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Need help choosing Imac configurations

by volitaire77 / September 21, 2008 2:27 AM PDT

Hello all! I am probably going to get a new Imac for my family around Christmas time. I'm already a user of Mac OS 10.5, but the configuration options are a bit overwhelming! This machine will be used for basic internet tasks, email, and several Microsoft Office programs; pretty basic stuff. It will only be used by novice users, if that helps. I know I defiantly do NOT need the 24 inch model, but want to future-proof this desktop for the next several year and also to have enough ram to maybe install Snow Leopard when it's released. If anyone has any suggestions or advice, I'd be grateful! Thanks!

Volitaire

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by volitaire77 / September 21, 2008 2:44 AM PDT

By the way, if any of you could give me the price of the recommended configs, that would be great!

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Try the high-end 20-inch iMac
by tleMega / September 21, 2008 5:22 AM PDT

If you want this thing to last as long as possible, try the high-end 20-inch model. It is powerful enough to last, and it will be able to handle the average, daily tasks that you want to use it for. This model starts at $1499, with a 2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM (max of 4GB), and a 320GB HD (up to 750GB options). I'd recommend getting AppleCare to go with it. Snow Leopard will most likely run on all Intel Macs; any Mac you buy before the release of OS 10.6 will not be obsolete. Now if you'd rather get the low-end iMac, which starts at $1199, you can still get a larger hard drive and 4GB of RAM. The only difference is the processor speed and the graphics card memory. I would go the the 2.66Ghz model, considering those differences, just so that it can handle everything these "novice" users are going to do on it. But if we are talking extremely basic stuff, and that alone, then check out the base model. It really just depends.

The only real customization options you may want to look at are the hard drive and memory options. For memory, look at online vendors. They usually sell the same RAM for much less. If you need extra space, consider upgrading to a 500GB or 750GB drive, since you won't be able to swap the drive later (without voiding the warranty that is). Hope this helps.

-BMF

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thanks!
by volitaire77 / September 21, 2008 7:41 AM PDT

Thanks for your advice. I'll defiantly consider it!

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