Thinking of selling my MBP to get an iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gorenut, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. gorenut macrumors member

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    So.. unfortunately.. I am one of the victims who ended up with a MBP that has the problematic nVidia 6600. I sent in my MBP for the third time today and I've only had it for a little over a year.. honestly.. I don't even really game that much either (most recently just played Starcraft here and there). So... I really don't want to risk the MBP just breaking down again due to the nVidia card dying on me when I actually got deadlines during freelance work... do the iMacs have the same problem as the MBP's nVidia cards (I know iMacs have the 6800... but I'm thinking of making sure I get ATI)?

    Here are my possible choices.. getting the 24" 2.8ghz ATI 2600 PRO 500gig HD for 1,600
    or the same size except for 3.06ghz NVIDIA 8800 500 gig hd for $200 more. I guess I'm just paranoid of NVIDIA's stuff now and I don't know if I should just save myself the $200 to get the ATI one and slow processor simply because I don't game all that much and my machine is mainly for doing graphic design work.

    Any help would be appreciated
     
  2. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    the 2.8 is a safe and excellent choice :)
     
  3. gorenut thread starter macrumors member

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    So does the NVIDIA 6800 suffer from the same problems as the 6600 in Macbook Pros?
     
  4. kurzz macrumors 6502

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    Do you mean the nVidia 8600/8800? There are no problems with those Nvidia cards on the imacs.
     
  5. jdwingnut macrumors regular

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    So, how do you get a 24" imac for $1600 with an upgraded hard drive. Even with a student discount, I've got $1744. $1849 without the discount.

    BTW, you can upgrade the 2.8 to a 3.06 model and still keep the ATI video card. It is however the 256Mb vs the 512Mb nVidia
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    Its 8600 and 8800, not 6xxx series ;)

    And you don't even need anything beyond integrated graphics for design work so why do you want 8800 in iMac???
     
  7. gorenut thread starter macrumors member

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    Yea, which was my reasoning for not caring too much about getting the upgraded version. I think the ATI should be plenty sufficient, especially because I've been working on my Macbook Pro this whole time and the specs definitely beats out the Macbook pro.

    Thanks for all the input so far guys.
     

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