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    Jan 17, 2013
    Fusion drive or RAM upgrade?
    Hi folks,

    This humble and aspiring mac newbie was here a few days ago and everyone was very helpful with my question about the new v. refurbished iMac. As I go deeper into the research and decision-making I have another question.

    Resources being limited, I'm trying to decide what will be the best use of my money for an upgrade (assuming the base model new iMac). Should I pay $200 to bump my RAM from 8 to 16, or should I pay $250 to get the fusion drive?

    This computer will be mostly used by my wife for work. She will run Windows 7 through Parallels, and will be using MS Office and lots of proprietary work applications. Multitasking in the virtual machine will be significant. It is critical that the VM have zero lag and feel like a real-time Windows machine (32 or 64 bit?).

    I would greatly appreciate any feedback as to which upgrade would be better to address our key needs from this machine.

    Thanks everyone.

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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    If you're referring to purchasing a new 21.5" iMac with your question, then it's a tough decision because that machine is not upgradeable. If I were buying it and had to choose, I would choose the 16 GB of memory rather than the fusion drive. It would be best to have both but I can understand if funds are limited having to choose between them.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    Another consideration is the hard drive. The 21.5" model now comes with a 5400rpm 2.5" laptop hard drive whereas the 27" model comes with a 7200rpm standard hard drive.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    bboggess's Avatar
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    Nov 02, 2011
    Western NY
    late 2011 mac Mini, 2.3 GHz core i5, 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, Yosemite, Retina display iPad, Iphone 5S
    I would bump up the RAM based upon Parallels usage. The more RAM the better it will function for your limited budget.


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