Fusion drive or RAM upgrade?

toreroguysd

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Hi folks,

This humble and aspiring mac newbie was here a few days ago and everyone was very helpful with my question about the new v. refurbished iMac. As I go deeper into the research and decision-making I have another question.

Resources being limited, I'm trying to decide what will be the best use of my money for an upgrade (assuming the base model new iMac). Should I pay $200 to bump my RAM from 8 to 16, or should I pay $250 to get the fusion drive?

This computer will be mostly used by my wife for work. She will run Windows 7 through Parallels, and will be using MS Office and lots of proprietary work applications. Multitasking in the virtual machine will be significant. It is critical that the VM have zero lag and feel like a real-time Windows machine (32 or 64 bit?).

I would greatly appreciate any feedback as to which upgrade would be better to address our key needs from this machine.

Thanks everyone.
 

jclisenby

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I would get the fusion drive and then buy some RAM from a 3rd party to install yourself. You can replace ram for about $50-$75 bucks if you do it yourself.
 

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