24" iMac Here I Come!?!

wakerider017

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I think I am going to buy a 24" iMac this weekend!

They are just so darned BEAUTIFUL!

I will be buying it at AMAZON.com


So it is 1999.99 + $0 Tax + $0 Shipping - $150 Mail in Rebate

=$1849.99


I think that is a pretty Good Deal! What do you guys think?

It is a good time to buy don't you think (With the new Core 2 duo and the new size just released!)


I am SO excited!

BTW: Does anyone know if there is any Amazon coupon codes I can use with this?
 

nagromme

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Amazon has great deals on all kinds of Mac stuff. Unfortunately, I need BTO options so I will pay full price :(

I do think it's a good time to buy. (On the one hand the 24" is an unproven model; on the other, its components and design are probably based heavily on the other, time-tested sizes. Regardless, a new CPU and screen is out now!)
 

wakerider017

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Just a few questions:

Can I boot to a removable drive (Firewire 400 or 800) I would like to run windows on it...


What TV capture devices do you reccomend?
 

ITASOR

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I got my MacBook from Amazon with a $100 rebate. Fast shipping, but I haven't gotten the rebate yet (1 month so far and counting).
 

MacSA

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Amazon UK are very poor when it comes to Apple Computer hardware but ok with iPods, and how come you get all these rebates?
 

yoak

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Go ahead and do it, I just did a few days ago. (Not Amazon though, I live in Norway).
Can´t wait to see that screen, as I haven´t seen it yet.
 

OllyW

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yoak said:
Can´t wait to see that screen, as I haven´t seen it yet.
The screen is stunning, I visited the Bullring store yesterday to take a look at one and it's great. I had set my mind on a 20" but it looks like saving up for the 24" now.
 

wakerider017

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Yah, I have seen the 24" iMac in person! You really get lost in that screen.


I am going to wait until the 1st to buy... just so happens Discover Card is giving back 5% (upto $50) on Amazon.com purchases starting the first!


So it will be $1799 after rebates... Free shipping and No Tax! WooHoo!

There is no way I can pass up this deal!
 

wakerider017

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Yah, I have seen the 24" iMac in person! You really get lost in that screen.


I am going to wait until the 1st to buy... just so happens Discover Card is giving back 5% (upto $50) on Amazon.com purchases starting the first!


So it will be $1799 after rebates... Free shipping and No Tax! WooHoo!

There is no way I can pass up this deal!
 

nagromme

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wakerider017 said:
Just a few questions:

Can I boot to a removable drive (Firewire 400 or 800) I would like to run windows on it...


What TV capture devices do you reccomend?
Mac OS X can boot from Firewire, but I seem to recall that Windows cannot. I could be wrong. Your best bet is just to use Boot Camp to divide the internal drive for BOTH Mac and Windows. Use the Firewire drive (if any) for extra storage and backup copies.

For TV I am looking at EyeTV Hybrid: it handles free over-the-air analog AND digital TV in one small unit, plus lag-free video input from VCRs, game consoles, etc.

http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetvhybridna
(That's the US version.)
 

yoak

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wakerider017 said:
Just a few questions:

Can I boot to a removable drive (Firewire 400 or 800) I would like to run windows on it...


What TV capture devices do you reccomend?
I also bought the eyetv hybrid. It does analoge, digital and have a no-lag mode for hooking up a gameconsole. My only problem is that ai only run 10.3 on my ibook, and it requieres 10.4. So gotta wait for my iMac for that as well.
 

thugpoet22

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so, what that extra screen space, i wonder if gives the users more options on what they can put into their imac's, is there room for two hard drives, or can you maybe add another video card or a sound card if needed, or does it maybe come with stronger speakers or better fans. Im sure its has mor than just 4in of screen space.
 

MacProGuy

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My solution was to format the internal drive as WINDOWS XP only, and then boot off the Firewire 800 port for external OS X install...

Of course, I'm now running a PC case under the desk with 6 drives and 2 DVD Burners... but thats neither here nor there.

Firewire 800 is MUCH faster than any single drive you could hook up to it... so no need to worry if you are losing OS X speed by booting OS X externally :)
 

skunk

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thugpoet22 said:
so, what that extra screen space, i wonder if gives the users more options on what they can put into their imac's, is there room for two hard drives, or can you maybe add another video card or a sound card if needed, or does it maybe come with stronger speakers or better fans. Im sure its has mor than just 4in of screen space.
It comes with an amplifier with twice the output, and better speakers to match. No additional HD space, but the video card is upgradeable (only as a BTO option as far as I'm aware). That's it.
 

wakerider017

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skunk said:
It comes with an amplifier with twice the output, and better speakers to match. No additional HD space, but the video card is upgradeable (only as a BTO option as far as I'm aware). That's it.
So is an actual "external video card"?

Will we be able to upgrade to cards in the future? Say a 7800GT... Or when the 8 series comes out?


This sounds pretty neat!
 

skunk

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wakerider017 said:
So let me get this straight...

The 17 = integreated

The 20 = non-integrated

The 24 = Unconfirmed


Correct?
17" GMA950, as in MacBook.
20" separate GPU, upgradeable as BTO
24" separate GPU, upgradeable as BTO

What we don't know is whether it's a straightforward socketed card.
 

nagromme

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Actually, isn't it like this? ....

17" GMA 950 integrated
17" X1600 integrated
20" X1600 integrated but with socket for more VRAM
24" 7300 /7600 in removable slot BUT it doesn't matter unless someone sells an upgrade card of the right shape, and with the right drivers
 

nagromme

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Oh, and I just bought one :)

Fully loaded... even the 2.33 CPU, since it seems unlikely that there will be anything economical to swap in later, AND apparently the CPU is soldered anyway. I maxed everything except the RAM: only 2 GB.

I also added Doom 3, to improve my productivity.

This will be my second desktop Mac ever, and my fourth Mac total. Arrival week after next.