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Old 05-03-11, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default New Sandy Bridge iMacs

http://www.apple.com/imac/

http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html

Specs are pretty nice for a desktop. $1200 for a 21" iMac, Core i5, AMD Radeon 6750 HD, Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD Cam. Not bad. Too bad since I don't need a new desktop.
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Old 05-03-11, 11:15 AM   #2
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How good is the 6970M option? It's a mobile GPU, right?
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Old 05-03-11, 06:13 PM   #3
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Yeah... kinda' ot but I just disassembled my first iMac the other day. Had to get to the HDD to attempt a data backup for a client, and then install a new HDD. What a PITA!!!!

This alone convinced me to *never* own an iMac.
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Old 05-03-11, 07:40 PM   #4
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Will probably be getting a 27" at work. Should be good for what it is, not something I'd want myself but I'm sure it will do the job we want just fine. The main reason for me deciding to go down this route is that you get a decent screen without an excessive cost. I know you can get a Dell 27" for $700 which has better colour accuracy but a Mac Pro is too much for the money and convincing the boss to go with PC when every design firm we deal with here are brainwashed to believe Mac is always unquestionably better for design just isn't worth putting myself out there over.

The upgrade to the i7 probably isn't worth it for the money they ask. I can't really bring myself to buy any upgrade from Apple since they seem to smack an extra 25-50% on it no matter what. I realise changing the CPU down the line isn't really an option, but somehow I think a 3.1GHz i5 will be enough.
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Old 05-03-11, 08:56 PM   #5
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Will probably be getting a 27" at work. Should be good for what it is, not something I'd want myself but I'm sure it will do the job we want just fine. The main reason for me deciding to go down this route is that you get a decent screen without an excessive cost. I know you can get a Dell 27" for $700 which has better colour accuracy but a Mac Pro is too much for the money and convincing the boss to go with PC when every design firm we deal with here are brainwashed to believe Mac is always unquestionably better for design just isn't worth putting myself out there over.

The upgrade to the i7 probably isn't worth it for the money they ask. I can't really bring myself to buy any upgrade from Apple since they seem to smack an extra 25-50% on it no matter what. I realise changing the CPU down the line isn't really an option, but somehow I think a 3.1GHz i5 will be enough.
What are you using the machine for?
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Old 05-04-11, 04:37 AM   #6
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$1200 is pretty expensive those specs...
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Old 05-04-11, 08:55 AM   #7
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Yeah... kinda' ot but I just disassembled my first iMac the other day. Had to get to the HDD to attempt a data backup for a client, and then install a new HDD. What a PITA!!!!

This alone convinced me to *never* own an iMac.
WTF you talking about? I've owned an iMac (and I'm using it right now) since 2007 and I take it apart all the time. It's not that difficult at all. Just need a "suction-cup-glass-holder or dent-puller" to get the glass off... and the rest is just torx screws.

It's an all-in-one. I've taken apart laptops that were way more difficult.

I suppose compared to an ATX tower, you are right. But, again... it's an all-in-one... you have to think of it as a hybrid of a laptop and a desktop... so it will never be as accessible as a desktop or tower case.

There's some fairly amazing engineering inside an iMac (compared to Gateway or HP all-in-ones). It's one of the reasons Apple charges so much for their ****.

Here's the cool thing... I bought my iMac in late 2007...I gradually got to the point of using it for everything except gaming (My Windows Gaming Rig does that and ONLY that... I don't even surf with it). So that $1200 that everyone is bitching about as "being so expensive", has lasted me 4 years and I still don't feel any pressure to upgrade. I've upgraded the OS once for $29, and bought extra RAM on Newegg (because Apple's component upgrade prices are super stupid). I surf, edit photos, edit movies, rip, torrent, use MS Office 2011, transcode, etc. etc. all on my iMac...

...S**T THAT SHOULDN'T BE DONE ON A (Pure) GAMING RIG!
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What are you using the machine for?
Probably the same as every other Mac user uses it for, to bloviate about how superior they are to all other computer users....
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Old 05-04-11, 09:02 AM   #9
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There's some fairly amazing engineering inside an iMac (compared to Gateway or HP all-in-ones). It's one of the reasons Apple charges so much for their ****.
Lol, drink more koolaid...the reason they charge so much for their hardware is because people like you buy it at that price level. The hardware inside mac is no diffrent than whats inside a PC, NONE. every company that makes PC components and hardware go throught the same design and engineering process as Apple. Its just lemmings such as yourself are willing to pay the 40% markup that Apple places on its hardware.


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Here's the cool thing... I bought my iMac in late 2007...I gradually got to the point of using it for everything except gaming (My Windows Gaming Rig does that and ONLY that... I don't even surf with it). So that $1200 that everyone is bitching about as "being so expensive", has lasted me 4 years and I still don't feel any pressure to upgrade. I've upgraded the OS once for $29, and bought extra RAM on Newegg (because Apple's component upgrade prices are super stupid). I surf, edit photos, edit movies, rip, torrent, use MS Office 2011, transcode, etc. etc. all on my iMac...
And this is any diffrent than any other pc how?
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WTF you talking about? I've owned an iMac (and I'm using it right now) since 2007 and I take it apart all the time. It's not that difficult at all. Just need a "suction-cup-glass-holder or dent-puller" to get the glass off... and the rest is just torx screws.

It's an all-in-one. I've taken apart laptops that were way more difficult.

I suppose compared to an ATX tower, you are right. But, again... it's an all-in-one... you have to think of it as a hybrid of a laptop and a desktop... so it will never be as accessible as a desktop or tower case.

There's some fairly amazing engineering inside an iMac (compared to Gateway or HP all-in-ones). It's one of the reasons Apple charges so much for their ****.

Here's the cool thing... I bought my iMac in late 2007...I gradually got to the point of using it for everything except gaming (My Windows Gaming Rig does that and ONLY that... I don't even surf with it). So that $1200 that everyone is bitching about as "being so expensive", has lasted me 4 years and I still don't feel any pressure to upgrade. I've upgraded the OS once for $29, and bought extra RAM on Newegg (because Apple's component upgrade prices are super stupid). I surf, edit photos, edit movies, rip, torrent, use MS Office 2011, transcode, etc. etc. all on my iMac...

...S**T THAT SHOULDN'T BE DONE ON A (Pure) GAMING RIG!
Oh I'm well aware that's it's an all-in-one, and any such rig, be it from HP, Gateway, Dell, or Apple, will be a PITA to disassemble and reassemble for something as simple and straight forward as an HDD replacement. They made the RAM super easy to access, so that's awesome. But a HDD upgrade? Not gonna' happen. Multiple HDDs? Can't go there. Need more storage, get a bigger drive. Need fast storage? Well if speed is the ultimate factor you could slap an SSD in there with some brackets, but then for large storage you're relying on external HDDs which will then drop your transfer rates down again.

But like I said, it'd be the same with any AIO, whether it be from Apple, HP, Dell, etc.

Just not for me is all.
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Lol, drink more koolaid...the reason they charge so much for their hardware is because people like you buy it at that price level. The hardware inside mac is no diffrent than whats inside a PC, NONE. every company that makes PC components and hardware go throught the same design and engineering process as Apple. Its just lemmings such as yourself are willing to pay the 40% markup that Apple places on its hardware.


And this is any diffrent than any other pc how?
This here is why I'll never pay for a mac. My current rig can do everything his iMac can, including gaming, just as well. And it cost me less than $1200.

If I ever lose interest in Gaming I'll just throw Ubuntu/Kubuntu or maybe OS X on here.
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Old 05-04-11, 09:17 AM   #12
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The iMac's are nice if you just want a computer and are not into tinkering or upgrades.

I wouldn't buy a iMac unless it was offered at work or something.

The only Mac i'd ever get in the Macbook Pro or Air. The Mac Pro is nice, but way overpriced.

The ACD is very nice also.
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