The best 27 Inch iMac to buy

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CommanderMadi, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. CommanderMadi macrumors newbie

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    So I finally decided to purchase an iMac after years of using the regular windows PC. I dived heavily the past couple months in programming and photoshop designing and I felt the need to pick an iMac. That doesn't mean I haven't used macs before (I have all apple devices except for the iMac)

    I have stumbled across the two mid-range and premium products. One costs 1799 and the other is 1999. My question is, do I really need the SSD drive for programming and photoshop design or will the 2 TB fusion will be convenient? I would of course as well still do heavy surfing and web streaming (youtube and twitch). a 2 TB fusion or 256 GB are the two best options for my budget, can you advise per said about my purpose?
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Fusion vs. SSD will have no real effect on heavy surfing or web streaming; that's a bandwidth issue, not an internal storage issue. The Fusion drive should be plenty fast and give you plenty of storage; the SSD alone is plenty fast, but you lose a LOT of storage, which you will want for Photoshop.

    EDIT: If you have a Mac Pro, why don't you just use that?
     
  3. CommanderMadi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice.

    Actually the macbook pro I have is pretty darn old and it is really getting slow and annoying with multitasking. I need a fixed desktop iMac as it would be more efficient I guess.
     
  4. miffytherabbit macrumors newbie

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    Hello.

    I've just got a late 2015 mid range iMac (a 3.2ghz i5, 16gb RAM, 1tb Fusion Drive). To be truthful, I was going to get a standard spinning drive, but my partner asked me why I wasn't spending an extra few quid and getting the Fusion Drive. In the end I took the advice, and I have been astonished at the difference in boot-up speeds and App-launching times, compared to my 2010 iMac. While I appreciate that the older iMac is going to boot up more slowly etc. The difference is astounding, and I know that this is not all down to the fact that my Fusion Drive iMac is newer.

    From standing-still and switched off, my iMac takes just over 16 seconds to boot up. In contrast, my spinning drive iMac took a good minute, sometimes just over that to boot. Likewise, Apps launch incredibly quickly - iTunes and Safari and Logic Pro X boot in under five seconds. I can't say the same for the spinning drive.

    I guess in terms of functioning in pure-work terms, these speed advantages might not be incredibly beneficial, but there's something to be said about the amount of time saved over a long period when the computer starts so fast, boots in to Apps in a blink and locates often used documents almost instantaneously.

    I did do a fair amount of research before I finally purchased two weeks ago, and almost without exception the reviews I read for all of the iMac range recommended going for either the Fusion Drive or SSD option, rather than a plain spinning drive.
     
  5. CommanderMadi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your reply! A spinning drive is out of my choice range anyway. Its all about SSD or Fusion. Guess I will be leaning to Fusion. 1tb fusion is divided to how much HDD and SSD?
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The 1tb fusion only has a 24gb SSD it's not a great drive to be honest, the 2tb has a full 128gb SSD as well as a 2tb HDD and should be almost as quick as the pure SSD in most use cases
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Go for the 2TB version which has 128GB of flash storage, the 1TB uses a paltry 24GB.
     
  8. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    A Fusion drive IS primarily a spinning drive, you know, it's just paired with a small SSD which the OS uses for frequently-used applications and the OS itself.
     
  9. Force10 macrumors newbie

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    I bought a i5 with the 512GB SSD to replace a 2012 model with a 2TB Fusion and the difference is staggering. I would certainly recommend SSD if you can afford it.
    Don't buy anything beyond the standard 8GB memory - you can upgrade it very cheaply later from the likes of Crucial (I now have 32GB in mine)
    Apart from the speed, the silence is lovely :)
     
  10. jennyp macrumors 6502

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    The best 27 Inch iMac to buy? I think it has to be the one I just bought. Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015, 4 GHz Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4096 MB, 1TB SSD & 32GB Crucial RAM. I came from a mid-2011 model which was great, but this just blows it away. It's silent, and very fast. I think the only improvement I could make would be 64GB OWC RAM, but it seems perfectly OK for photo and video work with 32GB.
     
  11. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't recommend the 1 TB Fusion Drive too small. What drove me to the base higher end model was by the time I added the fusion drive to the mid-range, I was within $100 of the high end iMac. So I just went ahead and bought the higher end iMac with the better graphics card and processor. I love the machine. I do recommend upgrading the RAM on your own though, it is really simple.
     

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