Buying an imac - worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dontpanic, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. dontpanic macrumors regular

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    i currently have a 14 g4 1.33 ibook with 768mb ram, would the step up to a 17" iMac be really worth it at this point in time, i don't do anything massively intensive but was thinking it would be nice to play a few games on it, i only play football manager on my ibook

    would there really be a greatly noticeable difference in speed? why do men have nipples? would i benefit from 3 inches extra of screen space?
     
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    A Core Duo 2 iMac will not only perform much better, but give you much needed storage and dedicated graphics for your gaming.

    Your iBook will still be perfect for basic portable needs, so you'l have the best of both worlds.

    Make sure you buy enough RAM 1 GB min, 2 GB preferred since Apple is actually
    quite reasonable for the 2 GB upgrade.
     
  3. cschreppel macrumors regular

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    The 17" will definitely be a bit snappier and provide for greater storage needs. The iBook will be perfect for web browsing, word processing, etc. when you need it.
     
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    If...... you can swing the difference by saving a bit longer, go for the 20" or 24"

    17" Wide Screen is fine for getting things done, but it's a whole different experience working on a larger display, especially if you're doing any page layouts
    or working with larger media and control surfaces.
     
  5. risc macrumors 68030

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    A bit snappier? I laughed out loud when I read that! The iMac Core 2 Duo is comparable to a dual G5 (at least), the iBook is a POS compared to the iMac.

    So OP sure go buy the 17" if you want it's not just an upgrade it's 1 HELL OF AN UPGRADE!
     
  6. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Hear hear. You can have a lot of windows/apps open which increases productivity. Right now on my Dell, i'm watching a Video whilst composing a presentation, replying mails and IMing collegues at the same time.......you cant do that on a 17".
     
  7. woodenturkey macrumors newbie

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    was this worth it

    I just bought an ibook g3 600mhz w/airport and OS X tiger for $330, did i over pay? I looked allover the net and this was the best i could find i.e with airport, and the ram.
     
  8. dontpanic thread starter macrumors regular

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    i will go and look at the difference sometime....20" seems awful big to me
     
  9. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    If you are used to an iBook than you will find a 17" screen with higher resolution gives you much more screen space than you had before. Certainly go look at the models yourself, but unless you use applications that really demand room you may find that the 17" iMac is enough. I did.
     
  10. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    The biggest difference, as others have said will be the screen size/resolution. Go for the 20" or even the 24" if you can, working on those huge great big screens is beautifully comfortable...


    @woodenturkey - no I don't think you did overpay for that iBook, I would pay the same!
     
  11. dontpanic thread starter macrumors regular

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    but i don't really do anything that needs massive amounts of screenspace

    i don't think anyway

    why are my letters appearing so slowly :( stupid mac
     
  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I just bought a 17" iMac core duo for my gf. She does web design and photoshop, and she hasn't felt the screen too confining at all. [And best of all, I got my 20" ACD back! ;)]
     
  13. woodenturkey macrumors newbie

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    cool, thia is my first mac, if it was a PC i wouldn't have a problem judging.
     

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