Should I open up my new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ayeplussjr, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. ayeplussjr macrumors regular

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    Should I open up my iMac that I just purchased last week. I've been using my Windows machine up until yesterday when it finally crashed. It was on it's last legs for awhile and I was putting off on opening my iMac hoping for an update like everyone else. Yeah...I know I spent a lot of money on an iMac with outdated hardware, but I needed something, and I wanted to get rid of Windows.

    From all the rumors about the updates, the updates on the iMac will take advantage of the Open CL when Snow Leopard comes out, will my iMac have any problems with that? What would be the major difference of Open CL on the current NVIDIA 8800 and the possible update on the new iMac?

    I may not even notice a difference since I will not be doing any heavy video editing, or much gaming.

    I'm tired of waiting...don't know if I can wait much longer. I've been using my 10gb, pentium 4 for 6 years now, so this would be a major step up for me using the iMac that I purchased....I can use the iMac 6 years, and then purchase the latest and greatest at that time, or maybe just upgrade in a few years. If I can survive on my old system for 6 years, this should be a breeze.
     
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  4. rust.puppet macrumors regular

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    if you need it, open it... from what we've heard snow leopard will run better on imacs than leopard, its supposed to be more efficient. 2.4 ghz is still very decent. im holding back as much as i can with one pc just failing, a laptop with a broken lcd and my pentium 4 is dying [30-40 minutes from startup to functionality ]

    but for now im dealing with withdraws from OS X, i drive WAY out of town to best buy to play on their macs for a few minutes every few days. just putting up with crappy pcs for basic internet till they drop. its a personal choice.
     
  5. Markov macrumors 6502

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    If you are not going to be doing too much gaming or video editing, then the update is pretty much irrelevant to you. An nVidia 8800 is the high end 8 series and quite a capable card. My 8600m gt is a tad bit lower and a mobile GPU and even that card is capable. Snow Leopard will still take advantage of Open CL with the iMac you just bought.

    I say go and open it up and enjoy technology from this century ;)
     
  6. rust.puppet macrumors regular

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    i think i may of just changed my own mind lol, the new mbp wont be getting to people till atleast the second week of february [[just about]] till the end of february. that means by the time we get the new imac it'll be early to mid march assuming it releases by the end of january-early february. and you know what they say about assuming.
     
  7. richterbon23 macrumors newbie

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    I am in the same boat. I am planning on ordering the 24'' with the ati card and 4 gb of ram. It will have a 320 internal hd and a 1 tb external. I am going to be using it for just basic home movie editing. Will this be suffice? It is my graduation gift and i have been waiting about a year and a half to get it. I just don't think I can wait anymore?
     
  8. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    If I were going to order one today (and I am currently considering it), I would suggest selecting the nVidia graphic option for the 24" as I think it will be better supported when 10.6 is released.

    EDIT: If a 24" 2.8GHz iMac w/ nVidia graphics card option ever shows up in the refurb store, I'll buy it in a heartbeat.
     
  9. MacAgent84 macrumors member

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    You bought a very capable machine. Wow, what an upgrade! I don't quite think I've heard of such a leap between systems in hardware in a long time. The GPU you have will definitely be able to take advantage of Open CL, as will most of the mac machines equipped with hardware this good or better.

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  10. Soxy macrumors member

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    At least wait until the end of tomorrow (US time), it's incredibly unlikely but you would kick yourself if they did a silent update tomorrow.
     
  11. ayeplussjr thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah...I can wait one more day but I think that would be it. Do u think if they did the silent update we'll know at around 12am?

    The iLife up to date page was updated at 12am this morning so I'm hoping if there's a silent release it should be around midnight..I think there would be some announcement instead of silent release, right?
     
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  13. armoguy94 macrumors 6502

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    It could even take a few months but I would definitely not open it until the next money; you'd regret it if they updated it within a few months and you can't exchange it.. these are overpriced $1,000+ computers we're talking about here, lol
     
  14. Soxy macrumors member

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    I honestly don't know if there's been a pattern to silent updates in the past, but I seem to remember a couple that were released in the afternoon around 4pm PST.

    Either way, you should wait until the close of business for Apple, which is like 6:30pm PST? Then feel free to open it and breathe in your fresh new iMac goodness :D

    Edit: "Silent update" doesn't literally mean silent (as in suddenly when you go to the store the iMac's have updated specs), when it happens there will probably be a splash page about it (maybe a rotating one considering the MWSF announcements) on the main site, and they'll update all the pages on the iMac too, so you'll know straight away when you go on the site if they're updated.
     
  15. Soxy macrumors member

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    Oh and since I was in a rush before I'll address your other points:

    1. Pretty sure your 8800 will work fully featured with OpenCL, infact I think it's been confirmed, wouldn't worry about it.

    2. If you don't do any heavy graphical tasks, especially gaming, I don't think you would see a blind bit of difference between your 8800 and the proposed 9600 that would be going in a speedbumped iMac, after a certain point a graphics card is purely for specialised tasks like 3D work and games.

    As an added point, nobody knows if you've bought "outdated hardware", from an iMac perspective anyway, it could be a good 6+ months before we see an update, and considering the current computer you have will thrash the kind of tasks I assume you're gonna be throwing at it according to your post, you shouldn't really care even if it gets updated in a month.
     
  16. stevo8 macrumors 6502

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    Wow that's some crazy willpower. I would have ripped that thing open like a 5yr old on Xmas morning. There will always be a new system just around the corner. You have a GREAT machine just sitting there waiting for you to come to your senses.

    IMO 99% of the people who need to ask if they should wait shouldn't be concerned at all about it. The people who need to wait pretty much already know they need the upgrade and it's for something spacific. For a lot of people it's just keeping up with the joneses.
     
  17. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    definitely open it, if you don't like it, take it back
     
  18. Patillac macrumors member

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    Rock that beast!! Open it up - seriously, that is some INTENSE willpower!!
    I'm sure you can get back most of your money by selling it on CL or eBay...
    Congrats on the new computer and on the serious leap to "paradise"!!
     
  19. Bradlag macrumors newbie

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    How I envy you.
    If your pc has crashed, lob it out the window and rock the iMac
     
  20. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    It took me a couple of minutes to work out what was going on here! I though the OP meant he wanted to open up his machine!
     
  21. hacksaw-C87 macrumors regular

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    Impressive will power. I probably would have cracked before you. Go on. Do it. Open it up! Macs tend to hold their value well so you should be fine, even if you want to sell on!
     
  22. JohnR macrumors member

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    I ordered a new 24" iMac 2.8ghz with the upgraded video card on Saturday night. It still hasn't shipped.

    Apple used to have this graphic on the status page that showed if it was being assembled, ready for shipment, etc.

    Now? It just says:
    Not yet shipped
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  23. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    You still have at least two days to wait, nothing you can do about it.
     
  24. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    With no updates today, and my increasing need for a desktop computer again, I purchased a refurbished 24" 3.06GHz iMac this morning, along with 4GB of RAM from Cruical (for ~$45). I really would have like to wait, but my older iMac just didn't want to cooperate.
     
  25. Soxy macrumors member

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    It's only 7am at Apple HQ... If there is an update it wouldn't have happened already :x
     

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