I am buying a 24" iMac is Extreme worth it?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by je1ani, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. je1ani macrumors 6502

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    ok I will be buying an iMac immediately as Leopard comes out but the problem is I don't know whether to spend the extra $250 on the C2 Extreme or just the C2D? I will be doing alot of HD Video editing... Is it noticablt different? I can use any help! Thanks guys! and great job with the site
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    I'd go for the extreme personally, you're going to need all the CPU/RAM you can get when it comes to video editing...
     
  3. Tracer macrumors 6502

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    It'll help resale value too, so it's probably a smart choice.

    Tracer
     
  4. svalentine macrumors regular

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    I went with the 2.8GHz / 2GB RAM / 750GB HD. It should ship next week and I can't wait!:D
     
  5. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    I would spend the extra $$$ on a decent FW800 external HD for backup. But if you already have one of those (or more; I have three!) then by all means get the 2.8GHz and sleep well knowing you have the best.
     
  6. gormond macrumors regular

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    Firstly why 2GB ? isn't it cheaper to get 1GB and 1GB after market memory?

    And weren't you tempted to get the 1TB drive for the extra cache :D
     
  7. gormond macrumors regular

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    Well atleast until intel bring out the mobile quad cores at the end of the year :D
     
  8. HLdan macrumors 603

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    How is the OP getting the Core2 Extreme for only $250.00 more than the 2.4 model? I bought the 2.8 C2E but it was $500 difference between the 2.4. If you it's only a $250 difference it's a no brainer if you want to do HD. Either one will do HD flawlessly but to further future proof your computer get the fastest one.
     
  9. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    Buy what you can afford ...

    I only buy what I can afford, in this case the 2.8 with the 1Tb hard drive; all else is as it comes. I am waiting on more memory until the new OS comes out. So only buy what you can afford. :cool:
     
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You can choose to upgrade the processor for $250 on the normal 24" version on the online store.
     
  11. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    By my math, TheExtreme™ costs 28% more -- for 17% more CPU cycles and ZERO increase in main memory speed. So, unless you have some weird application that's heavily compute-bound (and can run almost entirely in L2 cache, with minimal main memory activity), you're not going to see anything close to a 17% net speed increase. I'll betcha a nickel that most apps won't see a performance improvement even half that big.

    Yeah, I realize that the Extreme includes 2 GB of RAM, but if you're serious about performance, 2 x 1GB is totally worthless. You'll have to yank them both out to upgrade to 2 x 2GB. And if 2 x 1GB is enough, the Extreme's extra 1 GB has a fair market value of about $40. Big whoop!

    Also, IMO, buying any custom (BTO) configuration from Apple is pure insanity. In exchange for paying outrageous prices ($700 for 2 GB extra!!!), Mother Apple takes away your return/replace/refund privileges. ...duh!

    Yep, the Extreme also has a slightly larger HD, but it's not big enough for serious video work -- so you're still gonna need an external HD or two. But that's OK; it's not such a great idea to put all your bytes on one spindle anyway -- especially when that one spindle is locked up in a stylish glass/aluminum cage.

    OTOH, if you're into "Pride Of Ownership," $500 will buy you formidable bragging rights -- but only until the next model comes out.

    ...a fool and her money are soon courted,

    LK
     
  12. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Gosh, you certainly took that really far. Did you read the OP's posting? He's only upgrading the CPU, he's not buying the whole extreme package. The upgrade will only cost him $250.00.
    You sounded more like you were mad at Apple about something rather than making a point, take a chill pill :D
     
  13. mward333 macrumors 6502a

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    We have the 2.8 GHz new iMac (24 inch) at home, with 4 GB of RAM, and we love it. My wife thought it might be unnecessary, but now she loves it too.

    I would go for it, if you can afford it without hurting your wallet too much.

    Hint: I bought my RAM at Ramjet..... much cheaper than Apple. Other folks like Crucial, Newegg, etc. Apple's own RAM just costs a lot of money (big markup).
     
  14. angrygolfer macrumors 6502

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    I agree. I have one also and it's SWEET!
     
  15. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Well said from Apple's biggest customer. Check out his sig. :)
     
  16. angrygolfer macrumors 6502

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    THANK YOU HLdan! I couldn't figure out a nice way to respond to that so i didn't.:D
     
  17. ctsport1234 macrumors regular

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    go for it! my philosophy is buying a higher model is always better than buying a lower model and regretting about it latter. :eek:
     
  18. likwidplastik macrumors member

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    Exactly. I bought the 24" 2.4GHz model, then a week later I brought it back and got the 24" 2.8GHz model...luckilly, I didn't have to pay a restocking fee.

    I just threw in 4GB of OWC ram, and I couldn't be happier.
     
  19. gormond macrumors regular

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    24" 2.4Ghz iMac - $1799.00
    24" 2.8Ghz iMac - $2049.00

    So for the 2.8Ghz model it will cost you an extra 14% for 17% more CPU Cycles, That seems good value to me :rolleyes:
     
  20. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Score one for gormond! Quite right, sir -- I'd forgotten about the $250 / 2.8 GHz option on the basic 24-incher. I must admit that's a much more attractive alternative.

    OTOH, I'm very happy that I avoided any BTO entanglements. I've already returned one iMac with an unsatisfactoty display -- and am about to do it again.

    LK
     
  21. Perfectionist macrumors regular

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    I can't believe that you can't return a BTO iMac if it's faulty !! :eek: Surely that's against the law ?? :mad:
     
  22. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    nonesense

    Of course you can return it if it is faulty, BTO has nothing to do with it.
     
  23. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    If it's DOA, and if you report it to AppleCare within the first 30 days, you have the right to demand a brand new replacement unit. After 30 days, the normal warranty provisions kick-in -- and the choice to repair or replace is entirely at Apple's discretion. Of course, the 30-day DOA replacement provision applies ONLY if Apple agrees that the product is "defective." In the case of Al iMac display quality issues, Mother Apple has remained mute on the definition of "defective."

    Apple's written policies regarding "defective" merchandise appear to be the same for both BTO and non-BTO products.

    http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/salespolicies.html


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    -- Sam Goldwyn
     
  24. mward333 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm definitely NOT Apple's biggest customer..... there are many other folks (a few write to Macrumors) who have larger MacPros than I do.

    My university owns my machine; I'm a professor. My department was hesitant to invest in buying an Xserve for the department (we have plenty of computing grids around.... nothing lacking there), so I went with a huge MacPro for my computing needs.
     
  25. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Cool, even better! While we all use Macs in our personal life how many of us get to use them in our professional life? It's cool that you get to use Macs (especially the Mac Pro) in your professional life. I'm an insurance agent so since I have my own office I chose to use Macs for my business but for the rest of us it's MS Windows forced upon us. :eek:
     

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