Just ordered an Imac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by minimac, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. minimac macrumors member

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    I did it! Just placed an order for a refurb 17" iMac. I've been on the fence for a while, but my 4 year old iBook just isn't enough for me anymore. I can't wait! :D
     
  2. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Congrats! It is, I believe, a GREAT computer. Fast, easy to use, etc.

    Enjoy!

    Bob
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I've got a iMac & iBook combo and I wouldn't swap it for anything. Good choice. :)
     
  4. AstrosFan macrumors 6502

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    Congrats! You're really going to love the iMac - it's a great computer!

    Now, when you get the opportunity, don't forget to add some third-party RAM (www.datamem.com, www.macsales.com or www.crucial.com) to really get it flying!

    Lastly, if you're going to have it set up on a good-sized desk, consider some speakers to pair it with (numerous threads on this topic here).

    Best wishes!
     
  5. nagromme macrumors G5

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    G5 power plus refurb price? All good :) Do add RAM, you'll get fewer hesitations and starlight mints (due to HD access).

    The current iMac is a machine I can't imagine ever getting rid of if I had one. I just know it would be hanging on the wall forever, stand removed, doing SOMETHING forever. Music station, videophone, animated picture frame... something.
     
  6. Etrain macrumors 6502

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    Congrats! I switched from a Gateway to my iMac in May and haven't looked back since. I love my iMac! Best of luck to you! :D
     
  7. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    What was the tota cost of your purchase?

    Do we know, does this imac come with built in BT and Airport Express?

    Ugh! I'm on the fence.. to buy, not to buy! Wait... don't wait!

    I want one.. I'm going to order one....

    Why wait, right? A laptop would work better and fill two of my needs... but the mac laptops suck my ass right now!

    Or at least in the sub-$1000 range, they do.
     
  8. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I think that you will be very pleased with your refurb iMac purchase. Good luck minimac. I agree you should get extra RAM, also AppleCare.

    I have been looking at the refurb G5 iMac list also. Have Airport Extreme would be a must.
     
  9. minimac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone!

    I'm going to see how it runs with 512, but I'm prepared to add some ram if needed.

    I got the refurb 17" with superdrive - $1250 total. Yes it's the latest with Airport and Bluetooth according to Apple. I'm going on vacation for a week so I won't get to see it until i get back. Had it shipped to my parents house and they promised not to open it, that's part of the excitement! :)
     
  10. yoak macrumors 65816

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    That´s what I need to keep my ibook company, congratulations.
    Wish we had refurb up north ;)
     
  11. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Nice! Hope you like it! I noticed a great improvement when I went 512MB -> 1GB so maybe you might want to think about upgrading the RAM, other than that it's a powerful mac. :D
     
  12. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    I'd hold off on buying ram until you get the machine. It's common to get a refurb mac and find little things like extra ram already installed. You might just get lucky and find 1GB in it when it arrives.

    :)
     
  13. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    congrats, that is a good deal....i agree and see about the ram....i was going to purchase 1gb for my pb, but ive been doing well with the stock 512, so im holding off...WELCOME TO MAC
     
  14. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Once upon a time, in my ITing days, I had a beautfiul 20" iMac with 512. Worked like a charm ...
     
  15. minimac thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, it figures a new iMac would be announced after I ordered mine... I did get a price adjustment since the prices for the refurbished models had dropped as well. I'm happy with that :)

    A problem however... my iMac seems to have the dreaded "noisy fan" problem. :( I've just started reading up on the issue but I'm not sure exactly what to do since it seems Apple doesn't have an official stance on the issue. Whenever the processor is working hard the temperature creeps up and the remote control airplane noise starts.

    What can I do? Can I take it to the nearest Apple store and see if they will replace the fan for me?
     
  16. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    While I can't comment on your exact situation I would guess that it's similar to my 17" powerbook. The fan used to kick in and it would be a loudish, grinding noise... it seemed at the time as though a ball bearing had given up the ghost.

    I took it to an apple store and they informed me that they would be unable to fix it in house. Certain tasks I think, that involve a great disassembly of a machine, cannot be done in house by techs -- instead it has to be sent away to Apple.

    I would be fairly certain yours is a similar situation.

    The good news is, Apple has fantastic service. I often would get my powerbook back with in 4 days of sending it away in their fabulous brown box.
     
  17. this is funah macrumors 6502

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    you're in the same situation as me, man.

    im currently using a G3 iBook 500mHz 12" and im going to get a new imac soon. the only thing keeping me from ordering it online is seeing if the apple store nearby can upgrade ram. im pretty sure they can.

    which poses a question:
    i want a new iMac 17" from my apple store (they said theyd be in on the 25th) with all stock features except i want 1 GB RAM... can they perform the upgrade on-site without me waiting 4-6 weeks for an online order?
     
  18. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Congrats on your purchase! The iMac is a great computer, blazing speeds even with FCP!!! :D
     
  19. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    I saw the new imac (17") in the Apple Easton store today.... very cool.

    The remote magnetically sticks to the side of the iMac, and the front row software is fantastic!

    If I wasn't so opposed to the screen on the iMacs, I might have forked over the cash right then.

    :)

    I just realized this thread is kinda old... but I'll leave my post.
     

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