Which iMacs should we get?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Luke1robb, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Luke1robb macrumors 6502a

    Luke1robb

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    I am putting together a proposal for my university for 10 iMacs and we are looking at a couple options...

    1) Current 2.8 GHz (High-end) with:
    a) 2GB
    b) 4GB (maxed out)

    2) Current 3.06 GHz (Ultimate) with:
    a) 2GB
    b) 4GB (maxed out)

    The following models are rumored for tomorrow or the coming weeks:

    3) New 2.8 GHz (High-end) with:
    a) 4GB
    b) 8GB (maxed out)

    4) New 3.06 GHz (Ultimate) with:
    a) 4GB
    b) 8GB (maxed out)

    Once the iMac is updated, the current models will be discounted
    extremely. On the other hand, the new models will carry better graphics cards, but as of right now it seems like nothing else. What are your thoughts about which model we should pursue? Please choose one current model option and one rumored "new" model, as well as which model you think is absolutely best.

    Note: These computers will be used for 3 years at least and will not be upgraded (RAM) after purchase. It is also important to note that the computers' hard drives will be wiped of non-"frozen" files and programs that will always be on the computers when rebooted. Here are the programs that will be put on the computers:

    Creative Suite 4 Design Premium
    Final Cut Express 4
    iLife '09
    iWork ’09
    Deep Freeze for Mac
    Aperture 2
    Microsoft Office for Mac 2008
    MathType 6.0 for Mac

    Thanks for the help,
    Luke
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    I'd go for the max your school budget will allow and hope it's the best in the market today as they will be used heavily and those are some pretty intense apps you'll be using (some).
     
  3. Luke1robb thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Luke1robb

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    But the question is: Is the top machine needed? I know we should go for the best possible, but what do you think we need and also what do you think we should get?
     
  4. Luke1robb thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Luke1robb

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    Anything else new in the new iMacs?

    Does anyone see there being anything new with the new iMacs other than processors, ram, and different SKU set-up (3 24", 1 20")? Trackpad for desktop? New set-up?
     

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