the best desktop?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Corrosive vinyl, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

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    For a long time I have been thinking about getting a mac desktop...
    right now I have an iBook G4 which I use for everything, literally.

    There is no time constraints, and this might not be happening for a long time, because of my lack of moneys, so don't worry about the new OS coming out or new chip. I am interested in the mac mini because of the size, but will have to buy a keyboard, a mouse, and probably a monitor. I don't think I will get an :apple: monitor because of the prices, unless I can get one for about $200. Is all that worth it, or would it be better to get an iMac with everything included?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I think the iMac is better value, especially with the graphics card and larger/faster hard drives. The only problem is that when you want to upgrade, you have to chuck everything away and buy everything new again. Still, I got an iMac G5 back in the day and it still goes along fine. These things are awesome. :)
     
  3. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    With all of the things you mentioned, iMac seems like a better choice. Let's say you compare the Mini with other things, and the 20" iMac.

    Mini - $799
    Westinghouse 20" LCD - $229
    Apple Keyboard - $49
    Mighty Mouse - $49
    Total: $1,126

    20" iMac - $1,499

    Now, for a $373 difference, you get a widescreen monitor (I'm pretty sure the Westinghouse isn't), a Core 2 Duo chip, an all-in-one design, a built-in iSight camera, more RAM, a graphics card, a larger hard drive, and other features I'm forgetting.

    I think it's worth it to get the iMac.
     
  4. 4God macrumors 68020

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    Or maybe a 17" iMac.
     
  5. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    And to 4God, I agree. A 17" iMac might be a better choice, especially at that cost.

    OP: You might even want to look into the refurb store. The Macs there are close to perfect and have rarely been used. Also, you may get a free upgrade.
     
  6. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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    This will be great for OP:

    Refurbished iMac 17-inch 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SuperDrive
    1GB (2x512MB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
    160GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
    Built-in iSight Camera and Apple Remote
    price: $1,049.00
     
  7. Corrosive vinyl thread starter macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

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    Thanks you guys... I totally forgot about the refurbished part of the store.... and that westinghouse monitor is a good cantidate. How easy is it to upgrade a mini? If I can upgrade it then I might do that instead. I shall save up my moneys, get a good job and watch out for the deals at the :apple: store!
     
  8. BilltheCat macrumors regular

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    or decide what you really want and save for it. Nothing taste so bad as settling for something and discovering you really didnt want it and wanted the bigger one.
     
  9. 4God macrumors 68020

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    You don't have a job? :eek:
     
  10. Corrosive vinyl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well... I had a job for a month then they "laid me off" because they couldn't afford to keep everyone they hired, it was a start up company. The general manager even left because of that reason, also.
     

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