iMac - Soon to be proud owner of 24" iMac!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by spazer, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. spazer macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Northern California
    I just ordered by first Mac, it's a 24" iMac:

    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600 GT w/256
    500GB Serial ATA Drive
    SuperDrive 8X (DVDR-DL/CD-RW)
    Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse

    This will be my first Mac ever. I used to HATE Macs, especially back in the early OS 9 days. I used to be the computer tech at a school with about 500 macs and 500 PCs. I couldn'd stand working on the Macs, and always felt like they took so much more work to keep running.

    Fast forward several years, and the world of Macs have changed quite a bit. They're running Intel processors, and running a new OS based on UNIX. I especially like the ability to run WinXP, and like the setup of this particular generation of iMacs. I decided to give the 24" iMac a shot... I've never really used OS X, and plan on running WinXP most of the time, but I'm willing to dabble on the Mac side. I'm excited!

    Estimated shipping is Oct 13... I can't wait!
  2. kondspi macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2006
    Welsome to the wide and wild world of Macintosh!
  3. Invisiblefence macrumors newbie


    Sep 20, 2006
    A few years ago I had never touched a mac but after pursuing my studies in design I fell in love the first time I used one. My fist mac was a bog standard edu emac which didn't really fulfil my needs but was all I could afford. 3 years down the line and I have just recieved my imac 24 and would never go back to pc. You'll love it I assure you plus the obvious aesthetically pleasing look will make your friends wish they had one! Dirty pc's lol
  4. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    That's like buying a really fancy toaster and only using it to warm your hands. Since you are making a big investment, take the time to learn how to get the most out of it. Start buy spending a little more money and buying Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue. Next, challenge yourself to spend two weeks not using XP for anything that has a Mac equivalent. Explore the iLife apps. There is nothing like them on Windows.

    After that, if you still want to run XP all the time go ahead. Most switchers wind up doing the opposite, however. Best wishes
  5. bluewire macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Bay Area, California
    Welcome. I bet you'll get your computer sooner then the ship date. I did. Well I hope you do. BTW, your comp is nearly identical to the one I ordered 2 weeks ago. It came this Wednesday. I literally have not gotten a full night of sleep since getting it...been tinkering with settings, etc...its an awesome screen and it is blazing.

    Congrats and welcome again!
  6. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    I am sure there are people who disagree with me on this but if you buy a Mac to only run Windows, its not a Mac any more. Without Mac OS X, its just a pretty PC.
  7. nodabs macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2006
    I agree with you on this... I was a hardcore PC supporter and i just switched on Saturday to a 2' iMac. I'm not even installing bootcamp until i find something i absolutely can't do with OS X.
  8. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    And a fine looking one at that!

    Seriously though, the unit you just purchased is a great configuration. I think you'll be happy that you chose 2GB RAM and that graphics card is fantastic - I have one in one of my computers.

    I admit to using Windows - I have to at work - but I use Windows mostly for games that aren't available on the Mac. My favorite game, World of Warcraft, runs nicely on OS/X though and I think this will be the trend in high end games. I enjoy OS/X too much to spend time on Windows for anything new that I'm working on though.
  9. nightelf macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2003
  10. 0010101 macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2006
    I'd been a long time Mac supporter, but had all but abandoned the Mac platform about the time I got a copy of XP.

    A little over a year ago I got ahold of a Mac and a copy of OSX 10.3.. and I haven't looked back.

    On the rare occasions I have to sit down at an XP machine, it makes me wanna puke.

    I'm not into video games, and everything I did on a PC, there's either a MacOS X version, or an equivalent program that works even better.

    Seems kind of pointless to buy an Intel Mac and run nothing but XP on it.. I mean, why not just buy a PC?
  11. vand0576 macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2006
    mpls, mn
    nice config.

    I ordered the same exact configuration with my 24"-er. It is also my first mac. seems we have a lot in common.
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Congrats on your purchase and your decision to give Mac OS X a try spazer. :)
  13. ripfrankwhite macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2005
    I just ordered the same configuration tonight. I went to the Apple Store to see it, and it made the 20" look small. I hate waiting for things to ship, so here's to hoping that the next 10 business days fly by. :D
  14. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    Congrats on the purchase. Hopefully you'll find yourself using OS X more each day and less Windows.
  15. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6

    Not to rain on your parade ripfrankwhite, but shipping times for something like a new Mac never seem to go fast (at least for me). :eek: But just keep in mind that what you have on its way is well worth the wait. :D :)

    Congrats to you as well on your new 24" iMac. :)
  16. spazer thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Northern California
    Woohoo, my iMac has been shipped ahead of schedule! It's still in China this morning, but has an estimated delivery date of this Friday!
  17. sweet160 macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2006
    Belgium waiting time 6 weeks

    I also ordered today, saw it for the first time in real life and bought it,

    but the lady behind the counter told me waiting time could be up to 6 - 8 weeks here in Belgium for a BTO.

    Is this normal?
  18. logicpro7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2006
    London UK
    as my wife once said to me

    "once you go Mac you never go back" :eek: :D
  19. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Hopefully, you have no friends named Mack. ;)

    spazer: glad to see you join the group. Your iMac makes me envious. Even if I manage to get the 24", I'll get the base model. Your config looks amazing.
  20. nodabs macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2006
    :eek: haha
  21. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I just got mine today, 9 days wait only. It´s huge it´s beautifull.
  22. Mammoth macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    Friday the 13th.. Hope you don't get a lemon. ;) Now I'm jealous of everyone with my 17" weakling.
  23. ianrobgill macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2006
    Durham, UK
    Got mine today:cool:

    2.33 Ghz, 2Gb, 500Gb HDD 7600GT

    Can't wait to get to grips with OSX
  24. spazer thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Northern California
    Woohoo! My iMac arrived early! It arrived last friday, which was about one week ahead of the estimated delivery date.

    I've been loving it so far. I think I've pretty much figured out the basics on the OS. There's some things I like, and some things I don't. One thing I've noticed, it seems OSX doesn't multitask quite as effectively as WinXP. When I have a few applications running, the system seems to randomly slow down and give sluggish response. I very rarely experience that with WinXP.

    I already installed WinXP on the iMac... mostly to run games. I love the performance! I ran Call of Duty 2 at maximum resolution with all the settings turned to high, and it runs very smooth!

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