iMac aluminum questions?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by crabbydaddy2, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. crabbydaddy2 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    ok so at the moment i use a powermac g4. (dualie 500mhz 512 ram) tiger
    I was new to macs around 3 years ago and decided to buy an older one.
    it is fine for what tasks i do,(browsing,major ebay seller,
    but i have noticed that it is slowing down day by day and i think it maybe a good idea to get a refurbished imac.
    everyday i see the box "your startup disk is full"
    and im just to lazy to buy another harddrive.

    i have an apple aluminum cinema display so the 20" size is good for the imac

    I have heard that the 20" refurb from apple for 999.00 is slow and not great,
    is that true?

    is the performance from the imac comparable to the mac mini

    i think that the 999.00 is a pretty good deal, and i think that it may be good for my tasks.

    main question.

    will i see a definite improvement in speed from the slow powermac to the new imac?

    and it the price worth it?
  2. crabbydaddy2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    i'd really like to know some information
  3. czachorski macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    Uhhh- yes, you will see a major speed increase coming from the PowerMac. When people say it is "slow" they are just whining that it a bit slower than the absolutely fastest CPUs available today. It will still blow a 6+ year old PowerMac out of the water!

    Let's put it this way: you can edit HD video in real time on that iMac. Is that fast enough?
  4. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    Since you have such a great monitor, what about a Mac mini?
  5. crabbydaddy2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    for a few more hundred dollars it seems like i could almost get the imac.
    and i wouldn't' have to purchase another keyboard mouse and i already sold my old isight.
  6. czachorski macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    I was thinking the same thing. The mini is such a low value, when for just a bit more you get KB, mouse, non-integrated graphics, nice big screen, easier RAM upgrades, etc. Personally, I would get the iMac, and sell the ACD, or leave it with the PowerMac and give the kids a nice web machine / movie & music player. (If you have kids - which I do, so that is basically exactly what I did with my 20" ACD and PowerMac (dual 867) when I got my iMac).
  7. crabbydaddy2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    i know.

    but after looking at the apple website
    500.00 is alot cheaper for me than 1,000.00

    i don't really need a powerful computer and the powermac works good now
    so maybe i should just buy the mac mini

    i see that their resale value is fairly well.
    i may as just well order the one for 499.00
    but that doesnt include a superdrive which i really would need

    are there any other options?
  8. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    ebay, craigslist, marketplace forums of this site
  9. crabbydaddy2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    hmmm i'm thinking about ordering the refurb special on the apple site

    is 499.00 a good deal for that mac mini?

    is the 1.83 core duo 2 a good machine?

    does any one have that and does it work well?
  10. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    I recently bought one of the refurb iMacs that you're talking about.

    Works fine for me. I edit some videos (completely amateur), play some light games, and do a some of the stuff you were talking about.

    Sure, it's not the fastest machine out there, but it's plenty powerful.
  11. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    My daughter has a 1.66GHz Core Duo mini and it does most things very well. It even plays some games half decently. For a kitchen machine, and since you already have a 20" display, I'd think it would suit your needs fine. Just be warned the new minis are likely to be announced soon.

    You really should not have started two separate threads on the same issue.
  12. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    For your uses, the base Mini would be a great upgrade. You'll love the speed increase. You don't need anything more than Intel Integrated if you're not going to be playing any demanding games (though games like CS:S plays well in DX7 or 8 mode in WINE).
  13. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    I'd go for the iMac myself. You could also do dual monitors with the 20" iMac and the ACD if you have the desk space. :)
  14. Kittychan macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Is the new iMac still having the screen gradient and dead pixel issue ? I am thinking of replacing my imac :apple:

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