iMac configs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by deanops, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. deanops macrumors regular

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    Looking through the :apple: store today and was wondering what config i am going to do in my iMac 20''... i don't know whether to


    All prices are Edu discount
    iMac 20'' Standard = $AUD2069
    iMac 20'' + 2gb ram = $AUD2312
    iMac 20'' + 256mb vram = $AUD2176
    iMac 20'' + Apple Care = $AUD2283

    Now all of these prices are less that what i would have gotten for a standard iMac 20'' if i didn't have the edu discount.....

    Let me ask...
    1. will i get cheaper ram anywhere else (in Australia) and how much could i sell the 1gb thats in it....?
    2. Is VRAM really essential if i am not going to be playing games - may do some occasional personal photo/video editing?
    3. I can buy Apple care later on..... Probably better to get it at the end of my first year... can i still get it with my edu discount???
    thanks for your say in this

    ---->other more expensive option 24'' iMac standard...:rolleyes: dream<----
     
  2. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    Get that model as more ram is more important than vram.

    Only if you are going to be using applications like Motion or Maya.

    check the refurbished store some time:)
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Out of those options, I would go with option #2- 20" iMac with 2GB of RAM. I find that Mac OS should have 2GB+ of RAM to play with. You can always add AppleCare later. :)
     
  4. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    Just so you know, you can add RAM and Apple Care later. You can't add a video card.


    That said, I would rather have the RAM. ;)
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    True, the video card can not be upgraded later. But the OP seems to have no intentions of gaming, so the video card is a bit of a mute issue. :)
     
  6. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    Yup RAM seems like a wise choice.
     
  7. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    Streetwise sell Mac compatible RAM pretty cheap, and i've never had a problem there. For any peripherals you can't get with the Edu discount, go to Streetwise :D

    i think the GPU is only really used in hardcore video editing (FCP kinda stuff) and gaming. You should be fine with the lower specced GPU.

    yes you can :)

    if i was buying an iMac, I would get this;
    20"
    1.5GB RAM (take out one of the 512MB stock sticks and buy a gig stick)
    500GB HDD (its big, but its better to have too much than too little)
    128MB ATi X1600
    $2,357.30 AUD edu price
     
  8. deanops thread starter macrumors regular

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    nice idea... but i already have a 250 gb external... no eed for that.... i didn't even think about 1.5gb ram... will that be enough for my uses of schoolwork, light photoshop, iphoto, imovie, itunes and internet??

    edit; and also will the unmatched ram be ok?? or will experience problems?
    can you buy memory from apple?
    kingsington ram (premium) or just standard?? $30 difference?
     
  9. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    i do light to moderate photoshopping, and RAM is never an issue for me with 1.5GB RAM :)
    works for me, and dozens of other people here.
    you can, but its more expensive
    i'd just go for the cheaper stuff. its the same stuff, just without a label on it. Streetwise will replace it if its a bad stick.
     
  10. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i might be wrong, but i think you can only get the apple care with education discount if you get an edu discounted imac.
     

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