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Advice wanted on a cheap iMac

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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I'm getting the urge to buy a cheapish iMac G4 or G5 to use as a media system for music/films etc in the bedroom.

Can anyone give me some advice on the lowest (hence cheapest) spec that would do.

What would I need to be able to play, divx and 720/1080 HD files?

Thanks.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
No Mac fans on here then?
1 Like #2
You would need an Intel Mac as an absolute minimum if you want to play 1080p files, so theft is probably your only option for a cheap suitable Mac. G4s are too underpowered in both cpu and gpu. G5s are too noisy for a bedroom setup and the gpu on the G5 iMacs might not manage 1080p if I remember rightly.
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I think I have had 4 macs in the past, but have had to send each and every one back because I just couldnt make the transition!! - They still attract me even tho I only sent the last one back a month or so ago!!

I would say keep an eye out on ebay but they sell for top dollar on there, perhaps a new mac mini? Only a few hundred quid.
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Mac minis are great; small, extremely quiet, OS X is an awesome operating system once you get accustomed to it. True they are pricey for what you get in terms of spec, but worth every penny.
#5
I remember years ago in work, they had some old clearance mac mini's for £150, should have snapped them up!! Diddnt know they were like £500 now, not worth it, £200 more for a macbook.
#6
dcx_badass
Macs are always miles behind spec wise, so an old mac and 1080P no chance, why not just get a PC and stick XBMC on it? Acer Revo is only £130.


Absolutely untrue about always being behind on spec. The Mac Pro, for instance, was ahead of the game on release. The all-in-ones are only just matching the iMac and often still charging more for less. It's just that when the rest catch up with Apple, the perceived value drops. The problem is that Apple will always prefer to spec up and overspec in most cases rather than drop the price and its profit margin.

Not personally a fan of Apple hardware, except the Mac mini, just saying.
banned#7
dcx_badass
Nah it took them ages to get Core 2 Duo, and they've only just got I7 recently. Graphics cards wise they fall behind aswell (although are getting a little better).


We get it - you don't like Macs.

But I doubt you're their target market.
banned#8
dcx_badass
If they weren't a complete waste of money I'd like them.


Exactly. Not their target market.
#9
Thanks for all your advice, I might just give it a miss then and look at the Acer Revo and a new monitor.

I'll dish out some rep tomorrow, but I'm off for a sleep now.
#10
dcx_badass
Nah it took them ages to get Core 2 Duo, and they've only just got I7 recently. Graphics cards wise they fall behind aswell (although are getting a little better).


I seem to remember even the lowly Macbook getting 2GHz+ C2D chips, whilst similarly priced Dells and Sonys were making do with 1.6GHz, and crappy battery life when I got mine, but I bow to your superior memory.

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