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Member Since: Jan 22, 2008
Location: Marlton NJ
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Mac Specs: Early 2012 13" MBA Core i5 1.8 GHz, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, OS X 10.7.4

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The extra RAM I would buy from another source like Crucial or OCW - it will save you some cash as Apple is notorious for high prices on RAM. I agree - get an external hard drive, you'll be better off with it. The value of the i5 processor depends a lot on what you are going to do with the iMac. If you will be running a lot of CPU itensive appications the i5 would really be worth it. If all you do is run basic programs and surf the web and read emails, the i3 i fine. If you can afford it, get the i5 as it will further the useful life of your imac by extending the time before you feel you would need an upgrade. Good luck with your new Mac!

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