PC to iMAc, your opinion

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  1. frocco macrumors 6502

    frocco

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    Hello,

    I speced out a PC i7-930 9gig 1.5tb 23" monitor
    This is around 800 cheaper than an imac 27" i7 8gig 1tb

    Of couse, the display is better on the imac.

    Question, should i be concerned with the specs vs real life usage?
    I do some gaming, finance and web development.

    I do not want to buy both.
    a MP would be too costly (around a 1000 more) unless I got a cheap monitor.

    Should I consider the mac experience to be better?

    I play the latest Call of Duty.

    Thanks

    Frank
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Don't buy the RAM from Apple. An extra pair of 2GB modules costs like 70 bucks from aftermarket. What GPU does the PC have? iMac's display is worth about 1000$ alone so it's not a surprise that it costs more than an equivalent PC with cheap 23" monitor.

    You can also think about a Hackintosh
     
  3. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. biggd macrumors 6502

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    The Mac experience is better.
    No real viruses
    Longer "life" in terms of speed and usability.

    You maybe spec'n a lower quality system.
     
  5. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am wondering if the 430 is a better card over the 5750 ati?

    I like the mac apps better than any windows versions I found.
     
  6. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I purchased a separate PC desktop dedicated for gaming and was able to get a less expensive Mac. A gaming Mac brings the price way up. On the next iMac refresh, I will sell my PC desktop and go back to a single Mac that can do both. It cost more but my room will be less cluttered. The iMacs have no equal on the PC side that I can find unless you just look at specs.
     
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    GT 430 is nVidia's low-end card, I can't see why on earth would you get one for a PC with i7. Gaming performance is pretty terrible, here are some benchmarks.
     
  8. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So it looks like the 5750 does a better job over the 430.

    Would the imac be a better choice over an entry MP?
    I do not think I can afford an IPS 27" monitor.
     
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  10. aphesian macrumors newbie

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    I just made the same leap from PC to an iMac i7. No regrets. Gaming is fine on it for the most part and with Boot Camp you don't have to give up anything on the Windows side. I'm really surprised at how well it works and how easy it was to set up.

    I wish Apple would step it up in the video card department a bit as that is the only part of this machine that I see not aging very well.
     
  11. biggd macrumors 6502

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    I wish the 27inch had a replaceable video card in the same way u replace ram
     
  12. cootersgarage6, Dec 9, 2010
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    Yes

    Yeah, defiantly get the Mac. Even consider the cheapest one, wit the i3. I am using a Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz macbook 06. and It does video editing better then my brothers 09 PC.. and that's because macs are built for that, of course. Also, the macs cost more because let me ask you something: how long is the PC going to last? Windows OS does not stay compatible with their older machines, because yes, the i7 overtime will get old. call the computer company that makes that PC, and ask them how long you will need a new computer, they will say "3 years, 5 at the most and it will be pushing it" the i7 Imac is meant to last over 7 years because the i3 Imac Is meant to last 5 years at the least, still running full speed. and the PC, do you want those wires hanging out every where? the Imac has ONE CORD. that's it. it even has built in wi-fi.

    And yes, you are right the Imac has better screen because it is glare resisted. It has 178 degrees, meaning you can see the screen from any angle.
    Macs last longer, because anything Intel will be able to run the new mac os, maybe not all the features. but anything intel core 2 DUO and above, is meant to handle and TACKLE the latest software for at least 5 years, 7 years with the i7. with the Windows PC, 4 at the most.
     
  13. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just like the look of them.

    I am now trying to decide on an imac i7 27" or entry level Mac Pro and trying to live with a smaller screen. The imac not allowing you to change the vcard makes me wonder on the MP.

    Then again, I really do not see myself needing a vcard upgrade in the first two years.
     
  14. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Forgot to add:
    If I get the imac it will be.

    2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x2GB
    2TB Serial ATA Drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    Magic Mouse

    Mac Pro:
    One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Nehalem”
    3GB (3x1GB)
    1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    One 18x SuperDrive
    Apple Magic Mouse
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide

    MBP
    2.66GHz Intel Core i7
    8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X4GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 17-inch Hi-Resolution Glossy Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
     
  15. GaresTaylan macrumors 6502a

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    But the display on the 27" iMac is so pretty :D ;) :p
     
  16. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know, I think I am leaning towards the imac.
    I can't see spending a 1000 more for the MBP
     
  17. biggd macrumors 6502

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    Hackintosh! "Its like having sex with a Tractor Trailer in a parking lot!"
     

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