Help with new purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Foozle, May 8, 2008.

  1. Foozle macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    My first post to this forum and have not owned a mac before, although my first computer back in the day was an Apple 2. I've been dos/windows since then but am now interested in trying the Mac.

    I'm interested in converting a bunch of old videos into DVDs and am pretty heavy into gaming. Cost isn't a big concern, but don't want to spend more than $3000. I'm planning on the following and would like any suggetions/comments:

    IMac 24 inch, 3.06 ghz intel duo core
    wired keyboard/wireless mouse
    4gb memory
    1 terabyte hard drive
    Nvidia GEforce 8800
    Applecare protection plan
    free printer (after rebate)

    Total is right at $3,000. Anything I should consider before pulling the trigger?

    Thanks in advance,

    Foozle
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Welcome to MacRumors. Don't buy the RAM from Apple.
     
  3. Foozle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is this because of cost or quality?
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Cost, of course, the quality's as good as gold. Buy from OWC.
     
  5. Foozle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input. How about the hard drive upgrade? When I spoke with the tech person at apple they said the hard drive in the Imac isn't really user swappable, so I'd void the warranty if I tried that.

    The memory is user swappable, and the cost difference is around $130, so worth considering I suppose.
     
  6. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    I suggest budgeting for an external hard drive for Time Machine (or other backup system).

    You'll also need a copy of Windows XP to install into BootCamp for your games.

    How heavy into gaming are you? In you're "hard core", you play daily, etc., you should rethink getting a Mac. For gaming specifically, I think your $3000 would buy a much faster PC. And you'll have to reboot into and out of Windows when you play games. I do this; it's not a huge thing. But if I was a chronic gamer, it might be overly annoying in the long run.
     
  7. Foozle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Most of my gaming is on mainstream games that have Mac versions (world of warcraft, etc.), so the rebooting shouldn't be an issue. I looked at similarly specced Dells and they are pretty equivalent in price. Also, I'm pretty set on trying out a Mac since I've used PCs so long I want to see what the other side has to offer. Also, XP crashes a lot and Vista scares me.

    Thanks!
     
  8. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    I thought you might play games like Bioshock, for which there is no Mac version. I just played through the Half Life 2 Orange Box via BootCamp (again, no Mac version) -- it works fine, but it's a bother.

    As for PC specs -- for $3000, you can definitely buy a better gaming PC than the equivalent iMac. In particular you can get a much better video card. I'm a modest gamer (I'm replaying Diablo II, I'm so out of date :)) and my MacBook Pro runs Half Life 2 perfectly. For a "hardcore" gamer, I'm convinced a PC is better solution. But if your games have Mac version, all the better.

    As for Windows XP crashing -- there's something off with your system. Simply put, XP is as stable as OS X. I use it daily at work, running 10+ applications and it never crashes (and my coworkers would tell the same tale). I use it via Parallels and BootCamp on my Mac and it never crashes.

    I don't want to dissuade you. I "switched" last summer for home use, and it's great. No regrets. I play my games. I do my finances, email, etc. If you want a Mac, go for it! :)
     

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