Got a Intel iMac!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by iModFrenzy, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Our actions define our legacy
    So I would post this somewhere else but ill be honest, I prefer this area of the forum. In the PPC forum, people don't come and go, no one's rude, I could go on but I think you get the idea :p

    Anyway, my new iMac 17in 2006 C2D 1.83ghz came in the mail today. I got it for about $115, what do you guys think?

    Overall, the condition is great and with a little Goo Gone(sticker residue) the iMac looked like new.

    At first, I was a bit disappointed that it had a GMA 950 but for a 64mb card, it runs Youtube in HD flawlessly. Makes me wonder why PPC struggles.

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  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    What do I think?

    I think you {rude comment}…

    Oh, right we're in the PowerPC forums. :)

    JK with you! :D

    Congratulations! For $115 that's an awesome deal I think. Have fun with it!
  3. LightBulbFun macrumors 68000


    Nov 17, 2013
    London UK
    this is exactly why we need a vintage intel mac section here... like If i walked into the macbook pro section with an issue with my 2007 macbook pro id prolly be told oh why do you have that hunk-o-junk get a 2014 retina... LOL. my frist mac was an intel imac the very first ones iMac 4,1 i upgraded it a fair bit sadly the GPU died on it :(
  4. vlark macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Be careful with this old intel -- the late 2006 C2D iMac models have a known GPU problem due to the ATI Radeon x1600 on-board GPU:

    EDIT: Whopps, nevermind -- I didnt' see that you had the GMA950 model instead.
  5. GraniteTheWolf macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2013
    I got one of these for $70 shipped with no OS on it. Used it for a 3rd monitor/light duty computer and loved it. I ended up wanting more power and sold it for $150 to add a little $ to and buy the 2009 iMac I have now.

    The GMA950 one is the right one to get. While graphically it sucks for power, its the most reliable.

    The upgrade bug is getting to me again as I want the mid 2010 imac with the i3 and AMD 4670 (or whatever gpu) since my iMac has become my primary light duty computer to keep my mac pro off for day to day stuff.
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    Looks like you got the (T5600) which supports lion,and if I'm not mistaken lion is still supported by apple,unlike snow leopard....I used to have one of these and it was rock solid....I even ran sl off a portable ssd using only usb,and it was pretty darn quick.
  7. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    GMA950 version was education only IIRC. It'll use between 64Mb and 80MB of system memory for frame buffer. All the retail iMacs had the ATI X1600.

    Good machines. :D
  8. iModFrenzy thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Our actions define our legacy
    Haha lol
    I will!


    Already has ML installed but I am going to install Mavericks with a guide I found.
  9. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    The GMA 950 was a poor GPU in terms of higher usage but for the average user looking to simply use it for videos, office tasks, etc. they handle just fine even in 2015. I noticed that my GMA 950 MacBooks run better with YouTube now that it is using HTML5 fully.
  10. comda macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    My 2007 macbook has close specs.. E7500 4gb and 240SSd and i had ML on it through ML post factor but the wifi kext wasnt correct and couldnt figure it out.. im back on SL. Nice find.

    If anyone here can help me with that PLEASE Pm me.
  11. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    I had one of these - great machine, used it as my media hub for a while, never upgraded past Snow Leopard though as that would mean losing Frontrow.
  12. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    I have no issues with my GMA 950 powered T60 either. It's perfectly capable for routine use.
  13. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Lion is also now no longer supported by Apple. It's always the current OS and the previous 2 which receive updates. (at least so far.)
  14. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Resist that urge unless you are prepared to baby that machine and even then...

    I bought that model as a present for my sister, who mostly uses it for Facebook and some Flash assisted games like Farmville.
    With Apple's default fan settings the screen is displaying some major yellowing over a wide area thanks to the heat build-up's baking of the panel adhesive.

    There is no fix for that although Apple did its usual thing of replacing the panel for a while rather than address the underlying cause.
    My sister doesn't care. I would as it looks awful to me and, I suspect, to most people as well.
  15. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Until recently. The last couple security updates only go down to Mountain Lion, and same with the Safari updates. Looks like support was dropped with the release of Yosemite.
  16. GraniteTheWolf macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2013
    I use Macs Fan Control on all my intel macs so I can set my own personal fan curve. I also take apart my used macs and give them a dust cleaning inside and a like-new cleaning on the outside. I also only buy them in excellent condition because im OCD with my stuff too when it comes to condition.

    Im sure most of the defective ones have died by now. I still plan to upgrade anyway as I want to be able to do some light gaming with it. (Not that the nvidia 9400m does that in this... just a bit better then that I want) You can also upgrade the i3 to an i7 cpu since that model imac has a socketed cpu.
  17. 128keaton macrumors 68020


    Jan 13, 2013
    One of the mods said it would happen, but it never did. I never want to post my issues, even on my 2011 MacBook Pro. We run older hardware for certain reasons, either money or as a hobby. By the way, WorstBuy is offering a late 2014 256GB rMBP for $1200, as much as I payed for my base model Late 2011 new. Man, I wish I had the cash :D
  18. ptdebate macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2014
    Dallas, Texas
    Maybe we should split off and start our own forum. :D
  19. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    That was my first Mac. I paid somewhere around a grand for it (with Apple Care) at the Apple store. It is now my sisters main computer.
  20. headsh0t95 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2013
    I find it kinda funny that you post a picture of a GMA950 iMac running Steam. Good luck playing DIRT 3 on that :)

    On topic:
    Nice buy. Wish that Intel macs were that kind of cheap in my country... (Netherlands). Even G4 iMacs go for nearly that price

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