The Family iMac: it has a nice ring to it! We finally pulled the trigger on a computer for the whole family to use. This was inevitable — Jane will be in 5th grade and Oliver is entering 1st grade.

Further, both Rebecca and my work laptops are absolutely locked down to the point where it’s hard for us to do anything outside of work. And you know what? That’s not fun at all!

Build to Order 27” 5K iMac

We needed a computer that would last until Jane went to High School. Thanks to my Syracuse University MBA, I still had my SU Student ID, which made the base model 27” 5K iMacs $200 cheaper.

My Build to Order configuration:

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display


  • 3.7GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • 1TB SSD storage
  • Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Magic Mouse 2
  • Magic Keyboard

I felt it was important to ditch the 2TB Fusion Drive in favor of a 1TB SSD for a few reasons:

  1. Speed. I can’t go back to a spinning plate drive after using a 12.9” iPad Pro as a daily driver, and having used a MacBook Pro at work.
  2. Reliability. SSDs are just way more reliable than plate-based drives.
  3. Low cost external storage. Thunderbolt 3 makes all the difference here, as I can grab a 1TB M2 NVMe SSD and toss it into a TB3 enclosure.

Thanks to falling RAM prices, I was able to add a 32GB Kit from Crucial for $127. I’m now spec’d out with 40GB of RAM and this machine screams!

About this iMac

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