Which 27" iMac 5k to get?

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  1. djfmf macrumors member

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    So I plan on getting a 27" iMac 5k, but on a budget. I will probably bump ram to 16gb but when it comes down to hard drive I'm not sure which I should get, since I intend on buying a USB 3.0 SSD enclosure, SAMSUNG 850 pro for example. If I go that route to boot up the computer, should I just buy the 1TB model or opt for the fusion drive if all possible.
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    If you are planning to run from an external then what does it matter....

    I myself would get one with a 256gb ssd and run an external for files etc myself but that's just personal preference, I don't like the idea that a cable issue or an accident can cause the machine to stop while I'm working .

    As for ram, its user upgradeable and very easy to do so just buy 16gb of the correct ram and install it in addition to the 8gb already installed for a total 24gb at a low cost.

    If you are on a budget and have the option where you live refurbished are as new with all the same warranty options and are well worth a look you can get a better spec at the same price.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    iMac do's and don'ts ...

    DO NOT buy an iMac with a platter-based hard drive (only). Too slow.
    DO NOT buy an iMac with the 1tb fusion drive. The SSD portion is only 24gb in size -- too small.

    DO buy an iMac with the 2tb fusion drive. It has a 128gb SSD portion and a 2tb 7200rpm HDD portion.
    DO buy an iMac with a "straight SSD" inside if you want to. Very fast.
     
  4. apppen1 macrumors regular

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    I'd personally care more about the Hard Drive than the RAM because that can be replaced later for a cheaper price. Get atleast the Fusion Drive as HDD usually slow down overtime.
     
  5. czerney macrumors member

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    An internal SSD is always going to be be better performing than an external one.
     
  6. djfmf thread starter macrumors member

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    well since I am going to be on a budget and using an external SSD anyways, than opting for the cheapest iMac 5k with 1tb hd should be ok?
     
  7. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    If you go the Fusion drive route, make sure you purchase a 2TB/3TB drive. The 1TB had Flash Storage of only 24GB, the larger capacities have 129GB of flash. I can't see rhyme or reason to hobble the 1TB drive asd 24GB will not even hold the operating system.
     
  8. rbart macrumors regular

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    The 1Tb Fusion drive is not as slow as said here.
    I am sure people saying that have never used a 1Tb FD.
    You don't have to store all the system on th 24Gb SSD portion. You only store the most often used blocks, and with 24Gb you can cache a big part of the disk acivity.
    It's working suprisingly well.
     
  9. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    No one said it was slow.

    And an external SSD in a Thunderbolt caddy is as fast, or faster than the internal 1TB Fusion drive.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    Yes, since you're on a budget and will be using an external SSD, then there's no reason to spend the money on upgrading to a SSD internally. If I had my druthers, then the best option would be to get an internal SSD, but that's not always feasible.
     

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