Imac 20" vs 24"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macbanda, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. macbanda macrumors member

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    I've decided on an Imac but do not know if there are any advantages of getting a 24" over the 20" Imac other than the obvious screen size difference. Any advice?

    Also, I'll be using my computer primarily for internet (email, youtube etc..) and simple word-processing -no heavy gaming. Will the entry 20" be plenty fast?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Cboss macrumors 6502

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    The differences for you would be very, very minor. Just get the size that you prefer.
     
  3. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    24" is r-e-a-l-l-y nice ;^)

    I went from a 20" G5 to a 24" C2D, and initially thought, "wow, this thing is
    huge!" But having used the 24" for a few months, it feels just right now.

    You will use the space by running many more things simultaneously, so the
    extra real estate allows you to have, say, a Safari window running alongside
    a Word/OpenOffice window. So it's much easier to do cut-n-paste from 2
    different apps or documents.

    It's also much easier to use iPhoto, iTunes, and iMovie/iDVD - you can spread
    things out more, and see "the big picture."

    Depending on your budget, I would get the fastest system (3.06GHz) and
    max out the memory (4GB) - the more memory, the merrier. If you are
    coming from the PC world, 4GB RAM allows you run VMware/Parallels and a
    2GB VM of WinXP Pro or Win7. And again, the 24" allows you to have a PC
    window that runs alongside your Mac world.

    Can you tell I'm quite happy with the 24" system? ;^)

    Mugwumper
     
  4. macbanda thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent response and very good information which leads me to think the 24" is better. As far as the processor speed, I have to wonder if I need the 3.0 or if the entry level will suffice? Thanks again.
     
  5. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    Get the biggest and fastest! ;^)

    You're welcome! ;^)

    Hard to answer your question, but here are some things to consider:

    - what is the iMac going to replace? An 800MHz G4, 1.2GHz PC? Are you
    expecting a certain level of performance?
    - the difference between 2.66 and 3.06 is only 15-20%, so if it's an
    economic decision, get the least expensive
    - I always try to get the fastest available at any point in time, mainly because
    I only get a new system every 4 years or so. Today's "fastest" will be fairly
    mid-range in a few years
    - if, as you noted, you don't have any specific app that requires a certain
    level of performance, then 2.66 is probably OK - but . . .
    - the lower-end machines' graphics are a bit slower

    (wow, I'm starting to sound like an Apple sales rep - sorry!)

    Don't know how much experience you've had with Apple, but here's another
    option: buy refurb'd. I've had 2 in the past (G5 and current C2D), and they
    never gave me any problems. I bought the current 24" iMac earlier this
    year, and it's a 2008 model (that was mfg'd in 2009) for about 1/3 off its
    original list price. As long as you don't mind not having a pretty cardboard
    box, I think it's well worth it - the systems are fully examined and tested,
    and some say are better than a true "new" system. They have the same full
    warranty. And don't forget AppleCare . . .

    Hope this helps . . .
     

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