Upgrade Op. System Or Buy New Computer??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by RickCoMatic, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. RickCoMatic macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010
    Billerica, MA 01821
    My iMac treats me well. When it's Drive failed; I had a New HD installed and added RAM. It's performing excellently. Better than new!
    Here's the New Profile:
    20" White, iMAC, Intel, Core Duo, iSight, OSX-10.4.11 350GB-Drive, 7200rpm's, 2GB Ram.

    I received "DRAGON - Dictate" v2.0 for MAC as a Holiday gift.
    The New Software requires OSX 10.6.5

    I want to install OSX 10.6 on this Computer.
    a) Is it wise to do so; or should I get a new computer?
    b) OSX 10.6 Discs can be found, at reduced costs, on Ebay. Try it?
    c) What about the work I have on here, now. Will it be erased if I install 10.6 on this computer?

    I'd like to be able to keep the MAC I have if it will work-out.

    Sincere thanks,

  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Snow Leopard is inexpensive anyhow - £29.95 in the UK. Not worth bothering with eBay.

    Your iMac should serve you well for some time - I have a 2007 C2D 2ghz iMac and it runs SL beautifully (given that SL is faster than Leopard, that's no surprise). Just make sure you have plenty of RAM - it's worth upgrading to 4gb if you run stuff like Photoshop etc.
  3. Grannyville7989 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2010
    I hear you can do an in-place upgrade from 10.4 to 10.6 (even with the Snow Leopard Upgrade disc that's technically for Leopard) but it would probably be wise to do an erase & install if you coming from Tiger because it's quite a change from Tiger to Snow Leopard under the hood.

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