Give me good reasons for not buying the 20" iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MaTiCeK, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. MaTiCeK macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I am thinking of buying the 20" imac (base model) and adding 4gb of ram to it. I don't really need a better graphics card, as I own a PS3 and a Wii both having better games than mac or windows.
    I mainly use my computer for listening to music, browsing the internet and doing some kind of school work.

    The LCD I have right now is 3 years old and a TN pannel, so the screen quality should not really bother me as I am satisfied with my current screen.

    Oh and before someone suggests me to go for the 24" model, I neither have enough money (it 1600 euros over here in the EU) nor space.

    So why do you think should I buy the more powerfull 20" iMac?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    The base model with extra RAM seems perfect for you, I don't think it would be worth getting the faster model.

    Maybe the 2.66 will be more future-proof, but it looks like in 3 years we may have multi-touch, so in 5 years you'll be happy you're in need of a new computer if you get the 2.4Ghz model :)
  3. furious macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2006
  4. davidg14 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I have the 20" base model iMac with 4 GB of RAM. With the kind of usage your describe, it will be perfect.

    I use mine for not only internet and e-mail, but also Hi-Definition video editing. Works like a charm.

    As far as screen quality, not bad and definitely not as bad as some say around here.
  6. MaTiCeK thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Well, I like iMac's design better and it has a dedicated graphics card.
  7. mr.light macrumors 6502

    For the use you described, your choice seems to be a very good one. A mini and monitor would be cheaper but the graphics card and looks of the iMac trump that, to my thinking anyway.
  8. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    the imac is one of the greatest computer you can buy, so you should buy it
  9. Foxile macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    As most people have already said, there is no reason NOT to buy one.

    Thanks to the fantastic OS, you'll find it'll do a lot more than you're thinking of, should you need to, too :D
  10. sfroom macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    Here's a potential reason:

    20" Aluminum iMac, $1,199.00
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    250GB hard drive1
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB memory

    24" White iMac, refurbished, $1,199.00
    2.16GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT with 128MB GDDR3 memory

    For the same money you can a MUCH, MUCH, MUCH higher quality screen, get +30% screen area, +30% more resolution, an arguably better video card, and only sacrifice 10% on processor speed. Going with the white iMac, you'll probably save $10-$12 on the aftermarket ram too.
  11. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    You also get a much, much, much better looking computer too.
  12. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    He clearly stated that he does not have enough space for a 24" iMac.

    As to getting the iMac, I say why not. I have the previous gen aluminum iMac 20" 2.4ghz, and I have no problem with it, they are great computers.
  13. sfroom macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    Whoops, didn't catch the "nor space" hiding after the parentheses, my apologies.

    With that in mind, I would change my recommendation to the following:

    20" Aluminum iMac, refurbished, $1,099.00
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

    More hard drive space and a much better video card, for $100 less. You'll also save the aforementioned $10-$12 on aftermarket ram.

    Of course, this recommendation is really dependent on whether apple sells refurbished products in your region, and whether the refurbished discounts are proportional.
  14. xxjuicymintxx macrumors regular

    May 2, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    The 20" incher eh?
    Max her out with the RAM, go refurb if possible.
    Sweet little machine, it'll do it's job.
  15. pb125 macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2007
    For your needs I would say the base model with maxed ram would be a great computer for you. It is for me :D
  16. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    One reason is it is a 20" display. With Mac OS X using floating windows, I find the more screen real estate I have the better. My MacBook (now MacBook Pro) is connected to my old Dell 20" widescreen and I find it constrained compared to the 24" unit on my iMac.
  17. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Wait are you saying 24" is bigger than 20". I'm not buying it.:rolleyes:

    I've got a 20" imac and it's been great. No reasons NOT to buy it. As others have mentioned the screen quality is great and not nearly as bad as people want to try to make it sound.
  18. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008
    I was thinking of buying the entry-level Mini when I decided to switch but then picked an iMac and here's why:

    The entry Mini is only £400 BUT...

    It doesn't come with a DVD-Burner. You need the £500 one for that.

    Then my monitor decided to die so I had to factor in around £150 for a good 20" monitor.

    Then I went to the Apple Store and liked the mouse and keyboard so that's a £64 upgrade.

    THEN I wanted to do a RAM upgrade and didn't fancy the idea of prying open my first Mac with a knife to upgrade- plus you can only add 1GB.

    Whereas the entry-level iMac has a DVD-burner, comes with the keyboard and mouse, can be easily upgraded to 4GB in 5 minutes (which I've done), has the display built in, looks great has better graphics than the Mini...

    I have the pre-update 20", 2.0GHz iMac and it's a great machine. I use it for Internet, Email, rendering scenes in Vue, basic photo editing in Seashore, capturing, converting and editing movies using Handbrake, iMovie, VisualHub and MacTheRipper, listening to iTunes- you name it. It multi-tasks better than any PC I had, is whisper quiet, looks great, is rock-solid reliable and you won't regret it. It's the best computer I've ever owned by a long-chalk.

    The Mac Mini's a good machine- there's a thread here worth reading:

    I'm considering a Mini as a new HTPC but for an out-and-out desktop, the iMac's worth the money. £800 might seem a lot of money for a desktop when you spec it out on paper- but what most people don't factor in is the build quality, silence, design, efficiency, software and OS included with an iMac. In my opinion the whole package is great value for money.

    Hope this helps :)
  19. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Well it is. No arguing with geometry, mate. :)

    But in Windows, I just maximize everything and switch via the task bar.

    In OS X, I keep all the windows up and position them around to get to them. So the larger the screen, the more windows I can position and I find it easier to do on the 24" that is part of my iMac then on the 20" connected to my MacBook Pro.

    YMMV, but the OP did ask for some reasons and I provided one. You might not think it a "good" one, but I happen to. ;)
  20. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    I know, I know. It just caught me off guard that you gave that as the negative.:)

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