Leave it Alone, or Hack it? 2010 iMac

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Leave it Alone, or Hack it? 2010 iMac
Apr 17, 2013

My friend is retiring her iMac and giving it to me. So, finally I can do PP work with my Nikon images. By the way, I feel very lucky that this is happening.

There seems to be a consensus among Mac-owning photographers that a person should have 16Gb of Ram, a 1TB hard drive and at least an i5 processor. Here are the specs on the machine I'm getting. Should I modify it, sell it and get a 2012 or leave it alone.

2010 iMac, i5 27" screen. 1tb drive & DVD, 2.66Ghz 2 Core Duo CPU.

I was considering getting a tech place adding 8Gb of Ram and possibly putting in an SSD drive for boot purposes. I don't think it has a Thunderbolt port, or I would consider getting an external SSD to boot from.

I've saved up some money for a 2012 iMac with Fusion Drive. So I could readily sell this one and buy a new, dream machine.  What are your thoughts?

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