How much does the new iMac cost?

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  1. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    How much would the new iMac cost if you were to build it? (That is if you could build one. Of course you can not) This is just pretty much an analysis of the cost of parts to build. Prices are at a consumer level.

    Intel T7700 2.40GHz - $538 (ZipZoomFly)
    Western Digital 320GB HDD - $90 (Newegg)
    Crucial 1GB DDR2 667 Memory - $50 (Newegg)
    Apple Aluminum Keyboard - $49 (Apple)
    Apple Mighty Mouse - $49 (Apple)
    Dell 24" monitor (I believe this is the same panel used in the new iMac) - $570 (Dell)
    OS X Tiger - $130 (Apple)
    Apple Remote - $30 (Apple)
    Apple iLife - $80 (Apple)
    ATI 2600PRO HD Mobile Video Card - $130 ???
    Apple Logic Board - $150 ???
    Speakers - $30 ???
    iMac Case - $150 ???
    Slot Loading DVD Burner - $80 ???
    New High Resolution iSight - $50 ???
    Mobile Power Supply - $50 ???
    Bluetooth Card - $40 ???
    Wireless n Card - $40 ???
    Misc Cords and Cables - $20???


    Total: $2326

    iMacs retail: 1799


    Student discounts:

    1799
    - 100
    _____
    1699

    + Free $100 Printer and Free $200 iPod




    I am a student... And I would say I got a pretty good deal ;)
     
  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    sounds like a challenge!! ;) no case price (alu) factored in? i suppose you could strip out a macbook pro and add a bigger display and 3.5" HD and stick it in a new case lol
     
  3. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I priced in a case. I estimated $150


    Point of this thread was not to actually try and build an iMac... But to see how much all these parts would cost us. :)
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    CPU looks a little pricey. I have seen it for around $320. Otherwise, that's about it.

    OST, I could have been thinking about the desktop part.
     
  5. erandall38 macrumors 6502

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    I think the pricing u did was pretty accurate. I only wish we could build our own macs.

    Btw the iMacs are a big time steal!
     
  6. craig1410 macrumors 65816

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    Interesting figures for sure! I certainly think that £1149 (GBP) is pretty good for the quality and spec of machine I've got (24",1G,320G).

    Very happy!
    :)
     
  7. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Subtract at least $200-$300 for the convenience of being able to add more hard drives, a new video card, etc etc to the custom built machine.

    That is being fair, because to a system builder that is worth more than a slim design.
     
  8. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Your looking at the desktop CPU.

    The merom T7700 is in the mid 500's

    I think the price from zipzoom fly is actually one of the best prices right now...
     
  9. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You can't just subtract 200-300 because you don't like the design.

    The purpose of this post was too see how much the hardware costs.
     
  10. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Those costs aren't accurate. Apple clearly gets those parts at a huge discount.

    And I didn't say the design is bad. I sad the design doesn't allow for the control that building a system does.
     
  11. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Dude, You are completely not understanding this thread.

    Right at the top it says "CONSUMER PRICES" not apple prices...

    The point is how much are these parts worth if we were to go out and buy them...

    I didn't think it was that hard of a concept to grasp.

    I don't care if a custom system is easier to add stuff. That is not the point of this thread. JEEZ! :rolleyes:
     
  12. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Comparing consumer prices to mass produced machine prices is not very fair. I understand the concept but it is terribly flawed and rather useless.

    I think consumer pricing should include the advantage of picking one over the other. Including the iMacs design and the custom built PC.
     
  13. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh GAWD....

    This is the last time I am going to say this...

    The point of this thread was to see how much it would cost to duplicate (If you could) an iMac buying everything yourself at consumer prices.

    This thread has nothing to do with other options or hard drive, video or memory upgradabilitiy.


    Obviously a person building a custom PC would not choose more expensive Mobile parts. BUT FOR GOD SAKE MAN WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT BUILDING A CUSTOM PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We are just looking how much money all the iMac parts are worth. ARRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!! :mad::mad::mad:
     
  14. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Don't worry wakerider017, I feel your pain.

    People are stupid and incapable of grasping even the most simple of concepts.

    As for the topic at hand, I think you are inflating the price of certain components such as the case (it certainly isn't worth $150), a few bucks should be shaved of the monitor's price since its only the panel, it shares the case and the power supply with the computer. Those speakers are not worth $30 neither is the slot loading dvd-burner and those logic boards couldn't possibly be $150 but no one could know the real price since they are custom made for Apple and sold in "major quantities" prices. I think your price might be a few hundred dollars over inflated.
     
  15. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting analysis. I was one of those people who used to think Apple computers were too expensive. Well, I have my macbook now, and, no longer do I feel that way.
     
  16. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ya some of that stuff might be inflated....


    But I figure the case is probably pretty close if it was offered to consumers... With the Glass and Aluminum design it is pretty darn nice... Check out some of those Lian Li cases at Newegg.

    Also you would be surprised about those dvd players! The regular tray slim dvd burners at newegg are going for like $65

    No idea about the logic board... You are right there is no way to tell for sure.

    No idea about speakers either... That was just a guess ;)
     
  17. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I tried this the last week with desktop parts and came within about $100 of the iMac price and that was with no OSX, just Vista. The end result was a noisy, bulky tower with lots of cables sticking out, parts that don't interact without lots of tweaking time and Windows...
     
  18. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    Er, well the figure you're going to end up with is always going to be about a third more than the cost of an iMac.

    You don't need to add up a list when markup in the computer industry is about a third.

    Or shout at people in threads for that matter...
     

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