyway).
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    Remember you must upgrade the memory by Apple as it is not user upgradeable.
     
  3. torana355 macrumors 68020

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    Fusion drive for sure, having an SSD is the best upgrade you can do these days.
     
  4. Penn Jennings macrumors 6502

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    In general, going from a dual core to a core is great. Going from an i5 to i7 is good. An increase in only the speed is a total waste of money most of the time unless money is no object.
     
  5. Agent Moose thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was talking to a friend and he said I should also go with a faster hard drive, since the stuff I plan on doing would be creating music and all the music files would be written to the hard drive as I am making it.

    I see many people saying they want to use Final Cut, but what about Logic Pro? How much faster would it be if I did choose for the i7? If it's just seconds then I can handle just getting the Fusion Drive.
     

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