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Which 27" iMac 5k to get?

djfmf

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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.
 

Samuelsan2001

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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.
 
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Fishrrman

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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.
 
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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.
 
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djfmf

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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?
 
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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.
 
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rbart

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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.
 
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maflynn

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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?
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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