Replacing 2007 iMac

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  1. marylpn macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,
    New to the forum but have been reading up on all the great advice that has been offered to others regarding the new iMac
    My question is, I have a 2007 iMac that is on its way out and have been waiting for the new iMacs along with everyone else here. Decided on the 21.5" model. I use my Mac basically for general web surfing, photo, and video editing. I am not sure how much difference between the entry level iMac or upgrading to the $1499.00 model with fusion drive would be and if it would be wise to upgrade the memory to 16G. Would appreciate any advice.

    Thank you in advance!
    Mary
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I really see no appreciable difference between the base iMac and the 1499 other then the ability to select a fusion drive. Personally, if you have the money the 27" iMac looks sweet, otherwise I'd go with the base.

    The fusion drive will give you much faster drive I/O speed but any computer you pick will be much faster then what you currently have. The 16GB is probably not necessary at this point imo
     
  3. marylpn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you

    Thanks Maflynn,
    I would love to have the 27", however the monitor is just too large for the space I have. I appreciate your input regarding the fusion drive and you are right, anything right now would be quite a bit faster than my dying Mac. I will stick with the 8 Gig memory. So I guess it comes down to fusion or not....
    Thanks again!
     
  4. mjvlego macrumors newbie

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    I ordered a 21.5" 3.1GHz with 16GB ram and the fusion drive yesterday. I do some light gaming (diablo, SC2) but mostly I do 3D modeling. I am replacing a 2007 iMac that is also slowly dying. It should be about 4 times faster than my current iMac and when Macpros come out in 2013 (if they do) I'll buy one and my wife will inherit this new iMac.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    As far as I know, the RAM is not easily upgradeable on a 21.5" iMac (see recent teardowns of the iMac), thus getting the 16 GB RAM might be the better choice.
     
  6. marylpn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you

    Thanks to all of you!
    I took the advice and purchased the iMac 21.5" with:

    2.9GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB
    1TB Fusion Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB GDDR5
    Magic Trackpad
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    Pages
    Accessory Kit

    This forum is the greatest! I appreciate the responses I've received. Helped a lot in deciding which way to go. Delivery time isn't until 12-19 through 12-24 though. Oh well, that will give me time to clean up the old to get ready for the new!
    Thanks again, Mary
     

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