Which Imac should I buy?

chynna21

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Dec 9, 2018
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I'm wanting to upgrade form a 2013 21" iMac to a new 2017 one.

I want to use it for website design, basic final cut pro video's, photoshop and playing the sims 4 with all packs and future packs (I know not great for gaming, but I've been playing sims on my current Imac and it's work ok and also I can't afford a gaming computer as well)

I've worked out and both these Imac come in at the same price so was just wondering would I be better spending on the i7 processor or getting a less processor with better graphics and storage. I will also be upgrading the ram to 16gb in future.

Or would I better waiting until the new Imac comes on early next year (my only worry is there be even more expensive and out of my budget)
  • 4.2GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz)
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
  • 8GB of 2400MHz memory, configurable up to 64GB
  • 1TB Fusion Drive1
  • Radeon Pro 575 with 4GB of video memory
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • 5120-by-2880 P3 Retina 5K display

  • 3.8GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
  • 8GB of 2400MHz memory, configurable up to 64GB
  • 2TB Fusion Drive1
  • Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of video memory
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • 5120-by-2880 P3 Retina 5K display

This the Imac I'm currently using and apart from starting to get a bit slow recently it's been great for the past 5 years:
Apple iMac 21" "Core i5" 2.9
1 TB (5400 RPM) hard drive,
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
16GB
 

JoSch

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Feb 22, 2013
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If it should be iMacs with fusion drive, take the bigger ones, because it has a larger SSD better utilizing the benefits of the fusion drive.
You can always make a case for waiting for next big thing ;-), but buying now or next year depends how your needs press you for a new machine.
 

Brian Y

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Oct 21, 2012
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There is absolutely no reason to purchase a fusion drive - get yourself an SSD and an external storage device.
 

fathergll

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  • 3.8GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
  • 8GB of 2400MHz memory, configurable up to 64GB
  • 256GB SSD
  • Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of video memory
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • 5120-by-2880 P3 Retina 5K display
Buy a 2 TB external SSD and put on to the back of the computer out of sight.
 

rjsounds

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Jul 3, 2017
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It doesn't sound like you're in dire need of a new computer right this second, since you only mention that your current iMac is only "starting to get a bit slow." If you can wait a bit longer, it's expected there will be new iMac's in 2019.
 
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