Which iMac to buy?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jasko, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. jasko macrumors 6502

    jasko

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    I know, I need to make my own decision on this, but I just want to get input from you all...

    Bottom line is, I'm looking to buy a new 24' iMac (refurb) from Apple.com so I can sell the one I'm on now before the value goes down any further...

    My situation: My desk faces away from a Window. As in, my computer screen itself faces a window, with venetian blinds... do you think the reflection would be horrible?

    Anyone with Mac knowledge, please give me insight on what you would do, in my situation...

    My options:

    1) Get this one: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nplm=FA878LL/A

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    Stats:
    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - $1,399.00
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    1GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    2) Get this one: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nplm=FA456LL/A


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    Stats:

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SuperDrive $1,199.00
    24-inch widescreen display
    1GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight camera

    My biggest issue is the glare. There's a 10% restocking fee if I want to return it...

    thanks.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The 2600 is much faster than the 7300 although for your purposes you won't see a difference.
     
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    The 2600 is more along the lines of the 8600 class.
     
  4. jasko thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    trust me I sit at 4 windows with the sun facing me each day, and the glare is hardly notice able, its perfect, you cant notice it, the screen might have anti glare coating for the really bright light purposes.
     
  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Did he say what his purposes were? :p

    A happen to agree with your advice. :D

    I have no glare issues with my 24" aluminum iMac. The glossy screen is a total personal preference issue though. Another advantage to the mid-2007 model is that you can do 4GB of RAM as opposed to only 3GB RAM on the white model.
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    He did but he edited it out. No video games, surfing and something else unrelated.
     
  8. jasko thread starter macrumors 6502

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    lol oops yeah I forgot that. Yeah I MIGHT do some SLIGHT gaming, but I doubt it...

    Mostly surfing, some video editing, and some photo editing.

    I know the glare issue has been discussed into oblivion, but I just need some input on that mainly before I go out spending over $1000 :confused:
     
  9. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

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    hey jasko,

    sounds like you're getting a newer machine, more upgradability, and more bang for your buck with the aluminum.

    the white 24'' price doesn't seem to reflect a price i'd be willing to lay down given its outdated specs.

    I have the most current iMac and the 24'' screen is just gorgeous. absolutely stunning.

    and my computer looks out on the western sunset - it gets real bright in here.
     
  10. jasko thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Your previous input does make sense.... but my computer faces the bright eastern sunset of south florida.... (the screen faces the window, not the back :() so, uggggggggh. i don't know!
     
  11. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Oh, LOL, I figured it must be something like that. His edit makes your comment look a bit odd and I've never known you to be presumptive nor give anything but excellent advice in these forums.

    Definitely, based on that criterion there wouldn't be a noticeable difference between the 7600 and the 2600. :)

    Even if he's planning on doing even minimal gaming I would recommend going for the aluminum iMac. It's got a more powerful CPU, GPU and the ability to address more RAM.
     
  12. BamaDMD macrumors member

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    My office is on the second floor and my desk sits about 5 foot from the corner. I have one large floor to ceiling window directly behind me (about 5 foot) and 1 large window (same size) to my right side about 6 foot away. I have a 20" aluminum iMac (about to upgrade to the 24") and do not notice much glare most of the time. If there is some slight glare at some point in the day (depending when the sun shines directly through) I simply reach out and tilt my screen slightly left or right or up and down. Viola, easy fix. Glare gone.

    BTW I have no blinds or curtains on these windows.

    Pick the one you want and enjoy.:)
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Ohh you. :eek:
     
  14. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

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    yeah i didnt catch the edit so i was like 'wowww this guy is assuming a bunch'

    turns out its all good and in love of :apple:
     
  15. Galley macrumors 65816

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    The aluminum model is easily worth the extra $200. :cool:
     
  16. kabunaru Guest

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    Either one would be good for you. Just follow your heart on which to choose. :)
     
  17. jasko thread starter macrumors 6502

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    lol.

    that was pretty reassuring. I am probably going to roll with the 24' Alu one. Thanks for the input guys. :apple:
     
  18. bobriot macrumors member

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    I moved from the 1.83ghz 17" to the 24" Alu 2.4ghz and although I first thought the only difference was screen size I was wrong. The extra horsepower was well worth it coupled with the 2600XT graphics.

    I sit about 5 feet from a window and although when I first power up I can see my reflection once I start using it I kind of see through it.

    Get the Alu 2600 model, you won't regret it.
     
  19. jasko thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys.
    The choice was made.


    RFB, IMAC 24/2.4/320/SD-USA



    $1,399.00


    1


    $1,399.00

    Ships by:


    Jun 13 - Jun 16

    Delivers by:


    Jun 17 - Jun 20
    Subtotal $1,399.00
    Sales Tax $83.94


    Total Price
    $1,482.94

    :eek:
     
  20. Dartholomew macrumors newbie

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    I agree - the $200 is well worth upgrading to the AL.

    This is my first glossy screen, and the glare isn't bad at all. Also, you can easily adjust the tilt (and the vertical viewing angle is fine so doing so doesn't sacrifice anything) to ameliorate any bad glare from the window/blinds.
     
  21. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

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    great choice man, enjoy when it gets there... great price too.
     
  22. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Great choice and a great machine! I should know, I have the same one. ;)

    About the only thing you may want to do is swap out the 1GB RAM for 2x2GB sticks and you're in business.

    Enjoy your new iMac!
     
  23. jasko thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yah. Well, the last refurb I bought from Apple, they hooked me up with 2GB ram instead of 1GB that was listed, so I was hopppppppppppping that they would this time too, lol. If not, the next thing on my list to spend money on is, indeed, more ram. :)

    I just need to look around on who has the best price and also try to Ebay this one that I'm on.
     

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