Found a good deal on an iMac. I need convincing.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Adre, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. Adre macrumors newbie

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    I can get a stock 15" 1GHz iMac (only this model) for an affordable amount. I will be buying another 256MB stick of RAM from Crucial. I just have a few questions:
    • My iPod is formatted for Windows. Can I retrieve the files and put them on my iMac, reformat to Mac, and sync?
    • I remember once putting around 5GB of music on my iPod and clearing my iTunes library because it was lagging. Next it synced and deleted everything. If I connect my iPod to the iMac, is autosync enabled?
    • I am used to a 20" CRT. The iMac has a maximum resolution of 1024x768. I'm used to a 1280x1024. Will the 15" be enough?
    • I would like to run games like Warcraft 3 on the iMac. The default graphics card is a Geforce4 MX. Is it easy to change this?
    • My currect computer has a P4 1.5a. How will this model of the iMac compare with it in activities like audio encoding?
    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If you have a PC and are planning on reusing as much as possible on the new system, a 1GHz PowerMac G4 may be an alternative -- or a refurb PM 1.6 G5 for $100 more.
     
  3. Adre thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can get this iMac for pretty much dirt cheap (<$700), but it won't have Panther or the new iLife. I don't mind, though.
    My father will be purchasing my current PC, so it'll be all new hardware. I was thinking of buying a Radeon 9600 Pro as a GPU replacement (I've only got an overclocked Ti4200 at the moment anyway) if it's possible to change these things.
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Basically cannot change anything, almost a sealed box -- especially the CPU/GPU being soldered to the logic board.

    Changing/upgrading the HD, Optical drive, internal Memory require breaking some of the thermal conduits -- so they need to be redone when putting it back together with thermal pads/paste.
     

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