Is it Really Worth The Wait?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by scottp78, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. scottp78 macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    I have been waitting for the sandy Bridge IMAC i7 now for 2 months now and am starting to feel that I should just go ahead and build a new PC. I know I can build a new PC with the same Items for 1/2 of what the mac would cost. And I can get it NOW. Just be giving up OSX unless I hack, and the 27" Monitor.
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    I really love when people come on here and claim that they can build their own PC for 1/2 the price of an Imac. That's including the price of a 27" IPS display right? Last time i checked those are well over $1000. If you need a computer right now and can't wait a few more months, go ahead and try to build your own at only $800
  3. scottp78 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    You are right I would be giving up the 27". Right now I have a dual 24" system. And it wouldnt be that much of a TRY I have built systems for 20 years now. I have memory, Video cards. All I would need is the MB and CPU.

    I want to make the change to Mac but there never seems to be any news on it comming out at all!
  4. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007

    The Beatles said it best when they said

    I feel as though
    You ought to know
    That I've been good
    As good as I can be
    And if you do
    I'll trust in you
    And know that you
    Will wait for me

  5. cinek macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    1. what @basesloaded190 said
    2. if you're even considering giving up mac osx, you probably don't need it - so in a way you answered your own question
  6. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Be patient. If you want the all in one and OSX, i think the wait will be worth it.
  7. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    I'm also waiting for 2011 revision iMac .. most of us here are, otherwise they won't bother to post here, or googling for new iMac every single morning.

    Just wait, be patient .. or even better try to distract your mind from iMac. Think about something else while you can save a little more for purchasing your iMac and other accessories if needed.

    If you don't think about it, new iMac would arrive so fast, even if you haven't realize it yet.

    Yes iMac's price is very reasonable. Hardly an Apple product has good price, but really, you can't build PC for less and get what exactly the iMac has to offer, unless you use cheaper, smaller, and worse display
  8. Andythed macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2011
    I bought my 27" Imac in December, great decision. Love it.

    I did consider waiting but guessed the update would probably be six months away. Plus I did not think the update would be that great anyway. The next one I cared about would be the one after that..maybe 2012(ish)

    If I was thinking of buying it now.... I would wait for the new Imac.

    The Imac is so worth the money. But if you can wait, wait for the update. But if you do buy now, its still a great machine (and furniture).
  9. T-Mac macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2007
    Wait. The new iMac will be well worth it (speed gains and thunderbolt).

    I'm going to hold out for a new iMac w/Lion.
  10. bennettave macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Usb 1.1

    A long time ago...

    I bought a TiBook with a USB 1 connector - it's still my favorite computer. A gorgeous design. I feel privilaged to use it.

    That said, syncing my iPhone can take hours. Downloading pictures off my DSLR, same story.

    Thunderbolt may not seem so important now, but I'm holding out for it because I plan on keeping my next computer another 7 or 8 years.
  11. Chris5488 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    I know what you mean hen you talk about the "1/2 of what the iMac would cost", have been a PC-guy for years. But since last year, I got really interested in Macs and now I do understand why people are willing to pay twice as much. I'm one of them! (waiting for the new iMac as well, to be my first!).

    1. (Especially the iMac) isn't much more expensive then a PC. Not when you count the all-in-one concept (look at all-in-one PC's, they can't match the iMac in speed, and costs almost as much as an iMac!), the 21" or 27" IPS LED display (seen any IPS LED displays cheap lately??), the power (i7, as much RAM as you want/need, up to 2TB HDD),...

    2. The operating system OS X, which you can't have with pc's (hackintosh only works on specific configurations and needs a lot of tweaking, doesn't represent the real OS X experience as it should be). PC's are Windows-only, but Macs combine OS X and Windows in one!

    3. The design: Not something everyone would care about, but as an architect/photographer/designer/perfectionist :D... it does care. And when you have it once, you don't want those cheaply built PC's anymore.

    Shure there are disadvantages: You would pay more then you would do when buying a PC (however it wouldn't match Macs on every aspect) and you are limited with the hardware (especially the GPU might be a let-down. If you are a pro-gamer, you wouldn't need OS X or a Mac anyway).

    For me the decision is simple: Buy a Mac, unless you are a pro-gamer or don't give a **** about all those design-blabla-OSX-blabla-display-blabla-..., and just want a computer which contains that CPU and 'so much' RAM
  12. jvette macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2007
    Depends on what you plan on doing with it. If you are a normal user not graphic intensive than I see no reason. If you are into photos and movies than it may be worth it.

    I am a windows guy at work and a Mac guy at home and for fun. I don't think you can come close to building a Windows PC that is comparable to the MAC for less money. Remember you also get some software you would have to purchase with a Windows Machine. Don't forget Anti Virus software! I'm not saying the components are any better but the operating system is much better and Windows 7 is getting close to where Mac has been for years. Then when you build your own you have no one to turn to when you have a problem. No matter how good you are you may need assistance at some point and try to trouble shoot a home build. It's a nightmare, I know.

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