Which iMac should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AppleFan333, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. AppleFan333 macrumors member

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    I plan on buying an iMac in the next month or two, and the low-end model meets my needs. But, I've read about several issues. One, the graphics card: There seem to be errors due to drivers (or lack thereof). Two: I've read that the 20-inch screen has bleeding issues whereas the 24-inch does not.

    If the graphics card on the low-end model is too risky, then I'd go for the high-end 20-inch, and I'd rather not spend the money on the low-end 24-inch.

    Should I be concerned with these problems or should I buy the low-end and hope that these issues will be resolved with firmware/Leopard updates?

    Furthermore, I'm going to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB from Macsales/Crucial/Newegg. Will this void the AppleCare warranty?
     
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  3. AppleFan333 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I'm not sure if it's a driver problem, but I read on here somewhere about screen glitches. Is that really rare?
     
  4. eXan macrumors 601

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    All problems you might read here are very rare, because mostly only those with problems come to forums to complain.

    iMacs' LCDs (as any other LCDs out there) have occasional backlight bleed, but you shouldn't worry about it. You can return your machine if you see it has it.

    Just buy it and stop worrying - its not worth all your nerves :)
     
  5. AppleFan333 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, thanks. Will do.

    Oh, do you know if upgrading with 3rd party RAM will void the warranty?
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    haha no, it won't :)
     
  7. AppleFan333 thread starter macrumors member

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    Good. Thank you.

    It seems I'm all set once I have the money.
     
  8. queshy macrumors 68040

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    Supposedly, the 20" models have cheaper "TN" panels whereas the 24" models have higher quality "S-IPS" panels. The 24" screen is definitely better looking than the 20" (not just because it's bigger!)

    Don't know which driver issues you're referring too, unfortunately.
     
  9. AppleFan333 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll just look in the store to see if the TN panel bothers me. Thanks.
     
  10. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    haha...

    I get the feeling that it will look better then your G4 now?

    With that said my neighbor's 24" iMac LCD wouldn't work, like no bleeding, just black, but he got the Welcome video, Apple Store gave him a new one.
     
  11. kabunaru Guest

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    This is really not that true.
    You can use "David's Profile" (link:http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=4513500&postcount=9) to make the 20" iMac screen to look like the 24" iMac's. I know this works because I am using David's Profile (which was meant for Santa Rosa MacBooks but I am using it on an iMac anyways) on my 20" aluminium iMac.
     
  12. eXan macrumors 601

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    Does it help viewing angles or make the panel 8 bit? ;)
     
  13. kabunaru Guest

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    Viewing angles: don't really know to be honest
    8-bit panel: no
    better colours that match the 24" iMac's colours: yes
    ;)
     
  14. AppleFan333 thread starter macrumors member

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    It probably will. But my G4's LCD looks great… even though it's about 6 years old.

    Ouch.
     
  15. AppleFan333 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll keep that around on my HDD for when I get a new iMac. Thanks.
     

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