17 Imac or G4 Tower 1.25

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mlwx, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2003
    Thinking of buying a new Mac! With my educational discount I can buy a Imac for around $1750 or I can buy a G4 1.25 with a 17" apple flat screen for around $1800. I use iphoto, play games once in a while, wordprocessing, itunes, and would like to get a video camera at some point. What would be the better buy?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    For the extra $50 I'd go with the PowerMac. It is more expandable and will therefore be a better machine in the long run.

    Unless, of course, you like the design of the iMac. If this is true I really can't blame you. :D
  3. macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    well youll be getting more for your money with the powermac, but the imac is pretty damn cool. looks great on a desk. you just gotta decide if you will ever be upgrading anything in your computer, if not i would go for the imac, a lot cooler.

  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2003
    off topic, but what is a macrumors 65816, ibookin'
    (i'm a newbie)
  5. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
    Did you say games? The Flat Panel iMac 17" 2003 model is limited to 64 MB of VRAM, the 15" is 32 MB of VRAM, and the 17" 2002 model is only 32 MB of VRAM. And that's not upgradable on the iMac. It is on the PowerMac. If you are into heavy graphics games, you may want more. I know some people who are. The only disadvantage to the PowerMac is that it does not include Appleworks, which is an extra $80 and possibly cheaper for students. Look at the prices here to see what bundles you can get:

  6. macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Powermac 100%
  7. macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2001
    the imac also has a superdrive too. I prefer the widescreen over the 17" studio display.. but I would prolly go with the powermac.
  8. macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I too prefer the the 17" widescreen over the standard screen. It seems that there is more "usable" space with the widescreen. I went through a similar dilema with the 1GHz powermac last february. I decided to get the iMac 17" 1GHz fully loaded. This gave me more features than I could have afforded with the powermac at the time. I was able to have bluetooth and airport extreme. Also, the superdrive is very handy. Don't forget about the apple pro speakers. Those are quite nice as well. Like iJon said...the iMac has a certain "wow" factor to it. I am happy with it.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
    I agree, I love my 15" with Superdrive model, and have played with the 17" model before. There is a certain friendliness to those machines that never wears off.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    Get iMac. It has wide screen, takes up less room, and just as capable as Power Mac. If you are worried about expandability or upgrading graphics card, don't worry. By the time you need to update the graphics card, you'll probably need a new computer anyway.

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