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Discussion in 'iMac' started by jharvey71884, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. jharvey71884 macrumors 6502

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    For suggesting the Best Buy Movers Coupon from post office.

    Today I got a:

    Late 2013 iMac with a 3.2 GHz processor
    1 TB
    Upgraded ram to 24 GB
    32 GB PNY Flash Drive

    For $1820 total at Best Buy. In addition, I have a $170 to $180 coming my way in rewards points, which I will use to buy a SSD drive, throwing in a USB 3 enclosure, and make myself a nice external SSD boot drive.

    Without Macrumors, I would have never known about the coupon.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Congrats... that's a great machine and it will really be nice with the SSD.
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Congradulation!

    For your info. There is nothing wrong to use USB 3 to boot, except you can't enable TRIM. Please make sure you get the most modren SSD which can live longer (and perform better) without TRIM.
     
  4. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Haven't done any research or searches on TRIM, so not that familiar with what it is. But, wondering if this might be a good SSD to buy?

    http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=7796063&pid=1218860216851&pcatId=abcat0504001
     
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  7. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay the samsung EVO would allow for that. It's about $135 at BB.

    Any recommendations for enclosure? They have a dynex one there. But it needs CPU power. Which I heard I want one that is separately charged.

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    Thank you for that. Very informative.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You don't need external power for the SSD, a USB powered one will work fine. You want to make sure you get an enclosure that supports UASP and the Dynex does not appear to. Look at something like this Inatech from Amazon that does support UASP for top speeds.
     
  9. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay, thanks. Going to do some reading up on the subject. To be honest, I know it will speed up my computer A LOT, but I don't feel like this 7200 RPM is really that slow. Definitely faster than I'm used to with my old 21.5 that sported a 5400.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    An SSD does speed up the boot and launching of apps, but once you have everything up and running, it does not really make that big a difference during routine usage. Now if you are launching huge videos or large photos for editing, that will make a difference. But just browsing the web or typing Word docs and reading email... not much difference.

    I have a 2013 MBA with very a very fast built in flash drive and recently used my daughters 21/5 2013 iMac with a hard drive, and like I said, once everything is up and running it is not much different.
     
  11. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah been comparing launched apps and what not with my Macbook Pro 13 with a SSD, and the laptop is a tad faster, but nothing that I'm thinking will just destroy my iMac experience.

    Maybe I wait a year or so, to really make it feel like I got a new iMac down the road. :)
     

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