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Old 08-11-2010, 05:12 AM
supersam83 supersam83 is offline
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Question Imac Purchase Help


I posted sometime ago about imac configuration for running a 003+. Since then the new imacs have been released with the ssd drive. Im about to purchase an i7 quad core but want to know if anybody is succesfully using the ssd for program files and internal HD for the audio (thus doing away with the need for an initial external HD..). From what i can gather, in theory it should work but i would like to know of any first hand experience.

Any help and advice is welcome.

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Old 08-11-2010, 07:53 AM
nst7 nst7 is offline
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Default Re: Imac Purchase Help

Well, I don't have the experience with this, but there's no reason at all that it shouldn't work.

Just to offer a few suggestions, you can save some money and have some other options if you get your Imac upgraded by OWC (macsales.com).

A few of their options are:

1. Installing a better and cheaper SSD then you would get from Apple.
2. Installing a cheaper (and probably better) regular drive
3. Installing another SSD in your optical bay (you would then buy an external CD/DVD drive).
4. Instead of the internal SSD, they can use that connection to give you an external e-sata port, giving you more options for external drives/devices.
5. Cheaper additional ram that's the same specs as Apple.

You can check out the options here:

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Old 08-11-2010, 08:55 AM
BradLyons BradLyons is offline
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Default Re: Imac Purchase Help

This is a bad idea no matter what the reason.....for one main reason. HOW WILL YOU KEEP THAT HARD-DRIVE COOL? If you have a 7200 hard drive in there, keep in mind the power supply for the drive is not dedicated nor is it anything special. There is no adequate cooling for the drive, making it far more likely for continual lockups or overall disk failures. You really need a good external firewire hard-drive.
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