Currently Being ModeratedSep 13, 2013 2:01 PM (in response to Chuck Pike)
Only you can determine if youi want to bother with a fusion HD. I don't and I'd go with the cheapest option for max storage: 3TB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm [Add $150.00]. So, for starters, peruse http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1408, http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2518, and http://www.apple.com/support/macbasics/27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
Currently Being ModeratedSep 13, 2013 2:08 PM (in response to Chuck Pike)
The big boost of the Fusion Drive is in the startup speed due to the SSD portion. That will not have much affect on interaction with an external hard drive.
I agree with Baltwo...it is smarter to put money in a large internal higher speed hard drive. The iMac is a great machine, and the speed of the faster hard drive makes for a great overall experience.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 13, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to Ralph Landry1)
Oh! One othter thing, I'd opt for the 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz for an additional $200 USD. That, with the 3TB HD and max RAM should give you what you really need. Fusion and SSD things only complicate matters and the lack of them won't affect your machine's performance.27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
Currently Being ModeratedSep 13, 2013 3:27 PM (in response to Chuck Pike)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 13, 2013 4:05 PM (in response to baltwo)
Absolutely, faster processor and speedy large hard drive, you get the most bang per buck.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 10:26 AM (in response to Ralph Landry1)
I am in a similar situation. My 2007 iMac HDD is dying and it is time for an upgrade anyway. I want the simplest solution to store and access music files and raw and edited photo and video files in addition to day to day computing activities for two users Despite all the positive feedback for fusion and internal SSDs, I was thinking of getting the 3TB internal drive and putting everything on there and then using a thunderbolt external drive or drives for a time machine and/or bootable clone backup. I currently have all media file on an external drive, but backing up from the iMac internal files and external media files at the same time is awkward at best. The internal 3TB to external would seem to be the simplest solution especially since I also need a small boot camp partition. It would also limit making the thing like an octopus. An internal SSD only (256 or 512) would seem to work, but then I need two external setups for sure, one for media and a duplicate for backup. Boot speed is not a huge problem. Based on what was recommended above, sounds like I should follow the same advice and get the internal 7200 HDD and backup directly to an external setup. Any thoughts or better suggestions?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to Chuck Pike)
All this advice to buy the cheapest “big” HD doesn’t make sense to me. You are buying a $2K+ computer (that is also sealed) – not a $500 Dell or HP machine. While it possible, it’s not easy or cheap to upgrade the HD after you take it home. Get the 1GB fusion drive option and you won’t believe have fast it is. You can then buy an external drive for a backup and storage.