Which new iMac to buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lycanthrope, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Brussels, Belgium, Europe
    Hi Folks

    A friend of mine is about to switch to Mac, he has a few basic questions and as I'm not that familiar with the new iMac range I thought someone here might quickly supply some answers.

    I know of course that all iMac's a re wireless, and I assume that the memory is user-changeable like on our G5 iMac. The video card discussion I'm not sure about at all.

    I don't personally think it's worth upgrading the CPU just for basic home use either.

    "OK, I am seriously looking at the new iMac. Just the base model, this
    already has a bigger screen than my TV so I do not really need the big
    screen, but I have a couple of questions you may be able to answer.
    Are the desktop versions wireless, not just the laptops?
    Is there any real advantage in moving up one model to change from
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics to ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with
    256MB as I have no computer games, but would like to watch DVDs
    If I did an up grade on the base model, is it better to upgrade the
    processor from 3 to 3.33 GHz, or just upgrade the memory?
    Can I upgrade the memory myself?"
  2. mreg376 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    --the iMacs have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    --for his purposes don't worry about the graphics card
    --the base 21.5" model will be great for him
    --the RAM is self-upgradable
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    The computer you mention will handle all of the tasks he mentions with ease. I'm skeptical if it will fit his needs though - it's massively expensive for something just for watching DVDs and browsing the web.

    Has he considered replacing whatever machine he has now with a new Windows 7 computer? He could perform all of the tasks mentioned just as well as on the iMac but for a fraction of the price.
  4. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    Let the guy (or gal) get a Mac and leave the headaches of Windows behind!!
  5. Lycanthrope thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Brussels, Belgium, Europe
    Cheers folks

    Indeed let's keep that nasty Windows thing outta here :eek:
  6. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Can I ask how much time you and he have spent with Snow Leopard and Windows 7?

    I've been using both for many weeks now, and to me Windows 7 is easily the more stable and reliable OS. Of course, both have their advantages and disadvantages, but it seems silly to be spending a huge amount extra on a computer to get a different OS if all he is going to do is watch DVDs.
  7. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    windows will be fine
    ram is upgradeable (not that he'll need to )
    graphics are amazing as it is
    the 21.5 has more then enough screen space
    hope this helps [​IMG]
  8. MrSEC macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2008
    You're dealing with either a kid,or a fanboi...don't waste your time.;)
  9. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    :eek: What?!?! You're not allowed saying that here. This is a Mac forum! :D ;)
  10. InvalidBassist macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2008
    I have been using both for weeks as well and haven't had many problems with either.
    Windows 7 is a good direction for Microsoft and Windows as a unit (it runs especially well on a Mac) but for someone who likes OS X/Apple then the iMac would be a good choice... for someone wanting to save some money I might recommend a Mac mini and a cheap external monitor rather than an iMac.. but the iMac has such strong visual appeal its almost worth the extra couple of hundred.
  11. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    iMac's all the way. The new 27" dual core for $1699 is an excellent choice.
    And what a screen!

    Forget the Windows crap. Nothing but a hassle.
  12. menzic macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2009
    Very useful

    This post has been really useful as I am looking at the 21" Model and was wondering if the upgrade to the graphics card would be worth the extra £250 (I appreciate you get 500GB more disk space as well). The main things I'll be using it for will be photo-editing and HD-Video Editing.

    Thanks Chaps.

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