Last Gen. 24in (refurb) or New 20in

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RedDragon870503, Aug 8, 2007.

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Which iMac.

  1. 24 inch (refurb)

    8 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. 20 inch (new)

    7 vote(s)
    43.8%
  3. You are dumb.

    1 vote(s)
    6.3%
  1. RedDragon870503 macrumors 6502

    RedDragon870503

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    In case you didn't notice, and I know most of you probably did. The price of a refurb 24 in (2.16, 7300) is pretty much the exact same as a new 20 in (2.4, 2600). With an educational discount, which I qualify for.

    I have had a 20 inch iSight G5 for a while, which I LOVE, but it is time for my first intel.

    Given a choice, which would you buy, a refurb 24in or a new 20in.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd look for a iMac 24" with the 7600GT for sale.
     
  3. RedDragon870503 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What is the going rate on a machine like that?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    $50-100 over the base 7300GT model.
     
  5. Scannall macrumors member

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    Same here.

    The 7300 is really weak. It's only worth it with the 7600
     
  6. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Unless you want the extra screen size I'd go for a new one.
     
  7. RedDragon870503 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Tough call... I've been reviewing (lurking) through some forums complaining about the inadequate 2600 pro. Is the 7600GT far superior?
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The 7600GT in the 24" is the desktop version and it's a powerful video card for being limited by the 128-bit memory bus.
     
  9. RedDragon870503 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great, I made an offer to a forum member for a 24 with the 7600GT

    The screen size is important, I mostly encode DVD's and MPEG and use my computer as a media center. The extra horse power would be important but I think the screen size would be put to greater use.

    Anyone have a link to a benchmarks comparing a 2.4 to a 2.16.

    I think I may be overstepping my bounds here a bit (in the annoying questions category) but is the Core 2 Duo in a 24 inch iMac upgradeable?
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The Apple laptops use the same processors so their CPU crunching can be looked at here.

    http://barefeats.com/rosa02.html

    If you feel adventurous you could upgrade the processor to the T7600 at 2.33 GHz.
     
  11. RedDragon870503 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know you are the authority on Merom and Penryn so I will just ask and I am a mere n00b: Can I upgrade the processor to the current 2.4 or 2.8 Ghz versions? Since because of your previous post I am assuming no?
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The older iMacs use a Socket M processor on Intel's Napa Centrino platform.

    The new iMac and MacBook Pro use Socket P processors on Intel's new Santa Rosa platform.

    The sockets are not compatible.
     
  13. RedDragon870503 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And the fastest socket M I can obtain is a 2.33 Ghz?
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Here it is.

    Now note, replacing the processor requires to disassemble the entire iMac and it does void your warranty for 167 MHz more speed. It's a scary prospect even for me.

    Thank you for taking note of the expertise.
     
  15. RedDragon870503 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You read my mind, 650 bucks for a void warranty and 167 extra mhz...

    Not going to happen.

    Thanks.

    Drew
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    No problem. The iMac 24" w/7600GT is a very powerful machine for editing and gaming.

    Makes me wish I had one or bought a Mac Pro last year. I hope you enjoy it!
     

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