iMac Accessories Questions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pMad, May 14, 2008.

  1. pMad macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008
    Soon I will be purchasing an iMac 24" 3.06

    Kingston's 4GB upgrade is $140.00 + shipping - Apple charges $180 so I'll just let Apple do it.

    750GB internal hard drive (Apple charges $90 to go from 500GB -> 750GB but $135 to go from 750GB -> 1TB)

    Here are the accessories I planned on adding:

    1TB External Hard Drive (actually internal with enclosure)

    Hard drive:
    HITACHI CinemaStar 7K1000 HCS721010KLA330 (0A35274) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb

    Do you suggest something else?

    Do I want USB or FireWire (1394)? Why?
    What do you suggest?

    I was thinking about:
    Rosewill RX-358-S BLK (Black) 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA Ext. Enclosure w/Int.80mm fan

    or would you do something more simple like
    Rosewill RX35MV-SU-D BLK 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Enclosure

    USB hub:
    I have a lot of USB usage - scanner, inkjet printer, iPod shuffle and iPod Classic, camera dock, external hard drive, GPS, etc. (My laser is wireless)

    I was thinking:
    Rosewill RHUB-310 USB2.0 7 Port Shining Standing Hub With Power Adapter


    Any other accessories you would add?

  2. macdot macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    It's probably cheaper just to buy an external HDD rather than put together your own. I believe the new iMacs have FW800 which is faster than USB2, so I'd get a drive with that. FW trumps USB anyways because of more consistent data transfer rates.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Go with FW800. Even FW400 is faster than USB most of the time. Buy a separate disk and enclosure as you get a longer warranty on the drive.
  4. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    I would go with a FW800 case and at that point did you look at for other options? I found their top unit with your needs for $339 and a 2 year warranty and you could choose a different case for less money like this:
    Since the iMac comes with a FW800 I'd go that route because it will handle better than the USB over larger files.
    I only listed this because I didn't find any warranty info with the unit you listed on NewEgg. I would also see if you live near a Sam's Club, Costco or a BJ's type of whole sale club looking at their stuff for a USB hub. I found a Belkin unit that sells for $50+ for $25 at my local Sam's Club and it works great. Just a thought if you need it now or if a port doesn't work it's a quick return/replace otherwise that looks nice. Not sure what the person meant by "short cables" unless they were under 3 ft. long.

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