What mac should i get?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by themasonlb1, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. themasonlb1 macrumors newbie

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    i want to be able to run slightly high powerful games and enough power for all the apps and the best for the buck. What should i go with and how much ram and harddrive space
     
  2. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    How about a budget? Running Windows? Any other uses? Do you want to be able to upgrade easily?
     
  3. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with the 20 inch iMac. Upgrade the RAM yourself later for the best bang for the buck.
     
  4. themasonlb1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i want to be able to run windows and surf without any lag. Im looking for under 12-1300 if i can. And i want pretty easy ram installation
    Also, can i hook in an external display?
    thanks
     
  5. skubish macrumors 68030

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    17" iMac

    Go with the 20" iMac if you can spring for the extra cash.
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I would have to agree with skubish- go for the 17" iMac (or the 20" iMac if you can save up a little extra cash). :)
     
  7. jessep28 macrumors 6502

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    I also agree that a 17" iMac would be fine for you.

    If you are a serious gamer, then I would definitely consider upgrading the graphics card and upgrading to 2GB Ram which will put you over your budget.

    If you are on a budget and want to hook up your display, then you may also want to check out a nicely upgraded Mac Mini. You will not get as fast or good of a processor (2.0 Core 2 Duo on iMac vs. 1.83 Core Duo on Mini) but it should suit your needs within your budget.

    On the Apple store page is a "Talk to Us" button to open up a chat window with a rep. You can call them too. THey are really helpful and don't push upgrades. I had three of them tell me I didn't need the faster processor or graphics card on an iMac.

    However, the lower power you have now, the sooner you will be throwing the thing away to get a new one.
     

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