Opinions on 5k Config Please

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Charlemagne, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. Charlemagne, Oct 23, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014

    Charlemagne macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    Hi all,

    Just checked out the 5k in the Apple store today - very clear difference in the screen. Not sure I need that compared to my ViewSonic 27", but I want to replace my 2009 Mac Pro.

    Here is the config I'm thinking:
    4.0GHz CPU
    295x GPU
    8GB RAM (upgrading to 24 after the fact)
    512 SSD (most of my data will be stored on separate USB3 SSD drives)

    I mainly do music production and photography on my machine.

    What do you all think? Is the 512 SSD worth it over the 1TB fusion? Should I get regular iMac instead (though similarly spec'd only is $400 cheaper)? Or maybe a maxed out rMBP (cheaper than the 5k by $500).

  2. DerekS macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    SSD is definitely worth it. You maxed out the right things.
  3. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Looks good to me. I might skip the 4k but only if CPU isn't a big deal. Def don't get the 2.5k. Price them both out, 5k is stupid cheap.
  4. Charlemagne thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    Thanks - the upgraded CPU will come in handy for all the software synths I think?

    One more question to add to this - any opinions on USB3 vs. Thunderbolt external hard drive enclosures for Samsung EVO SSDs? Will be storing all my samples on there and read speed is most important - would love to go with USB3 since it is much cheaper so long as it is sufficient.
  5. DerekS macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    You want the upgraded CPU for hyper threading.
    You want the upgraded GPU so you'll have as much horsepower as possible to throw at the 5k.

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