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    Build my iMac for school

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    Build my iMac for school
    Hey guys my old dell just crashed on me and I'm thinking its time to switch over to apple. I'm debating on which iMac to get and what additions to add in terms of memory and type of drive.Ill be using the iMac for school, online classes, downloading music, browsing Internet, and watching movies. I don't want to spend anything above 1800.Any suggestions whatsoever will be appreciated. Thanks guys.

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    The 27" iMac with standard features should be OK for what you need it for. Don't order extra memory from Apple since they charge a premium price. The 27" iMac can easily be upgraded with more memory and it's much less expensive from third party suppliers like Crucial or Other World Computing.

    Take note that the CPU or Graphics Processor can not be upgraded so if you need more power, decide on that before you buy. Also, replacing the hard drive in an iMac is a difficult task and procedure, so again, order what you need ahead of time.

    I do not recommend purchasing any model of the 21.5" iMac because the machine is not user upgradeable and I believe overpriced for what you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    The 27" iMac with standard features should be OK for what you need it for. Don't order extra memory from Apple since they charge a premium price. The 27" iMac can easily be upgraded with more memory and it's much less expensive from third party suppliers like Crucial or Other World Computing.

    Take note that the CPU or Graphics Processor can not be upgraded so if you need more power, decide on that before you buy. Also, replacing the hard drive in an iMac is a difficult task and procedure, so again, order what you need ahead of time.

    I do not recommend purchasing any model of the 21.5" iMac because the machine is not user upgradeable and I believe overpriced for what you get.
    Thanks do you think a 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm will be enough or should I switch to a fusion drive.

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    I don't have any experience with the Fusion drive as they're fairly new. We do have several members who have them in their new iMacs and say they're very pleased with the drive. It does cost extra, however. Personally, I would spend the extra dollars on ordering a better CPU and GPU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Personally, I would spend the extra dollars on ordering a better CPU and GPU.
    That would be my first choice as well.

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    If your budget can include the Fusion option, do it. The speed difference is TREMENDOUS.

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