Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

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  1. SychoBC macrumors member

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    I want to get a new computer and I'm getting sick of windows. I've been looking at the iMac recently and I love the 20 inch display. Anyone have any opinions on the iMac?
     
  2. Toeknee macrumors regular

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    The only thing that I would do if i were getting an iMac is replace the stick of 256 thats inside the dome with a stick of 512.. that way you dont have to crack open the computer at all. You can do this via the apple store online.
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I ordered my iMac 17" with 1 512 MB DIMM in the factory slot. I highly recommend doing this if you plan to upgrade the memory later, especially if you're considering upgrading the memory to 1GB. Also, doubling the RAM from 256 MB to 512 MB will make Mac OS X 'zippier'.
     
  4. 512ke macrumors 6502a

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    Imac

    I've been very satisfied with my 17" 1.25 imac. I also upgraded the RAM. Big difference. I notice there are still great deals on the slightly older 17" 1 GHZ model to be had. That might be worth investigating to save you about $400. Just a thought.
     
  5. Lincoln macrumors regular

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    The other thing(s) that you may wish to consider are Bluetooth and the larger hard disk. These can only be added when the iMac is being built.

    The same features can be added externally later, but will use up some of the valuable USB and FireWire ports, it's also nice to have everything self contained.

    While not everyone needs a 160GB hard disk, it's only a few $'s to add bluetooth at the start.

    I have bluetooth on my powerbook and it works very well with my Nokia 3650 and Palm Tungsten T3.

    P.S. I second (or is it fourth now) everyone else about getting 512MB of Ram initially as one stick.

    Whatever spec you go for, I wish you all the best with your iMac.
     
  6. mwjd299 macrumors regular

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    I bought the 20" iMac the day after Thanksgiving. I'm very happy with it so far. Have not had any problems. I really like the screen size, it seemed large at first, now I can't go back to a 17".
    As far as the specs go, I have the standard 256mb stick. It's adequate for my purposes, but I am thinking of upgrading with another 256mb.
     
  7. Chomolungma macrumors regular

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    Government discount $1773

    FYI and anyone in here too....that is if you're a federal employee

    special promotion @ apple online store for Federal employee. Additional $250 off of discounted price
    ...this come to $1773

    -Chomo


     
  8. aswitcher macrumors 603

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    Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    Well beware the "rumor" that iMac is long over due for a revisio, and likely to a G5. Different people have different ideas about dates ranging from next week to September, with a form factor change etc...

    20" is very nice. Get the 512 and I would also say the Bluetooth so you can get the wireless keyboard and mouse. Hard disk upgrade is also nice.
     
  9. Opteron macrumors 6502

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    Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    I have many. Though only a few shall I share.

    Don't buy an iMac, you would be many times better off buyiing a PM g4, They still make those machines in Dual Proc configuration. A much better and viable option.

    Since when you one day decide that the computer your thinking of buying is slow and has outlived it's usefulness, You WONT HAVE TO THROW THE SCREEN OUT with a power mac, however you will need to do this if you WASTE YOUR MONEY AND BUY A 20" IMAC.

    buy a tower G4, and a high quality CRT monitor, and you'll never look back. Save that buy a G5.
     
  10. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    The 20" iMac would cost you $500 less than a single 1.25GHz tower plus 20" display. It would also take up less room, give you Bluetooth, and you'd get that nifty arm. And if flickering bothers you, the LCD takes care of that, plus you get that nifty arm!
     
  11. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Re: Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    This is the problem I have with the 20" iMac. You are paying a large portion of that price for the screen, a screen which is completely useless when it comes time to upgrade (which will be sooner rather than later, seeing as the tech in the iMac at the moment is so ridiculously out of date already! :eek: :rolleyes: )

    Personally, I'd never get a 20" iMac.
     
  12. kangaroo macrumors regular

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    Re: Re: Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    So who's upgrading all the time? A new iMac could easily take you out the next 5 years. By that time, if you'd gotten a G4 or G5 w/separate display--you'd probably want to ditch your display and upgrade that too.
     
  13. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The current iMac is still slower than a PowerMac I bought over 2 years ago, the tech is ancient! The screen will out live the rest of the machine, and you will want to upgrade. A single 1.25GHz G4 for £1749 (stock, and you'd need more RAM) is an out right rip-off, there's just no denying it, unless of course you one of the I love Apple, they can do no wrong zealots :rolleyes:.

    The iMac needs a G5, and it needs it quick, until then it's a waste of money. Keeping on slapping on bigger and bigger screens does not cut it Apple!
     
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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    you also get the 20" screen, which lowers the "rip-off" factor quite a bit.
     
  15. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    Yes, which (as has already been said) is bugger all use when that 1.25GHz G4 out lives it's usefullness. :rolleyes:
     
  16. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    But then you can just run the SETI@Home screensaver on it and it'll be purtee and useful :D
     
  17. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I hope you're joking at this point :eek:
     
  18. ebow macrumors 6502a

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    Seeing as IBM is about to begin delivering 90nm G5 chips it's reasonable to assume that Apple will be working them into other parts of the product line (beyond Xserve) pretty soon. So I'd hold off on just about any purchase right now (except maybe iBooks) until... mid-March (wild guess) if I could wait. Another wild guess: we'll see speed-bumpted PM G5s, G5 iMacs, and faster G4 eMacs.

    But basically, if you're interested in an iMac and can wait a month, it might be a good bet to just wait. Stay tuned to the rumor mill, of course.
     
  19. kangaroo macrumors regular

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    No, I never drank the Apple Kool-Aid (i.e., I'm not an Apple zealot).;)
    I don't really disagree with you--Apple should stick a G5 in there posthaste, and change the form factor a bit. What I take issue with is the argument that some people make that an iMac (or any all-in-one) is a poor choice because of its limited upgrade options. The fact is, most people 'upgrade' by ditching their system and buying a [completely] new one.
     
  20. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Looking to buy the 20 inch iMac...

    But way pay out again at upgrade time for a monitor (in this case a very good and expensive one) when you already have one? :confused: It just make no sense to me.
     
  21. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    4 or 5 years ago, CRT displays were hailed for holding value better than the CPU/memory/HD, etc. so the convention back then was to buy modest computers frequently but invest more and hold on to the big monitor.

    now, with LCDs in town, CRTs suddenly cost next to nothing and no casual users are attracted by them. so much for "holding value."

    for casual users, iMac will last 5 years fine. would you be willing to bet that the display technology won't be better then that you'd have wanted to upgrade the display regardless of whether you have an iMac or a PowerMac? who knows what's coming?

    if you know what you are getting, i think iMac is a fine buy. it's elegant and functional. plus if you wanted a Mac with a large LCD display, iMac is the cheaper way to go. it may not be the best value for the money for some - sure, i can see that - but to label people in favor of iMacs as "I love Apple, they can do no wrong zealots" is a bit of yourself being... "upgrade zealot"
     
  22. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Whatever mate, you still will not convince me that paying so much for a computer with such old, out dated, over priced tech, with a screen that is no use in the future is a good idea.
    A year ago I would have said the iMacs were good, but now the situation has changed, we are a year on, and what's changed really? Oh, a bigger screen, great :rolleyes:
     
  23. Opteron macrumors 6502

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    Totally agree, And I return to my previous statement, why not go with a headless DP 1.25G4 Power mac. They're faster than the G5 1.6GHz model, and have the ablity to take a second optial drive, 4HDD's, 2GB od RAM, and any mac edition AGP graphics card+PCI-X. While they are still a little pricy they're much better buying than an iMac at this point in time.

    About my CRT comment. Plan and simple I don't like LCD screens. I'm a gamer, and nothing beats a 21" Flat CRT. Plus they are cheaper and last for donkies years.

    However if your one for biding your time I would wait for OLED screen set for release around the turn of the decade (2010)
     
  24. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    I agree with both of you, might as well get that stale technology in a 1.25 single G4 Powermac and buy a nice screen to go with it. Then you have the ability to upgrade everything. But i wouldnt choose a dual G4 over a single G5 not when comparing new against new. as G4s have been bumped up they havent really gotten faster because of that FSB. This is why when those G5s came out they started at 800 compared to 167 on single and dual G4s.
    Dont get me wrong i love Imacs design just not what is inside them.
     

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