Hi everyone I'm new and have 1 small question!

joelovesapple

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Hey there,

I was just wondering if anyone knows what architecture the imac 20" is based on. Is it x86 like most other pc's?

Thanks!:)
 

nagromme

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Yes it is--all Macs are now x86-based.

But they use Intel's newest chips, Core and Core 2, which are far more efficient than Pentium 4 chips were.

This means you can install Windows on a Mac and have both Mac OS X AND your old Windows apps. There are even ways to do it where both OS's are running at the same time.
 

Warbrain

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joelovesapple said:
Hey there,

I was just wondering if anyone knows what architecture the imac 20" is based on. Is it x86 like most other pc's?

Thanks!:)
Uh, yes, it is based on x86, at least to put it in simple terms.
 

balamw

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Warbrain said:
Uh, yes, it is based on x86, at least to put it in simple terms.
Unless the OP is looking at an older/used 20" iMac which could still be a G5. Even the presence of an iSight isn't enough to differentiate the two without close inspection.

B
 

joelovesapple

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Wow, quick replies! Thanks everyone, I feel a bit of a dimwit for not knowing!:rolleyes: ;) Check out my new member post in the new member thread, cos i just joined :p Thanks
 

MacProGuy

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joelovesapple said:
Wow, quick replies! Thanks everyone, I feel a bit of a dimwit for not knowing!:rolleyes: ;) Check out my new member post in the new member thread, cos i just joined :p Thanks

Welcome... no question is too dumb. Just PM some of us directly if you are worried about it ;)
 

nagromme

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To follow up on your other message:
joelovesapple said:
I shall be getting the 20" imac and adding some good speakers to it, possibly a TV transmitter thing and another monitor (dell). My budget doesn't allow for the 24" with customizations unfortunately. I hope to add 3 Gigs of RAM and the 256 megs video graphics card and the 500gig hard dive. I can't wait one bit! :p
I'll use $US because that's what my store shows, but it should be similar for you:

* Going from 20"/256 VRAM to 24" default config costs $425.

* Going from 20"/256 VRAM to 24" with the faster 7600 graphics costs $550.

Your plan is to get 3GB, which costs $575 more than getting 2 GB. But 3 GB probably won't do much more for you than 2 GB, and that last GB is expensive!

So depending on what you want to DO with a Mac, I suggest skipping the 3GB and instead get the 24" with a much nicer GPU. You will save $25 in the process :) You can still have 2GB, and the 500 HD.

PS, what size Dell display? Dual 24" widescreen would be pretty cool :)
 

joelovesapple

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I'm sure the dual 24" would be nice, but all I'm after is a 17" secondary monitor :) And thanks for the tip! I shall consider it immediately!
But if i have a budget of 2 - 2500£ would it allow for this other monitor i want?
 

nagromme

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I don't know what monitor you can afford, I just know that 3GB costs more than 24" + a much faster GPU :)

And with the 24" you may not NEED another display. Macs have Exposé and generally make very good use of the available screen space without making you feel "crowded." I'd suggest waiting, and getting the second display later on, AFTER you are sure you need it.
 

joelovesapple

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You are TOTALLY right! Thanks so much!!!!!:eek: I'm gonna do that instead! :D Then I can have a HUGE screen, FANTASTIC speakers PLUS a good internet connection and most upgrades maxed out!