Hope all is well with you and that Santa will be giving you cool stuff this year!You probably know about this deal, but just in case:
I’m wondering how many poor saps will buy the standard Core i5 iMac model, never knowing that the extra $200 for the Core i7 processor upgrade will more-or-less double their speed on newer programs? If I was buying a new iMac right now, I’d go to http://store.apple.com and order the 27″ with the i7 processor upgrade with the minimum 8GB of RAM. If I was feeling pretty frisky, I’d upgrade to a 3tb Fusion Drive. They go as fast as stink (that’s pretty fast). Then, I’d upgrade the graphics card so that it has more RAM for $150. Total cost before tax is $2749, which is a lot less than the same amount of power even a year ago.
Then, I’d get the 32gb RAM kit mentioned in your link above. The extra $295 mentioned in your link (from my favorite chip vendor) is an insanely good deal (saving $305), particularly for folks who need the Mac to do Photoshop or video-editing work. C-H-E-A-P compared to Apple’s price.
Notice how they say “the 27″ model”? That is because it’s absurdly difficult to upgrade the RAM on the new 21″ iMac model. Only a determined tech can do it.