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Old Oct 30, 2012, 01:32 AM   #126
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Originally Posted by bobright View Post
I will be a first time Mac owner hopefully very soon with the new iMac release around the corner. I am looking to spend a good amount of money on one and HOPE I can at least get a good 5 years or so life out of it. I have got that out of all my previous PC's hopefully can get around the same out of a Mac.

How has your guys held up over the years?
I owned an Early 2006 iMac. I replaced in January 2011 with a Mac mini Server that I used as a non-server Mac, running the client version of Snow Leopard and to last me until I bought my 2012 15" non-retina MacBook Pro (the plan is to sell the Mac mini Server having used it primarily as an interim machine). Really, had I been able to easily upgrade the hard drive on said iMac, I would've done so instead of buying a Mac mini to use for an interim. The lack of user-servicability in this machine is downright maddening. Thankfully, much unlike my iMac and my Mac mini, I can very easily change out the hard drive on my MacBook Pro should I ever want to upgrade.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 08:43 AM   #127
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I have a 2005 iMac G5 20'' that still works great. This was my first Mac.

It runs Leopard and the hard drive was replaced a couple years back, but it has no issues. I gave it to my mother and she uses it daily. For her purposes, it works just fine.

Even as a user of Mountain Lion, it still feels current. Albeit missing a few visual cues and minor features. Possibly my biggest "hope" for the 2012 revision would be the return of the removable back. I know this is unlikely. I just loved being able to service the computer on my own…

I have the exact same imac except mine is a 17"
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:07 AM   #128
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My late 2008 24" iMac died on me (the logic board failed) about 5 months ago.

It was my first Mac ever and I've been extremely happy and satisfied about it. I used to build my own custom PCs before and I basically had to reformat it once or even twice every year and sure, while I could upgrade them every now and then to keep them updated and all, I've never been really satisfied with a custom built PC. It has always been somewhat time consuming to keep them feeling "fresh" and I've never had that problem with the iMac.

It just works - until the piece of **** decides to die on you for no reason.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 10:13 AM   #129
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Why do "logic boards" die?? Happened to a lot of MacBook Pros. Shouldn't happen!!
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 10:22 AM   #130
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I have a 24" 2006. The superdrive failed years ago. I have also replaced the graphics card twice and recently bumped the ram up to 4 thinking it would help me make it to the next upgrade. The computer runs like crap and will almost freeze up if you have two different web browsers open at one time. Can't wait to replace it. My 2003 PowerMac on the other hand still runs like a champ. If apple still supported it, I wouldn't be replacing it on this upgrade cycle too.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:18 PM   #131
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I have upgraded to 8GB RAM in my Early 2009 20" iMac. I am going to purchase a Western Digital 1 TB Green Drive tomorrow to install in place of the stock 320GB drive. I have the Mountain Lion installer saved to an SD card. If I replace the hard drive straight from the box, will I be able to use a USB card reader to install Mountain Lion on the new hard drive? I have things saved on Time Machine but I don't want to have to buy an adapter to copy the old hard drive unless it was absolutely necessary...
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:39 PM   #132
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Model Name: iMac G5
Model Identifier: PowerMac12,1
Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (3.0)
Processor Speed: 1.9 GHz
Number Of CPUs: 1
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 2.5 GB
Bus Speed: 633 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 5.2.6f1
Serial Number (system): xxxxxxxxxxx
Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-001124E69A2E

2005 PowerPC G5 iMac (No Intel)

2.5 gigs of RAM. Still runs like a charm but watching Youtube videos etc can be a bit time consuming when they buffer. Also I can hear the fans kicking on almost non stop now. It's on its last legs for sure but it's held up pretty darn good. Haven't replaced anything except added more RAM to it.

Nearly 8 years and hangin' in.


lol I guess someone bumped this old thread.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 06:16 PM   #133
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iMac mid-2007 24"

Got this refurbished unit at apple store around 2008. Put new memory. It ran for 3 years no problem before the hdd died. It was an easy upgrade - just followed ifixit on youtube. Upgraded to the current 500GB.

It runs great. Very stable for downloading. I am on Mountain Lion with OSX server. And I also have Parallels with Win XP on it. Still running fine. the Superdrive is a bit erratic but hardly used.

I just wish I can it had an input for video so that if it ever dies I can use it as big monitor. But it was an amazing value as a desktop.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 06:34 PM   #134
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17" late 2006 2.0GHz,2 gigs ram,160 gig hd,lion 10.7.5...Mint condition bought this year from craigs for $160.

Runs great,almost dead silent,screen is perfect (love matte screens) no backlight crazy bleeds,or any of the issues i hear about the latest models.

Guess only downside is i can't run mountain lion.

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Old Jan 2, 2013, 06:51 PM   #135
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my 2008 (8.1) 24" 2.8 Core2 duo with 4gb ram has always and still is faultless, my q key on the keyboard is sticking a bit since I dripped tea on it the other week but thats the sum total of defects in all this time on a machine that's used everyday for photoshop and webwork etc.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 08:30 PM   #136
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Pretty good -but the end is in sight

I have a VERY early 2006 iMac (ordered Jan 2nd or 3rd of 2006), whihc I still use on a daily basis, and still prefer as my "main" computer. It runs Snow Leopard, and is slower than my MacBook Pro ( 2012 ) but I still like it better - probably the screen, and it is where I do most of my work. I did replace the hard drive after a failure in late 2009, and also replaced the disk drive ( i now have a 1.5 TB drive in it) at the same time ( it had problems ejecting discs, not reading/writing). I have never had any other problems. I am in the midst fo debating getting another iMac, or a Mac Mini. I do like having a disc drive, and have a few FireWire devices, and have utilized the "audio input" on my old iMac more than a few times - which makes me SLIGHTLY hesitant to get the new iMac ( hence my fascination with the new Mac Mini) but it was definitely my lan to repalce it with another iMac. Things are getting slow, software that is compatible is getting slightly more difficult to find ( nothing major, but I can sense the way the wind is blowing) If and when I do replace it, it will not go to the scrap - heap, but rather be given to my children to use as a homework and general family computer ( although they may hasten its demise significantly)
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