Retina iMac - what configuration should I get?

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  1. LuvD, Oct 21, 2014
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    LuvD macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I'll order my retina iMac in a couple of days and I'm not really sure about the configuration I should get.

    I suppose you should know what I'm planning to do with my iMac:
    • - office applications
    • - a little bit(!) of photoshop
    • - no video editing at all
    • - gaming - honestly most of the time the typical "Mac-compatible"-games like WoW, Sims, ... were perfectly fine for me. But if there will be a nice, new game released (even if it is for Windows) and I'd like to play it, I want to be able to play without any hassles. So I have Windows via bootcamp in my mind.

    At the moment I'm thinking about this:
    • - 3,5 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost bis zu 3,9 GHz
    • - 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x 4 GB (I'll upgrade that by myself to at least 16 GB!)
    • - 1 TB Fusion Drive or 512 SSD
    • - AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4 GB GDDR5

    For gaming the better GPU was a no brainer for me but I'm not sure about CPU und storage now.
    Do I really need even more processing power? When I'm playing my games (like WoW, Sims, nothing special) with my MBP Retina 2012 the 2,3 Quad felt really well - of course on the SSD.

    And this is what I'm concerned about. As bootcamp would always run on the HDD part of the Fusion Drive, I suppose the workflow is not so nice and fluent. And at that point I would consider getting a 512 GB SSD - this is more expensive than the configuration I mentioned above but if you say that's worth the invest, I will think about it.

    So what's your opinion? SSD, FD? Even better processor? What should I get?

    Thanks for your help in advance!
     
  2. weelob macrumors newbie

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    I've chosen the 256GB SSD option. I have a 3.5tb NAS that I store all my big files such as music, movies, tv shows and so on. Right now I have a Windows desktop with a 256GB SSD that works perfectly for me. I got the space needed and don't need to remove any applications.
     
  3. LuvD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So you think the faster processor is not necessarily needed but the SSD would be nice to have indeed?
     
  4. mbrannon47 macrumors regular

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    This configuration seems great for you as-is. I doubt you'd notice substantial improvements with the i7, at least in the applications you listed.
     
  5. acantril macrumors member

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    I've had really bad experiences using bootcamp with the fusion drive, i.e. only being able to install on the mechanical component.

    I'd always suggest going pure SSD , 512GB seems to be a sweet spot, then you can add external cheap USB mechanical if you need extra capacity. Split the SSD between OS X and Bootcamp.
     
  6. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    I would get:

    -256GB SSD because HDDs are noisy and vibrate. For more storage you can upgrade to a bigger SSD internally or add an external USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt HDD.

    - 4.0 ghz i7 because it's an it supports hyper threading

    -M295X because GPU is not upgradable and it'll be what'll limits the lifespan of the machine.
     
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Since you are basically buying it for gaming, I would not waste money on the retina iMac, unless you have money to burn. And then you might just pump it up and be happy.
     
  8. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Question...

    I am pricing out my 27" 5k iMac

    I have it completely maxed out in specs including 32GB of ram and a 1TB SSD drive.

    The big question comes down to the graphics card.

    I am leaning towards going with the standard 2GB configuration.

    I don't game. The only Photoshop work I do is resizing images.

    Is there a reason to consider going with the 4GB graphics configuration?

    Thank You
     
  9. LuvD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can I upgrade the internal SSD by myself? That'd be new to me?

    Do you think the i7 is so much better and I would notice it while gaming?
     
  10. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    You can upgrade it yourself but its harder than upgrading there ram because the entire screen needs to come out.

    I think you would notice the difference.
     
  11. hyune83 macrumors member

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