Essentially, yes, If the screen goes bad in an all-in-one it is totalled. However, modern-day screens do not just "go bad" very easily. You should be able to fully expect the screen to last the life of the machine regardless of the amount of use. There are other components that would wear out sooner, and even if everything else was peachy, the machine would be grossly obselete by the time the lamp did burn out.bobert1985 said:Okay, I made the decision to buy myself a desktop machine, since when on campus I can just check out a laptop if and when I need it. I get more computer power choice this way. However, when discussing the issue with my mom, she advised me not to get an all-in-one machine, like the eMac or iMac, because if the monitor or some part goes bad, you can't replace it, and if you can, it would be way too expensive. She suggested I get a low-end PowerMac G5 instead (not the Mac Mini--I need the better video and faster other stuff). Is this thinking wrong? If the monitor or what else did go bad in an all-in-one machine, does it become a paper weight? Does repairing cost waaay too much?
And I totally agree. LCD manufacturing has become much more reliable in recent years and Apple is certainly no exception. The only reason I would recommend going with a PowerMac is if you A.) already have a nice LCD or B.) could truly benefit from the performance increase. Had I the money for a desktop right now, a 20" iMac G5 would be my choice.RJP31484 said:You should be able to fully expect the screen to last the life of the machine regardless of the amount of use.
bobert1985 said:Well, I tend to use my computers until I am forced for an upgrade. Before I got my generic Windows 98 Celeron 400mhz 328mb ram computer around 1999 (which I am using right now), I had an old 486 Packard Bell, which was well used at its time. So I might end up going farther than 4-5 years with my next machine.
Mom is helping pay, thankfully, but only for the laser printer and taxes. I pay for the rest and only have $2000 myself. In fact, I'll probably have to use my current 17in. CRT monitor for a little while, until I can afford a good ol' cheap LCD. This is if I go the PowerMac route. (Couldn't I get a super nice CRT for cheap that could take advantage of the video card? )
In addition to the basics (writing papers and stories, email, Internet, voice recording, building a website of sorts, downloading and listening to music, etc.), I would also do my extensive project of digitizing all the family photos and videos for preservation and eventual export to DVD.
I still like the PowerMac because I can upgrade the video card and just about most other things. However, I question that I would ever change anything besides the harddrive and ram, since I am not a gamer and don't change my video card monthly. Also, I would have to buy a microphone (voice recording is a must), better speakers, monitor, etc. Yeah, that iMac is starting to look better and better. Shame you can't keep extending that warranty forever!