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IMac G5 at Costco

by danelizer / February 24, 2006 1:34 AM PST

Hey folks,

Just bought a new IMac G5 w/20" screen, 512 RAM, at our local Costco wholesale warehouse for $1479. This is not the most tremendous of prices but it is when you consider the unit also came with a 3 year extended Apple warranty($169 at the Apple Store) in addition to Costco's generous no questions asked return policy of 6 months on computers. This of course is not the new Intel IMac but many comments are in favor of the old PowerPC processor and a thorough test of the two machines against each other at Anandtech shows the Intel is somewhat faster but not all that much. I have always wanted to try a Mac with return priveleges and now am doing it. Costco is a great place to buy computers if you don't mind waiting for the right deal to come around. Comments anyone?

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Good Deal
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 1:51 AM PST
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I like the 3 year AppleCare thrown in.

Hope you enjoy it and never have to use AppleCare or the Costco Return Policy.


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by Dan Filice / February 24, 2006 2:02 AM PST
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This G5 is a great computer. If you have any interest in downloading video from a camcorder to try you hand at video editing (an area where the Mac excels!), I suggest immediately upgrading the Ram from 512K to at least 712K or better yet, 1Gig. This will also come in handy if you plan on **** any DVD work, like copying DVDs, etc. The computer will need to load the data from a DVD into ram before making a copy, and 512K of Ram isn't enough. The same goes for video editing, which is a Ram-hog. The extra Ram will also be helpful when running multiple programs. If you have any interest in having a computer that excels in multi-media functions (like music, photos, video, DVD), the Mac will be a thrill to use and you may find that you will want to keep the computer instead of returning it. As far as the Intel-Macs, the standard Power PC processor Mac will be just fine for a few years until all the "essential" software is written specifically for the Intel processors so that it won't work on the older computers, or new hardware technology is used that also only works on Intel. But, but the time this happens, technology will have advanced in computers to where you'll want a new computer anyways.

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I wish there was an Edit/Delet button here
by Dan Filice / February 24, 2006 2:07 AM PST
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Sorry for the duplicate posting. The website hung up, didn't take the message, then it did. I wish there was a button here that allowed Editing or Deleting of a posted message.

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(NT) (NT) No sooner said than done
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 7:24 AM PST
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