iMac 17 vs iMac 20

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  1. nightelf macrumors 6502

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    I want to buy a new iMac but cannot decide between the iMac 17" 2.0 (EDU $1100) or the iMac 20" 2.16 ($1400).

    Are worth the $300 for the extra 3", .16Mhz, and 90GB of hard drive? If I pick the 17" I would buy an external hard drive.

    I cannot BTO de hard drive because im going to travel and I would receive the Mac after leaving.

    Thanks.
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Depends on what you're doing with it. I've got a 17-incher and it works fine for my needs (I'm a writer, and I do a little work with photoshop / garageband). Plus the external HD will be excellent for backups.
     
  3. nightelf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would play WoW, browse, code some PHP, some graphics with Fireworks. My current Mac is a iMac G4, and is working well, only that i have to play on a DELL :eek: because it runs too slow on the iMac.
     
  4. jive macrumors 6502a

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    17. The External HD will work wonders when you get Leopard with Time Machine...
     
  5. minnesotamacman macrumors regular

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    I would have to think there is enough reason to spend $300 more for the 20" over the 17". And it would be $300 well spent.
     
  6. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I don't play, but I'd guess WoW would run better on the 17-incher because of the smaller display size. You've got the same graphics card, so all things being equal, fewer pixels=faster play.
     
  7. Gosh macrumors 6502

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    I have a 20" iMac and it's just really fine! However if I was brutally honest with myself I could probably have been happy with a 17". I can always talk myself into buying more spec!

    I think 17" is the most popular size in computer screens generally - although that probably includes business too.

    Maybe a 17" with a full-load of RAM? However is you tend to use the desktop with several windows open at once, so maybe Eye TV running whilst surfing the net or typing a letter then 20" does give you room to spread out a bit!
     
  8. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I thought about this for a bit over a year ago when I got my iMac. I thought, hey, I've gotten used to a 12" PB, surely I could do w/ a 17" iMac and I honestly thought the 20" screen was obscenely big (when I saw it in stores)...

    But I opted for the 20" and within two days, I couldn't imagine using a smaller display as a primary computer. :eek:

    I know if you got the 20" you couldn't get the external HD just yet, but that can be bought later-- you can't decide after the fact that you're willing to shell out another $300 and get a bigger display. :p
     
  9. nightelf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was also thinking about a MacBook, but they will get outdated very soon with the new C2D version coming out.

    I would buy one if they come out today!!! :D
     
  10. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I'd probably go with the 17" since you're buying an external HD!
     
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    I don't think anyone can tell you whether those features are worth $300 to you. To me the $300 was worth more, so I went for the 17" model.
     
  13. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    yeah... to each his own. personally, i would rather have more ram than a 20" screen. i have a 18" LCD screen, and ive worked with a 20" iMac before, but I thought the 20" was just a little too big for me. i like the slightly smaller size on my desk.

    i hope to get a core 2 duo 17" imac pretty soon. i love my macbook, but ive missed having a bigger screen and the desktop feel for my primary computer since i sold my pc. plus, the best setup for me is a laptop and desktop.
     
  14. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502

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    i'd shoot for the 20", if it's going to be your primary computer, having a larger screen size does wonders because you could always buy an external HD but you won't be able to up the screen size
     
  15. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    i'd go for the 20". 17" seems too small to me nowadays.

    actually, i'd go for the 24" personally.. but that's just me. heh
     
  16. wchong macrumors 6502

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    well apart from the apparent screen size difference, does anyone know how the 17" 2.16 2gb 128mb x1600 compare to a 20" 2.16 2gb 256mb x1600 in terms of game performace.

    could you post some game fps stats?
     
  17. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502

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    the extra 128MB GPU memory does wonders more for gaming
     
  18. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a

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    actually...

    i think barefeats noted only a 10-15% boost in performance. If that is "wonders" then id be surprised
     
  19. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Go for the 20. First of all, its .16 Ghz, or 160 Mhz.

    Think about it. In 2 years from now you would be much happier on a 20" with all the goodies than a 17". Trust me. In 2 years from now you won't care if you spent 300 extra dollars. Just do it.
     

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