Imac Purchase Advice

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Intel Inside, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Intel Inside macrumors 6502

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    Hey Guys!

    Im planning to get a imac in about a weeks time. i have a few questions about which model to choose and installing RAM (more on this later)

    I'm not that sure how the 2.4GHz (current generation) Imac is for some light gaming, does anyone know what games it can cope up to? I want to games like Call Of Duty 4 and The Sims.

    Also i want to install some extra RAM and boost it from 1GB to 4GB. will this make difference or am i wasting my money? does installing RAM void the warranty?

    I also want to install windows xp for the odd thing or two. i dont know what program to use parralells or VMware? any recomendations ?

    And how would i go about making a partition, what size would it be?

    as i think you have probally gatherd by now i am new to Mac and i dont really have a :confused: So thanks for all the help and aswers :apple:
     
  2. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    see bold^^^
     
  3. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

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    And I'll put in a plug for the refurbs. Getting an iMac 24" refurb will save you money and you'll get a gorgeous machine with full warranty. Mine came in flawless. Do get your RAM from Crucial or OWC, though.
     
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I second the refurb.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FA878LL/A

    Its $100 more than the 2.4 20", yet you get a much nicer screen, a bigger hard drive, and a better graphics card.

    As for XP, use the free bootcamp software that comes installed.

    Also bump up the RAM to 4gb. This will make a huge difference. It does not void the warranty and is extremely easy.
     
  5. Intel Inside thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey Thanks You guys for the replies, any more past problems or advice:)

    thanks

    EDIT: i am wanting to purchase new, i found a good deal. the 2.4GHz imac for £750
     
  6. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

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    Remember that if you buy from John Lewis you get a free two year warranty. They will price match shops in the local area also.

    The 24" screen is amazing - I would go for a refurb.

    Either way you will be more than happy.
     
  7. Intel Inside thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey thanks for the advice:D

    my budget is on £970 with all accesories

    so i think i am going to get a new 2.4GHz with wireless keyboard and M. mouse

    BUT will upgrading the RAM to 4GB from 1GB Make a ?difference
     
  8. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    yes with 2GB i find it backing up to the HDD if i have iTunes safari iChat, mail iMovie and iPhoto open at the same time
    (which i do all the time cuz well i can:D )
     
  9. Intel Inside thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My First mac is comming!

    ok then i think ill buy 4GB of RAM form crucial.
    apple is a HUGE RIP OFF

    Any ways i just also orderd the 2.4GHz Imac with the wireless keyboard and mighty mouse plus iwork
    YAY im sooo exited! cant wait, its going to be a hard few days:D:apple:
     
  10. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    Congrats



    u may want to get the wired Keyboard because of the extra USB's the ones on the back are few and hard to get to
     

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