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    iMac vs SSD ???
    Hi

    I'm considering buying an IMac late 2013, 8GB ram, 1TB HDD, OS High Sierra, it will be specifically for music production working with Garageband.. unfortunately theres no option to upgrade the RAM any further then 8GB or to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. In terms of speed will the currant specs be sufficient for working with audio and a piano sample library running through Garageband?

    Or would it be advised to purchase an external SSD and install Garageband and the sample library on the SSD ?

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    This must be a 21.5" iMac which has soldered on RAM. What are the CPU specs of that machine? The HDD is the 5400 PRM variety which is not good for access times. I'm not sure how memory intensive Garageband is or what size files you will be dealing with, so the 8GB of RAM and slower HDD might work for you.

    But the SSD is going to be significantly better for access times and going to 16GB is generally recommended for longevity of the machine.

    This isn't a refurb machine you are looking at, but just used. So be weary that you don't have any warranty on this 6 year old machine.

    What is your budget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pianoworldstage View Post
    ...unfortunately theres no option to upgrade the RAM any further then 8GB or to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD.
    Yes...things have been this way for a while. A bunch of Apple computer models since about 2012/2013...were not intended to be upgraded by the end user. In many cases...the computer needs to be configured at original purchase...with the amount of RAM & internal storage the computer will ever need in it's lifespan.

    Fortunately...it actually is possible to upgrade both the RAM and internal storage in a Late 2013 21.5" iMac...but...this doesn't mean that it's easy. If you're willing to give upgrading it yourself a try...then this computer may be for you. But remember...this computer is 6 years old now...and it will only get older from this point forward. 8gig of RAM...and a "spinner" HD inside may be less & less able to get the job done in the future.

    Of course what we don't know is...what your total budget is...and what this computer is selling for. If it's a really awesome deal...8gig of RAM and spinner internal HD may be fine.

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    I'm considering buying an IMac late 2013, 8GB ram, 1TB HDD, OS High Sierra, it will be specifically for music production working with Garageband..

    I would think it would help with the decision if we knew exactly which model it was as there are three in that range and their speed rsge veries by quite a bit:
    Geekbench 2 (64): 10123
    iMac "Core i5" 2.7 21.5-Inch (Late 2013) Specs (Late 2013, ME086LL/A, iMac14,1, A1418, 2638): EveryMac.com
    and
    Geekbench 2 (64): 14981
    iMac "Core i7" 3.1 21.5-Inch (Late 2013) Specs (Late 2013, BTO/CTO, iMac14,3, A1418, 2742): EveryMac.com

    I think I'd also want to do some checking on "minimum iMac for working with garageband" etc:
    minimum iMac for working with garageband - Google Search



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    I have used Garageband numerous times and wouldn't recommend 8GB of ram. I would recommend at least 16GB with SSD and that's without adding a video to your music.

    I would continue looking for something with more ram or get something that you can add more ram too.
    Last edited by MagicMac; 07-10-2019 at 04:40 PM.

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    Duplicate post deleted from here, please just ignore.

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    Thanks everyone for your feedback..

    Specs..

    iMac 13,1/i5-3335S
    8GB Ram/1TB HDD
    GT 640M/21"/A

    Intel Core i5 Processor
    2.7 GHz, Quad-Core,1600 MHz FSB

    Price 350.. is it worth it for the intended use ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pianoworldstage View Post
    Thanks everyone for your feedback..

    Specs..

    iMac 13,1/i5-3335S
    8GB Ram/1TB HDD
    GT 640M/21"/A

    Intel Core i5 Processor
    2.7 GHz, Quad-Core,1600 MHz FSB

    Price 350.. is it worth it for the intended use ???
    As mentioned, no. But that is my opinion. I am not sure what as far as music you intend to create with Garageband. What I do know is that at one time my earlier iMac had 16GB of ram and I added an SSD. I could use Garageband for minor music creation but not extensive music creation. After adding 32 GB of ram things were a bit better. But I later sold it and bought an iMac Pro because I needed more power.

    So, 16 GB with an SSD would be the least amount of ram I would recommend.
    Last edited by MagicMac; 07-11-2019 at 10:23 AM.

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    Not in my book for a 2012 21.5" iMac with a slow old 5400rpm drive.

    Look for a later 27"model where you can upgrade the memory via the hatch dooron the rear, and that comes with a 512GB SSD. No Fusion drives models eitherwhich just abound on auction sites.
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