Upgrade early 2009 Imac

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  1. Stardumb macrumors newbie

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    good afternoon, I’m finally ready to upgrade my early 2009 iMac to a new 5K iMac since editing 1080p videos from GoPro is just super slow. She’s had a good run but now I just got a Sony RX100 5 and I want to edit 4K with FCP. Just looking for configuration recommendations while keeping it budget friendly. By no means am I a professional editor but want to do more than what I’m doing. SSD is the future from what I’ve read and that fusion should go away. Would the base model iMac with 256ssd and an external Samsung t5 1tb be the way to go since I’m planning on using external storage? Thanks
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    The 2 and 3TB Fusion Drives are fine if you ask me. It's just the 1TB Fusion that's piss.

    Most important thing is the GPU. Get the best one you can. Aside from that, all the CPUs will do fine. They all have QuickSync. Faster CPUs will make a difference, but it's not worth busting your bank for. Not compared to GPU. And RAM can be user upgraded when the prices drop.
     
  3. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Go with a 512GB SSD as 256 is pretty minimal, and the external SSD of your choice.

    No doubt you are planning to use this 27" iMac for several years, average seems to be five or six years. A long, long time to wish you had gone in a certain direction and as you correctly say the day of the Fusion Drive is behind us. The trouble Apple seem to be having with adapting High Sierra to Fusion Drives is evidence enough.
     
  4. Stardumb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is an I7/580/512ssd8gb ram going to make that big of difference? I found one that is $340 than an i5/570 with 16gb ram.
     
  5. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    It would be fine for mine. And still waiting for that 'price coming down' in both memory and SSDs. If you want it get it.
     
  6. Stardumb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just ordered from Apple’s refurbished 3.8 i5, 580, 8gb ram, and 512 ssd. Pretty stoked and can’t wait. Will add ram myself.
     
  7. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Magnificent particularly if this is the 27" model. Upgrade the memory yourself as it mis a simple job on the 27".
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    If you're going to edit 4k, you need the i7 iMac with an SSD inside.
    And plenty of external storage, as well.
     
  9. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Brillant, hope you enjoy
     

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