Help! Refurb Alu iMac 2.4 or Refurb White iMac 2.16?!?!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by eswank, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. eswank macrumors 6502

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    I need help choosing a new iMac. I was thinking go mac pro but due to a tight budget I have to stick to an iMac at the moment. I currently own a iMac G5 but I want to move onto a faster processor.

    On Apple's Refurb store they have both 24" iMacs, Alu 2.4 and the White 2.16. For those who have had experience with one or both of the these iMac's can you answer these questions for me?

    -Is their a big difference in the speed of the processors?
    -Alu iMac max memory is 4GB. White iMac is 3GB. Is that 1GB really a big difference?
    -Does the Alu iMac still have issues with condensation within the glass?
    -***Any inputs you all may have please let me know***

    The price difference is $150. So if you all would kindly give me advice I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
     
  2. netdog macrumors 603

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    I prefer the screen and lack of reflecto-glass on the white iMac. I also prefer the design. The AluMac is a little gaudy for my taste.
     
  3. Paix247 macrumors 6502

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    You already have a G5... so go with the newer style. It will feel better than spending money on something that looks almost identical.
     
  4. netdog macrumors 603

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    Why don't you wait? Your G5 should still be plenty peppy. Save your $$$ and get a Nehalem Mac Pro when they come out. Should be a pretty radical upgrade.
     
  5. errol macrumors 6502

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    I'd probably save the iMac and wait until quad core iMacs come out.

    That is of course, unless, you sell your G5 iMac for a great price and a C2D iMac (white or alu) is only an incremental cost.
     
  6. greg555 macrumors 6502a

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  7. barijazz macrumors 6502

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    What do you use the computer for? Because no one can make any recommendations without knowing what you are doing with the machine.
     
  8. eswank thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm basically going to use the iMac for my photography and a little bit of video editing. But primarily for my photos. I want a big screen and a decent processor to run Aperture and/or CS3.
     
  9. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

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    If you are mostly using it for photography then go with the White iMac. I have a 2.16 White iMac and do alot of photography too. My dad has the Aluminum iMac and the glossy screen makes it hard to do editing. Plus I hate the reflections in it. The glossy screen is not so bad in the laptops cause you can move them around till there is no glare, but with an iMac, it's stuck on your desk. I'd say go with the White iMac unless they come out with an Aluminum iMac with a matte screen.
     
  10. eswank thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Silverbird. You seem to have almost the exact same set up as I do. Except that I'm shooting the D80.thanks for the input. Now I have to see who will buy my G5 at decent price.
     
  11. curiosa863 macrumors member

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    I would go with the aluminum.
    I got an iBook g4 (still my only computer) 3 years ago, right before a revision.
    That aluminum case will pass for cool for a long time, the acrylic is going to be played out very soon, if not already.
     

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