20 v 24

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  1. caffeeneaddict macrumors regular

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    ok i'm SURE there are other threads about this but i need a new mac and i've decided to go desktop and i'm deciding between a"

    iMac 20"
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    250GB Serial ATA Drive
    SuperDrive 8X (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Apple Wireless Keyboard & wireless Mighty Mouse + Mac OS X (US English)
    ATI Radeon X1600/256MB VRAM
    1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512

    iMac 24"
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    250GB Serial ATA Drive
    SuperDrive 8X (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Apple Wireless Keyboard & wireless Mighty Mouse + Mac OS X (US English)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB SDRAM
    1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512


    the only difference is screen size and graphics card brand name (i think) the only thing i'm wondering is if the extra $500 worth it or should i just go with the 20inch?

    PS my main uses are: gaming, tv (eyetv), movies, music, internet, mail, im, etc.
     
  2. Ramsos macrumors regular

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    There is another couple of differences, the 24 has Firewire 800, a much Brighter HD Resolution Screen and 4 built in speakers instead of 2.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Don't forget to up the RAM - preferably to 2 Gb... fortunately prices are pretty durned good on RAM -
    in the USA check with the most popular vendors recommended on MR Crucial (link at the top), OWC (Macsales) and Data Memory Systems www.datamem.com
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I would imagine that you would enjoy the 24" display alot more if you are watching a lot of TV and movies.
     
  5. elec999 macrumors regular

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    The 4 inches more will make a big difference. If you willing to spend $500 more go for the 24 inches. I would also get 2 gig of ram.
    Thanks
     
  6. bleufire macrumors member

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    I looked it up and saw that one can up the RAM to 2g at CRUCIAL but how do you go to 3g RAM without doing it at the customization screen apple gives you? wouldn't one of the sticks have to be a 2g?
     
  7. Ramsos macrumors regular

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    You have t buy one 2 gig chip and a 1 gig chip. I'm very happy not that I upgraded to 2 gigs on mine.
     
  8. Angrist macrumors 6502

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    I'd get the 20", a RAM upgrade, and an additional 20" Dell monitor.

    That should run you about the same cost as the 24" you mentioned.
    A RAM upgrade is a must with either package, but this way you get even more screen real-estate.
     
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Wouldn't TV look worse on a larger screen because it is streched out more? Unless it is in HD. I would go for the 20" (I did) and get a RAM upgrade. Unless you push the screen wayy back the 24 it a little too large.
     
  10. solvs macrumors 603

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    Can you wait a month, because there may be a Santa Rosa version coming sometime around WWDC.
     
  11. zerolight macrumors 6502

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    Very happy with my 24 here. Certainly not too big by any stretch of the imagination... you can just fit more windows on the screen at a time and that extra real-estate in one box is definitely a great thing.
     
  12. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    My 24" iMac doubles as a HD TV. 1080i looks GREAT on it!

    I LOVE it.
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    As long as the scaling software does a good job, it should look great. Both the 20 and 24 are widescreen.
     
  14. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    24" too big. No way!

    I want 30" now.
     

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