I need a mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LyleM, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. LyleM macrumors newbie

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    I'm currently a windows user and think about buying a mac. I was looking at the 24" iMac. I have a few simple questions.

    Is there any down sides to the imac?

    When leopard comes out will i just be able to upgrade to it from tiger with software update?

    Is it limited to one harddrive?
     
  2. korndog2003 macrumors regular

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    Downside to iMac is really no expandibility. You will have to buy leopard for $129 seperatly. It is limited to one internal hdd, but you can buy externals
     
  3. LyleM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    will the imac handle the new leopard, should i get 2GB of ram?
     
  4. Educ8r macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 24" with a few external HDs attached, I have 3 gigs of Ram and I have no problems when I run parallels with Vista Ultimate.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    Drawbacks to the iMac:
    1 - Fixed Height
    2 - Limited Expandability (basically Memory, maybe processor, HD, and optical drive.)
    3 - No official support of extending the desktop to a second screen.

    To upgrade the OS you must purchase the new version of the OS. Software Update is only for the versions after the second decimal point. Although Leopard is 10.5 think of it as an entirely new version (i.e. Windows XP vs Vista.)

    Any new Mac should easily support Leopard as is. However, more memory is always a good idea for the best experience.

    You may hook up to 127 devices to the FireWire bus and many more on the USB bus. These devices may include Hard Drives, Optical Drives, input devices, speakers, or Printers.

    TEG
     
  6. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Not sure what you mean by that, iMacs support extending the desktop to a second screen just fine.
     
  7. teflon macrumors 6502a

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    It's kinda outdated. If you can wait, then wait for the updates before buying.
     
  8. Schroedinger macrumors regular

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    One major problem is that after you get your first mac you'll find that Steve's Reality Distortion Field gets more powerful and you'll buy anything he talks about on stage ever. I swear to god, that man must work for the credit card companies.
     
  9. TEG macrumors 604

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    I was under the impression that iMacs only supported mirroring the desktop, not extending the desktop.

    TEG
     
  10. mward333 macrumors 6502a

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    Funniest post I've read in a long time!
     
  11. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    The iMac is a great computer, you can use bootcamp with it and play all the games you want, you can do video editing and you can use OS X. The only thing i dont like about the iMac is its limited usb and firewire inputs, if your like me and have tons of things to connect you might want to invest into a hub.
     
  12. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    No, they support both mirroring and extending the desktop
     
  13. zioxide macrumors 603

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    whats the point of having a 5.1 speaker system if it's set up like a 2.1 system?

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  14. Educ8r macrumors 6502a

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    LOL is that really any of your business, I mean really...:confused:
     
  15. majapapaya macrumors member

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    NO
     
  16. After G macrumors 68000

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    In order:

    - A downside would be being stuck with the display form factor without being able to change the internals as much as on a PC. You can upgrade processor, HD, memory, and likely slot-load drive but you won't be able to change the logic board/motherboard and most likely the video card. You couldn't change the display except to repair the screen.

    Not being able to change motherboard for a different one is true for all Macs, regardless of which one you pick.

    -When Leopard comes out, you will have to pay the $129. Much more worth it than say, moving from XP to Vista. Possibly less if you find one at discount.

    - You are limited to one internal hard drive. You can up the capacity of the internal to a pretty large size. You can get externals if you need more, and you can daisy-chain enough to keep you happy. Or you can buy external RAID, NAS, etc., and get more storage space that way.
     

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