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    I am about to buy a new iMac (21.5) but am unsure whether to have it configured with a fusion drive or just leave the drive as is. I have just about decided that I would benefit from a memory upgrade, so I'm leaning towards 16GB there. I'm just not sure if my usage would see a significant benefit from the fusion drive or not. I am not tech-savvy, so most of the articles I've read just confuse me, as they are too technical and don't address actual usage of apps, etc. I do not do any heavy-duty photo- or video editing, but I do have a large iTunes library, watch a lot of videos, and have a large photo collection. Other than that, I would be doing quite a lot of word processing and spending a lot of time on the internet. I do tend to keep multiple tabs open while working or using different apps. What do you guys think? Thanks for your help!
    05-31-2014 06:33 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    If you can swing the money and it's an available option I'd go with a pure SSD rather than the fusion drive (which combines a small SSD with a more standard spinning hard drive). Otherwise, the fusion drive is a worthwhile update. The iMac will tart up and shutdown much faster and in General seem quicker because the OS and frequently accessed programs and/or media will be kept on the faster SSD portion of the fusion drive (in the background. Nothing you would need to do to have this happen).
    05-31-2014 07:44 PM
  3. rayz336's Avatar
    I think the RAM upgrade and a pure SSD would do more for your usage than the fusion drive
    05-31-2014 08:16 PM
  4. DroidArmy's Avatar
    You should go for a full ssd if you can afford it. Otherwise, the fusion drive would be a wise upgrade. You'll get more speed out of either option. Good luck with your purchase!
    06-01-2014 05:54 PM

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