Retina or More memory?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ckka, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. ckka macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2014
    I realize the talk is all retina these days. But I am torn.

    Graphic Designer. Primarily working with adobe cs 2014 suite. Most of my days spent in Indesign, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. Some big Photoshop projects come my way now and then.

    I desperately need to upgrade my 2009 iMac. It has served me wonderfully but it is way to slow these days.

    I am torn between the standard Retina

    3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    1TB Fusion Drive
    AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2GB GDDR5

    or the 27" with a Fusion upgrade and More memory added.

    3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X8GB
    1TB Fusion Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2GB GDDR5

    Is more memory better than more pixels?
    and is the GeForce that much better than the Radeon for my needs.

    Pipe in. 2¢ welcome.
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Easy, buy the Retina and you add the RAM on your own. Use only OWC ( or Crucial for the RAM. NEVER buy extra RAM directly from Apple, it's too expensive. Installing RAM is a 5 minute task.
  3. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    I wouldnt use memory for comparison since ram is user upgradable on 27" iMacs. (Unless you really disliked Lego and dont want to install ram)
  4. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2008
    Washington, DC
    Retina. You can always add more memory (for a lot less) later, but you can't upgrade the screen.

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