iMac G5 or iMac intel core 2 duo

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  1. Nicolas4ever macrumors 6502a

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    Well i need a new computer,i don't need a new one with all the specs as i only want it for my work.I want your opinion.To choose the iMac g5 that is PPC or the other model with the intel inside.I want a computer to last years (i know macs work for years) I heard that the first macs with the intel (the twins of the imac g5)had a problem and after 2 years max the lines and all that problems appear.So my question is the iMac G5 PPC or Intel ? :)
     
  2. MTI macrumors 65816

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    The G5 iMacs suffered from bad capacitors on the motherboard and power supply, which kills the system, so I probably wouldn't go that way, since you'll be giving up some features like running MS Windows via Bootcamp and some software upgrades.

    The early (2006) white Intel iMacs do have a known LCD issue, however it is pretty much limited to the 17" model. Get a 20" and you're probably fine. Even if you get a 17" that develops the vertical monitor lines, attaching an external monitor works fine.
     
  3. Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh thanks for the answer.I'm going to intel way.And something else.Im gonan get the 17",it's sure that it will develop problems in the screen like vertical lines and all that stuff ?
     
  4. MTI macrumors 65816

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    There's no guarantee that you will or won't get the lines, it's just that a great many of them did. Consider skipping from those early Intel CoreDuo 17" and going to the Core 2 Duo machines that came out a few months later. No known widespread LCD problems with those.
     
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    Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks im going with the intel core 2 duo one.Yeah and i will be able to have snow leopard (at this time i don't want lion)!Great!Anyway can you tell me which are the issues of the intel core 2 duo that came after and of the imac core duo
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I had to check that this was not one of those years old posts. Years ago maybe it made sens to ask "PPC or Intel?" But today many software titles are dropping PPC support. If you want torun Mac OS X get the Intel Mac.

    One the other hand because G5 based computers are chaep they make a good platform for running Linux. Modern Linux software runs well on PPC, Arm and other non-Intel CPS.
     
  7. Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah it's weird to ask ppc or intel!Ofcourse and i want the intel but i don't want to have a problem that i can't solve!!I mean if the screen has an issue i put an external one.But if it's something that i can't solve i don't want to buy it then that's why i wasn't sure.In my country (greece) we don't ecen have a apple store to repair it and in my island not even a store that can fix computers so if it happens something that i can fix it then i'll stay without computer.
     
  8. Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anybody?I mean does anybody know if the late 2006 imac intel core 2 duo have common problems ? im interested and i want an answer :)
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The late 2006 iMacs have no widespread issues. My daughter's 17" is still running just fine after I replaced the hard drive. Of course, there is always a risk when buying a used computer of any type.
     
  10. Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great!!I know it's a risk but i search all the details before buying something!!!I thought that all the iMac polycarbonate (intel core duo and intel core 2 duo) had problems!!
     
  11. Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    and how much are nowadays ? i mean i can find one with 300-400$ 400-500?
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Under $400 for the 17" with no extras (ram or new hd). I would certainly not pay more than that as the aluminum 20" ones go for the mid-high $400s.
     
  13. Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the price in my country greece i found one for 150$ (converted from euros).Anyway i think it's still a very good computer, i still can put the SL and Lion.I have also in my home 3 gb ram for this mac so it's ok!!Thanks everyone for your advice!!Now i know that i want this one ;)

    (i know my english is bad,very bad)
     
  14. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    better than my Greek! :D
     
  15. Nicolas4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    im actually french and i live in greece,but anyway :)
     
  16. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    how are you liking it? are there any problems?

    comment allez-vous l'aimer? y at-il des problèmes?
     

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