potential switcher

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rfruth, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. rfruth macrumors regular

    rfruth

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    I have a G3 iMac and love it also have a x86 Linux box thats used as my 'daily driver' and am quite pleased with it also - would like to replace my 6 year old G3 with the latest-n-greatest 20 inch iMac but I can't bring myself to part with the $$$ thus I need moral support !
     
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    just look at it. That should be all the moral support you need :D
     
  3. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I switched from a G3 to a G5 about two years ago, and I saw an amazing difference, and the new Intel Macintosh systems are screaming fast (even when compared to my G5.) I'm not sure what OS you used on your G3, but I was using Panther (OS X 10.3) and I love the new features of Tiger (OS X 10.4) that came with it. Plus, Leopard (OS X 10.5) is coming out this spring, so it will be a great time to upgrade. And, you'll love the other new features like Front Row and Photo Booth (entertainment that will last you a long time.)

    Really, these intels are so fast. I think you'll really love the new features of Mac OS X. My iMac G5 was one of the best purchases I've ever made!

    (Oh, and if you're in college or if one of your family members are, you can get an education discount which saves you at least $100 on the 20" iMac!)
     
  4. belovedmonster macrumors regular

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    If price is an issue wait until the Mac Mini gets its next speed bump and then get one of those bad boys. Since you already have a Linux box you will have all the keyboard and display and everything so it will be an effective way of getting a cheap Mac. Plus, Im guessing from the fact you use Linux that you arent a gamer or a video editing or something that requires massive computing power so the next speed bumped Mac Mini should meet your needs fine.
     
  5. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    You'll love the Core2Duo (latest) iMacs, they absolutely scream. The 20" iMac is the fastest computer I've ever had a chance to work with, and the design is absolutely stunning...
     
  6. Mr Mac Newbie macrumors member

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    Cool. I'm ordering my first ever Mac tomorrow and going for the 20'' Imac and can't wait to get it going in my room
     
  7. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    If you love your G3 iMac you will be very happy with the new model. Since your old machine has a 15" screen, a 12 GB HD and a full 8 MB of VRAM you can save some money by buying the 17" iMac. It has more of everything. Best wishes.
     
  8. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    Are you sure you don't want to wait for Leopard and iLife '07, Mr Mac Newbie?
     
  9. rfruth thread starter macrumors regular

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    OP here, should have said my G3 has Panther on it and yes if I take the plunge would wait for Leopard and whatever else it brings but who knows a Mac Mini may fill the bill by then :rolleyes:
     
  10. Mr Mac Newbie macrumors member

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    I was thinking about waiting but others on this forum advised me that it wouldn't make any difference other than it coming pre-installed on the imac if i bought later.

    If i buy ow and upgrade later it won't cost that much anyway. Plus aren't we taking about June time before Leopard being released.

    Plus they are not realing any new imac's i've heard anyway for a while. My 20'' Imac is going to be pimped with 2GB RAM as well as 256mb GPU so i am assuming that even if i buy Leopard later on when it's relased the imac will more than cope with it?
     
  11. eenu macrumors 65816

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    Yes it will cope with it fine
     
  12. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I'm highly predicting sometime this march or april, but you never know. Good luck!
     
  13. Mr Mac Newbie macrumors member

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    Am i making a big mistake by buying it today then? My PC has done my head in and is going and i need a new computer. I heard that new design Imac's may not come until the end of the year, so that's why i am buying now.

    Software i am not too bothered about.

    I need to know about the hardware side as it is alot of money afterall and i don't want to throw it away on something that is out of date
     
  14. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    Most people on this site will tell you "If you need it now, then buy it now. If you can wait for the upgrades, then wait." I agree with this.

    I wouldn't expect the Santa Rosa chips to be coming into the iMacs until this summer, so I would buy now. But if you can wait another 4-6 weeks for Leopard, I would.
     
  15. kixsand macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't wait...and didn't wait...just got a 24" iMac a week ago!

    As far as Leopard is concerned it would be nice to have the computer shipped with it so that you avoid doing the install....but it's not like it is that labor intensive...or troublesome...I have never had a single problem or wrinkle arise when I've upgraded an Apple OS...it's not like upgrading Windows. And if it is $129 as they usually are ...it isn't that expensive to do. You will also have the luxury of waiting a little bit for them to iron out the wrinkles.

    As for hardware...it could be this summer...but it could also be next spring...there is absolutely nothing wrong with the performance of the iMac as it is currently shipping. I think we might be a lot further away from a hardware upgrade than you might think.

    darren
     

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