I want an iMac, but do I really need one?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by sportdan31, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. sportdan31 macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2005
    Here's the quick run down. We have an iMac G5 PowerPc that is five plus years old. It still runs fairly well with regards to web browsing, mail, photos, etc. It's no longer compatible with the iTouch or my iPad 2 which at this time is frustrating. With the advent of Cloud, will this remain an issue?

    Neither my wife or I do any intensive editing or photoshop. My son and daughter use the computer for some flash games that run rather slow, and they're slowly getting in to more school age curriculum (second and fourth grade). Or at least I hope they are! Videos still run ok, but not great.

    I use the iPad for 95 percent of what I do. I'm not exactly sure what I would use the new iMac for, other than some word processing, excel, email, photos, and iTunes.

    I'm trying to convince myself we need a new computer. I'm tired of looking at the washed out 17" matte screen. Programs need to be "force quit" more often than in the past. All that said, this dang iMac is built like a horse!

    It seem like most of you guys have a specific use for the reason for upgrading. I'm searching for mine......but it feels like time.

    Anyone in the same boat or have an opinion either way?
  2. caughtintheweb macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    LOL. its so tempting to buy isn't it.

    5+ years is good enough time to upgrade your computer. I am sure most of people who buy new iMacs have lesser need that you do. Some people just buy for the sake of having an updated version.

    It finally comes down to if you can spend 1200+ or not. If you can it is worth it, if not then you have to use your old machine.

    If you are having issues like you need to force quit all the time then there might be some other things you can try. I would expect your computer to be slow for most of the programs, but it should not crash or hang often. You can try backing up your data and clean installing your operating system. Your disk might be fragmented or you might not have much disk space left. Can you upgrade your RAM ? You can try upgrading your hard drive too. Probably a 64 GB SSD might do wonders for you.
  3. DJJAZZYJET macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    My advice

    im still waiting to buy an imac, but if you buy the cheapest version 999 it will be a worthy upgrade, seen as you dont do any intense photoshopping or gaming, and the lowest imac is more than capable of running flash and other applications and even a little gaming. The performance will be huge, since every imac comes with a quad core i5 processor. What you have to remember is that the imac is even able to run bigger applications, but it just wont perform as fast as the bigger and better imacs can, it can still run them, and run them decently. You should be able to get a student discount on the imac aswell. You will get osx lion for free now (becuase every mac bought from the 6th of june gets lion free, u have to ring them up) so that saves you a 20 pounds upgrade, and the student discount varies at what level of education your kids are at. Test an imac in an apple store to see if you like it, it will save space as its an all in one machine. Need anything else just ask.
  4. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    I think you should really upgrade it. I was patiently awaiting for nehalem technology to hit the iMac when I had my G5 iMac, and when they finally introduced the nehalem quad cores in the iMac in late '09, it was finally time for me to upgrade.

    Now with sandybridge processors in the iMacs and discrete graphics across the lineup, it's a really good time to upgrade.
  5. sn0wman72 macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    How about one of the refurbished C2D iMac's? That would be quite a step up in performance from your current Mac.

    The 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo pop up at Apples refurbished store once in awhile for $889 -or- the 27-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo for $1,049. Personally I think the 27" is a great deal for most average users: plenty powerful enough for email, internet, light photo/video work (iPhoto or similar), and your basic Microsoft office programs. You get a great big screen and a computer thrown in :)
  6. Objector macrumors member

    May 16, 2011
    Technology evolves a lot in 5 years, so even if you buy the base iMac 21" you will notice an ENORMOUS increase in speed and reliability. If you can afford it, I would definitely go to an Apple store and check the new iMac's out.

    Since the tasks you will mainly run on the computer aren't that system-demanding, you will definitely be able to use the new iMac for many, many years. Your kids will also be thankful! ;)
  7. Focker macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2010
    This describes my situation perfectly. Except I had a 5 plus yr old Windows PC. Night & Day difference. The base 21.5" quad i5 w/ AMD6750 is more than enough for my families needs. We will actually have to grow into this machine. It's fast and so easy to use. I can't wait to upgrade to Lion.
  8. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    A first-generation 17" G5 iMac was our first Mac, and it died a few months ago (bad power supply capacitors -- a known issue with these systems). It wasn't missed but for sentimental value since it was so much slower than everything else.

    I'd suggest a refurbished 21.5" low-end iMac, like others have. Better than the G5 in every respect.
  9. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    With iOS devices soon to be going "PC Free" . . . it would seem that your 5% of the remaing computing could be easily accomplished by an Core 2 Duo (late 2006 or newer) iMac, Mac Mini or macbook.
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    iMac is just upgrarded. You can buy newest and greatest or refurb at a discount.
  11. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    Reading your comment about being tired of looking at a washed out 17" matte screen makes me think that it's time for you to upgrade. I have similar needs to your's, nothing major, but photography is a hobby, and I'm learning to use Lightroom 3. My old PC was still usable, and I really didn't need a new iMac, but I bought the base model 27" iMac Core i5 last Friday, and I'm really pleased: this iMac is delightful to use. If you can afford it and don't have something else competing strongly for those dollars, I think that you'll love either a 21.5" or 27" iMac just for the beautiful screen alone. Who knows, maybe with a more capable machine, you may find that your computing interests will expand?

    I'm sure that you'll find the new iMacs to be a joy to use.
  12. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2011
    Go ahead and purchase an iMac. Even the low ends are fairly neat. Honestly, your children are going to need to begin using the computer for school work really soon, so I personally think it will be a worthy upgrade. 5 Years in my opinion is the time where your computer is beginning to become out of date (especially if your a Mac User).
  13. sportdan31 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2005
    Thank you everyone for your suggestions and opinions. All very well stated and definitely has me thinking. I'm not necessarily in a hurry to make a quick decision, so I may very well wait until tax free weekend here in St. Louis even though I'm aware I can order online and avoid tax. This way I can set a target date and save up some more money.

    Thanks again!
  14. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011

    Where are you seeing the cheapest version for $999?
  15. FroMann macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2011
    North Carolina, USA.
  16. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011
    From the way the guy was talking, he was not talking refurbished.
  17. ThemacNub macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    From reading the rest of his post he later says 20 pounds, so i am going to assume he ment 999 pounds
  18. tsugaru macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2003
    What's your time worth? Are you using apps that will soon be Intel only?

    As per Geekbench, a Power Mac G5 scores 1000. My 27" iMac scores 11820. So about 11-12x faster for processing. All of this within using, maybe double the power, compared what your iMac uses?

    Any iMac within the last two years will run circles around your G5. Plus you'll get to use Snow Leopard and/or Lion and beyond.

    If it's serving your needs, albeit somewhat slowly now, then stick with it. Not all apps are going Intel only yet. Maybe once that happens, it'll force your hand.

    I suppose you don't need to upgrade your iMac. Mind you, you don't need health insurance either.
  19. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    If you do decide to upgrade, a base 21.5" Imac would be a good choice.
  20. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    OP, A base 2011 21.5" or a base 2010 21.5" model will suffice for your minimal demand. You can save some cabbage if you buy last year's model. IMHO :)
  21. OW22 macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2006
    Dublin, Ireland
    I'm in a very similar boat.

    Have an Early 2006 Intel iMac. It's been flawless the past 5 years, never a problem with it all and running Leopard. I use my Mac a lot. Even though I have an iPad 1 and iPhone, I still spend a lot of time using it. All web based really, looking at a lot of video as well and video's I've download with the Realplayer which is excellent imho. I'll use the Mac to watch DVD's when I'm working out as well my rower and treadmill. But no gaming or heavy duty editing.

    During the NFL season, I'll be on the NFL.com site constantly watching the videos, highlights etc. And my system is slowing down there. The hard drive is on it's last legs, it's wheezing when there's high quality video to watch. I could easily replace the HD but after watching the Keynote, i think Lion is going to be a really superb OS and the Intel Core Duo iMac won't be able to upgrade to Lion anyway.

    During the NFL season I can also subscribe to NFL's GamePass where every single game I can watch live on the system so a nice new iMac will be the business there.

    I'm going to get Apple TV as well so me and missus can watch movies and of course I can stream content from the Mac to the TV as well. Only disappointment there is I don't think iPad 1 can airplay it's content to a HDTV via ATV.

    I was going to wait and get a Mac Mini and a big monitor, and I could transport the Mini around the house where needed, but I'd be worried about the quality of display, the iMacs have beautiful displays.
  22. DJJAZZYJET macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    im in the uk

    im in the uk, the cheapest imac is 999 pounds on the apple store
  23. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    5 Years for any computer isn't a bad run. The G5s still hold there value quite well, you could sell it and put money towards your new one.

    If your needs are basic note that any current Mac will blow the socks off your old G5, so you probobly don't need to buy a top spec model. Even if you buy a base model iMac or wait for a Sandy Bridge Mac Mini it'd still be a huge performance improvement
  24. dmidesign macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011
    dont do it

    Hi my advise/opinion and current experience with apple and the new imac 27" is dont buy one and if you have one don't turn it on because it will get contaminated if you use it, make sure you have apple care because you will need that to cover the 8 or 9 new screens you will probably need over the 3 year course, or sell it as quick as possible and cut your loses.

    It seems that dust inside the LCD and on the backlights is a widespread problem. From the thousands of posts on Apple Support and the numerous forums YouTube videos, this is a design defect!

    There seems to be no solution as apple where unwilling to help and blamed the grey smudge marks on environmental issues and my fault because i use my mac in my house, When i asked if i paid for a new screen would it be fixed or will it happen again, Apples response was we can't guarantee it won't. The only solution i am now left with, is to follow this link below and pry open the LCD and directly clean the insides and backlights. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...1#post11976152

    I will be opening my LCD and wiping away the dust that has leaked inside the sealed LCD display
    I will video document my repair and see apple in the small claims court

    Will keep you posted

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