New iMac's

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wordlessjam, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. wordlessjam macrumors member

    wordlessjam

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    Hey I'm looking to get my very first mac and would quite like the iMac. I would do a bit of gaming but not much say things like Sims 3. Is it the right time to buy now as I saw in the buyers guide the iMac is halfway through its average cycle? If you do think there will be new one ones when do you think they will be out and what will be different about? Also do you think there could be price drops soon as they just dropped the prices of the laptops?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    New revision in the Winter, I think. Maybe price drops over the summer, but don't count on it.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Buy one now. Update isn't expected before Q1 2010 when Arrandales comes. 2.93GHz iMac will be best for you if you play some games, also think about getting ATI 4850 for best gaming performance. No price drops before update
     
  4. wordlessjam thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys for your quick response! If I were to get the iMac with ATi 4850 how long do you think the iMac will last for? Because the last few PCs I have had have been really bad and the one I have now didn't even last 6 months without serious problems but am still chugging along with it!
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would say it last at least 3 years, if you buy AppleCare. Usually all slow downs are software related so reinstalling OS will solve those problems. Many are still using G4 or G5 iMacs and PowerMacs as their primary computer. Don't be afraid, just get AppleCare and contact Apple if you have problems
     
  6. martynmc7 macrumors regular

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    If you treat it well it should last you at least 3-5 years. I know some people who have managed to squeeze 7 years out of previous generation imacs before. Mac are generally long-lasting computers, and if you purchase Apple Care you know you'll be secure for at least 3 years. If you run a program like OnyX occasionally to keep the system running at its best, don't allow it to get too hot, and keep it from rapid cooling and warming (i.e. constant startups and shutdowns) you should be good for many happy years with your iMac!
     
  7. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I've got an 8 year old PM that's running Tiger. It is very usable, but slow at some things like Safari 4 takes a bit to open a new tab, but PS runs great. It really all depends on how well you take care of it and whether you upgrade it (ie RAM, HDD).
     
  8. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    Also, Applecare is dirt cheap... comparatively... for a iMac, so as long as you don't screw it up you've got 3 guaranteed years. I bought my Applecare on eBay for about $80, ymmv.
     

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