Buy an iMac in the US

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bundesdrucker, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. bundesdrucker macrumors newbie

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    Hey Im new to this board and need some help. I am currently studying in California for 1 semester (originally from Germany) and want to buy the newest iMac here (currently own a late2009 MacBook). And I've got several questions about that.
    - I've read about the fan problems when trying to upgrade your HD. So I think I have to swallow the bitter pill and use Apples upgrade, if I want it. Question: Does the same go for RAM? Cause the Apple RAM is just WAY to expensive. And if its possible, can someone link me to cheap alternative RAM?
    - Im thinking about buying a protection plan as well. Since it is pretty useless for me in the US (since im just staying a half of the year) it might come in handy back in Germany. Question now: Are Apple Care Protection Plans international or are the services bound to the country you purchased the device and the plan in?
    Hope somebody can help me :)
     
  2. Jduncan0392 macrumors member

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    alright, first off, will you be using this for youtube, video editing, gaming, anything like that? unfortunately I don't know anything about applecare, I'm just a hardware guy.
     
  3. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Ram you can upgrade it yourself and yes applecare is international!
     
  4. Hamilton1963 macrumors regular

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    Welcome aboard! The memory you can get here http://www.crucial.com/?cpe=pd_msn_us&ef_id=wzROOTIlUkwAAE4u:20110803113357:s
    and you can install it yourself, all you need is a screw-driver. The AppleCare plan is international, and before you buy a new Mac, check the prices on the net, you may save big bucks if you do. A few places for you to check is macmall.com, bhphoto.com and micro center.com. Good luck!
     
  5. bundesdrucker thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the answers already :)
    I will be using it mostly for working purpose. My major is journalism but I do media design on my free time. So basically video/sound-editing and graphic design (Indesign,Illustrator,Photoshop) should be pretty decent :)
    I want to customize my Mac and I thought that with the students cut-offs I would make a pretty decent deal at apple.com. I stand corrected, will deffinatly check those places out! Thank you :)
     
  6. Trinite macrumors regular

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    Hm. Have you thought about how you're going to get it back to Europe? I ask because I live in Budapest (I'm from the States), and of course Apple stuff is much more expensive here. So I've considered buying an iMac in the US - but even the 21.5" is too big for carry on. There are a lot of threads here about the risks of checking a computer as baggage, and shipping it safely could be expensive....
     
  7. blunti macrumors 6502a

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    oh, budapest... what a lovely city...

    you could just outright import it. This way you only need to pay the Tax ( Áfa ), but no customs fees ( Vám ), since they don't collect that on computer-related goods.

    Still waaaay cheaper:)
     
  8. bundesdrucker thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it really that dangerous to hand in my iMac as baggage if I wrap it in bubble foil and protect it?
     
  9. fullojellybeans macrumors regular

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    Correction AppleCare is only international on portable machines because the power adapter is external. Internal power supplies on desktops aren't interchangeable with 110/220.
     
  10. Trinite macrumors regular

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    OP: I don't know, but we've all heard (and seen) how they treat baggage. Perhaps try checking around here for some of the other threads, to get people's sense of this. The impression I got is total horror at the thought. Although there do seem to be some (rather expensive) good travel cases out there.

    And I don't want to hijack the post, but Blunti, how does one "import" a computer from another country?
     
  11. Hamilton1963 macrumors regular

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    Why don't you carry with you, its your computer. My family always buy laptops here in the US and take it to Brazil in a laptop case. What you should not do is take the laptop in the box.

     
  12. malias4 macrumors 6502a

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    Because its kinda heavy mayb they dont let u take the box in the cabin..:confused:
     
  13. mapleleafer macrumors regular

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    iMacs come with a switchable (internal) power supply (from the Tech Specs: Line voltage: 100-240V AC). All you'll need is a new power cord. How that might affect AppleCare, I don't know. Give Apple a call and find out.

    I bought my iMac in Germany and am now in Canada. Just bought a power cord for 2 bucks (and a new keyboard).
     
  14. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I've also heard/read that apple care is only international on laptops. Do call and check with them.
     
  15. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Apple has optional adapter for a reason!
     
  16. bundesdrucker thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I won't have any problems with the iMac's power support? Do I just need to change the cable or do I have to screw it open or what? Oh and I looked at the places Hamilton1963 told me, sadly they cant beat apples education store prices :p
    But thank you guys so far you are very helpful :)
     
  17. zarathu macrumors regular

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    You can usually have one carry on. Buy an iLugger and carry it on yourself.
     
  18. blunti macrumors 6502a

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    If you still have any friends/relatives in the US, they could ship it to you.

    just make sure the iMac operates on 110-240 because 220 is what you need in BP.
     
  19. Trinite macrumors regular

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    Great - thanks! :)
     

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