Buy an eMac?

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  1. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Hi all again, yes I'm the little impatient one here lol, but I have a few questions. How is the eMac's overall performance value? I'm thinking after I get an iBook to buy an eMac for home use. What features should I be aware of that the eMac won't have versus the iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac, etc. I've heard that on some apps it won't work for it. I'd probably use it for DVD's, upgrade it to 1GB of RAM and 160GB HDD, and music.
     
  2. reaper macrumors 6502

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    I think that right now (after the most recent update) the eMac is probably one of the best values in the mac line. I would say that if you need a computer to do some surfing, word processing and some basic stuff definitely get the eMac. It won't be a computing powerhouse (I use that relatively compared to the new G5's and the like), but it will definitely be a great household machine to get things done.

    - reaper
     
  3. Ensoniq macrumors regular

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    The eMac offers the best performance/cost ratio of any machine in Apple's lineup. There is nothing an eMac can't do that the iBook can...except fit in your backpack. :)
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 68040

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    Who the hell told you that you couldnt run some apps on an eMac?

    Granted that some high-end games wont run at its best, but otherwise...?
     
  5. invaLPsion macrumors 65816

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    Precisely right. All other apps except games like AAO and C&C will run like a breeze.
     
  6. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

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    for a mac, the emac is definately the best bang for the buck
    you should be able to do word processing internet and such fine on it
    the only thng the emac can't really do is games, the graphics card just isn't powerful enough

     
  7. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    Whilst UT 2003 and Age of Mythology work excellently on mine, I was a bit miffed that Tony Hawks gets quite jerky with the resolution up past 800x600
     
  8. slooksterPSV thread starter macrumors 68030

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    one of the software titles, I think I found it on Apple.com, said that it would work on a list of comps, but not on an eMac. I don't remember the software title
     
  9. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 68040

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    Its due to the Geforce 2 MX in the machine. Its sucks major ass.
     
  10. tekno_geek911 macrumors 6502

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    It has a Radeon 9200 now.
     
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 68040

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    I expected that he didnt had one of the new eMac's but had one of the 'old' ones.. :)
     
  12. Miner Willy macrumors regular

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    who the hell told you...

    After much deliberation I bought an eMac and upgraded it to a gig of RAM and it rocks. I would definitely recommend it as an all round machine for those on a budget.

    My only reservation was that if you look at the tech specs for Apple new app Motion then you will notice that the graphics card doesn't meet the minimum spec. I thought about buying a regular powermac G4 but even those don't meet the requirement, I thought "sod it" I've got access to 57 (yes 57) 1.8Gig G5's at work so if I need to use motion I can do it there...

    Sorry got a bit carried away there its more like 42, still impressive though as 24 of them have 2gig of ram in them too ;)
     
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  14. JOD8FY macrumors 6502a

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    The eMac is a wonderful machine for an excellent value. It depends on your needs. The iBook and eMac are pretty similar in specs, so it would really come down to whether you need portability or slightly more power.

    Best wishes,
    JOD8FY
     
  15. sockeatingdryer macrumors regular

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    Get One!

    Go ahead and get one. I ordered one last Friday.
    The only thing I will even slightly have reservations about would be the video card, but then again, I'm not a gamer. Just a high school student who needs a good machine.
     
  16. Miner Willy macrumors regular

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    lots o' G5's

    I work at a specialist art & design art college in the UK...
    I run the HND multimedia course there.
     

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