Many Questions


macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 30, 2005
I need to pick a computer coming October. I can afford all of them, but with the iMac I will have less spending money after. I have noted some pro's of the products, but no con's. Both the eMac and the iMac have matching specs, but the Mini has a smaller HD. I understand I would have to buy a screen for the Mini but that is no problem.

iMac - $2,011*
Pro's: Bigger HD, Small than eMac, Faster Burning Speed, and a bigger screen

eMac w/ Tilt and Swivel Stand - $1,541*
Pro's: 2x Memory of Mini

Mac Mini w/ Keyboard - $1,314*
Pro's: Ram is 1 Dimm not 2

My main dilema is which one to choose. I can go almost top of the line, and have little spending money, or choose to go end of the line and have a bit more money left(which would be nice). I am not going to put what I will be using them for, all I want is personal preference.

*note: all prices are in Canadian Dollars, and are not including taxes.


macrumors 68030
Jul 23, 2004
Melbourne, Australia
You haven't mentioned the Power Mac at all which would always be my first preference, but of the machines you mention here I'd go with the iMac G5. It's an amazing piece of hardware, I've only played around with my GFs iMac G5 17" 1.6 GHz and a friends 20" 2.0 GHz both are amazing, the extra stuff that comes as standard in the Rev B makes them excellent value imo.

Out of the Mac mini or the eMac I'd choose the eMac, it would be cheaper to upgrade, but personally I wouldn't get either of these.


macrumors 68000
Aug 19, 2003
Denver, CO
iMac as #1
mini as a close #2 (i am assuming that is priced with maxed out ram etc)
i wouldnt consider the eMac. i just dont like it at all.

i would only rank the iMac as 1 b/c its a G5 i like the mini better but i think the G5 will have a longer life than the mini. but that said maybe you only need the G4 for a short life and just wait for a macintel mini, im assuming once apple finally switches to the intels that everything will be running the same processor family. so very close. it depends on how long you want to keep it. b/c realize when youre done with the iMac you lose the monitor, but if you get mini with seperate monitor you can keep the monitor for a lot longer.

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
Adelaide, Australia
Get the iMac if possible. It's so much better than any G4-based machine I've used that the stretch will probably be worth it in my opinion.

Oh, and nice signature. :D


macrumors P6
Oct 20, 2002
Of the Mac's that you mentioned I would recommend the iMac. A great all in one Mac. Especially if you don't have a monitor. It really depends on how much money you have to spend. My dream is the Power Mac, why not have the best if you can afford one.