4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2013 12:38 PM by BDAqua
KenR52 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm looking at purchasing an iMac 27 with the primary use being for photo editing/developing using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Elements. I would be using it for other applications as well but the photo editing would be the most intense use.

 

At this point I'm configuring with the standard 3.2 GHz processor. The dilemma I'm having is related to RAM and Fusion drive; I'm struggling with trying to balance function and cost and it may be that I'm just overthinking things a bit here.

 

Would I be better off with 16 MB RAM and the standard 1 TB HDD, or 8 GB RAM and the 1 TB Fusion drive? I'd hate to forgo the Fusion now and later wish that I bought it in the first place but on the other hand I'd hate to spend the additional $250 for the Fusion and find out that it really doesn't add enough for it to be noticable on a daily basis.

  • 1. Re: Configuration for photo editing
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Hi Ken,

     

    I don't think the Fusion drive would be all that much faster for Photo editing, I think it'd take Video or Audio editing to appreciate the speed diff.

     

    On the 27" iMac you can add your own RAM far cheaper.

  • 2. Re: Configuration for photo editing
    Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)

    I had some similar thoughts before buying my new iMac 27" that I received at the beginning of January.

     

    I would say the Fusion drive is nice...bootup time is VERY fast on this Mac...much faster than any previous model I'd owned. I would say spend the money on the Fusion drive and add RAM later on.  You can add the RAM yourself at a fraction of the price Apple charges....check prices at crucial.com or macsales.com.

  • 3. Re: Configuration for photo editing
    KenR52 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Based on comments both here and other locations, and additional research, I've decided on the Fusion drive and 8 GB RAM with a future upgrade if needed. I figure it's much easier to upgrade the RAM but I'd be out of luck if I wanted the Fusion drive later.

  • 4. Re: Configuration for photo editing
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Good move.