I am updating from a 2009 entry-level iMac 21.5 and am super excited As an avid editor, I plan on buying Final Cut Pro X as I do a lot of editing, including exports, Handbrake, YouTube uploads, and GIF making. Often I like to hold onto personal video files, so storage is def important. I have 3 vital questions I would like help with. My price range is currently not to exceed $3700 including taxes (a little wiggle room here and there). I have my eyes set on the top-tier iMac 27 model, with the 8GB video memory. 1) Should I get the 2TB Fusion drive OR the 1TB SSD? I am someone who cannot deal with less then 1TB of space so the 512GB is not an option. What concerns me is the Fusion drive will be something of ancient history in the next couple of years, but it also allots more space. Is there REALLY that big a difference with the Fusion vs SSD- especially since I am getting the top tier model? Also I will be investing in a External Hard Drive. A lot of the ones I see on Amazon seem to be tiny, and meant for LapTops. Any recommendations for Desktop specific External drives? Do you think I should take advantage of the Thunderbolt port and get one specifically for that? And does it need to be SSD, or will a regular one suffice? I would be using the drive ONLY to back up video files, not to use apps with. 2) Regarding RAM, I am going to install it myself. I do, however, want to know what brand to get? There seems to be a few options ranging from OWC, Kingston and Corsair Vengeance--- the latter is the cheapest (32GB on Amazon goes for only $275 including tax and Prime 2-day shipping). But is it cheaper because it's not as good? Surprisingly some of the brands are out of stock already. I am opting to get 32GB that I will add to the 8GB already installed, thus I will have 40GB of ram. Also does it matter WHERE I put them? I saw a guy on YouTube demonstrate, and he seemed to just slip them in with ease. I don't want complications on where to place them, otherwise it will seem too messy and I'll just pay Apple the higher premium to do it (which I don't want to do). 3) Processors. The top tier already comes with 8GB of video ram and that 580 i5. Seems excellent. Is it worth the $200 to upgrade to the i7? I may do 4K editing down the road, but right now I am strictly just happy to be able to edit in full 1080 (something my 2009 was not capable of doing). I don't want choppy playback or the spinning color wheel of death, so whatever you think will get the job done the smoothest. Also if I get the i7 will the Export times be faster? I gotta say the ONE thing that bugs me about exporting HD files on my mac now is it takes over 2 hours sometimes just for a 20 minute video file. I hope things have gotten faster since 2009. If it comes down to SSD or i7 (since I may not be able to afford both), which is the better option? Sticking to the Fusion and getting the i7? OR getting SSD 1TB with the top of the line i5? I know neither can really be replaced so the decision is Now. Thanks for any advice!