i normally don't post these questions but I haven't purchased a desktop in eight years. Besides my iPad Pro and iPhone 7-Plus (both two years old), I've been running a 21.5-inch mid-2011 iMac since new. 2.8ghz quad core i7, 8gb of RAM and a 1TB HDD. It still runs okay and does all I ask of it but it takes longer to boot up these days. No doubt the hard drive is getting tired. The truth is all I use my iMac for these days is raw and jpg photo editing (Capture One and even the Photos app rather than the Adobe suite), video editing (home videos: 4K - not raw - and most about 10 to 15 minutes long and never more than 30 minutes) and formal letters (the iPad keyboards risk too many mistakes for important stuff). I also store my iTunes library on it. Now, with all this said, I would love a maxed-out 27-inch iMac like everyone else - for future proofing if nothing else. But price is a factor. One piece of information that would be highly useful is determining if the i5 9600 with the standard Radeon PRO 580X GPU would be enough - not just for today but for several years down the road. That set up with a 1TB SSD will still be under $3000 U.S.- $2799 to be exact. I can bring the RAM to 40GB for $200 later. Still just under $3000 U.S. Another option would be a 21.5-inch iMac with i7 chip, 32GB of RAM (I have to let Apple put it in for this unit), standard Radeon PRO 560X (4gb) and a 1TB SSD would bring me to the same final $2999 U.S. price. I really want to limit my total expenditure to $3K - and frankly I personally feel even that is a bit much. Yes, I could back off to a 500GB SSD and save some money but I feel anything less than 1TB in a modern computer is a bit thin. So, what say the best and brightest of Mac Rumors? Is the i5 9600 enough? Which of my two proposed options would be better? I realize either will be much faster than what I have now. Or should I just put an SSD in my 2011 machine and wait two years? Suggestions welcome.