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Ok, firstly - those of you who don't like iMac / Apple products and think they are overpriced - PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POST - I have done the research and I think iMacs are worth the cost! Tha… Read More
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
Ok, firstly - those of you who don't like iMac / Apple products and think they are overpriced - PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POST - I have done the research and I think iMacs are worth the cost! Thank you!

Now, Apple are hold their WWDC today and I am waiting til after they have made their announcements (starting at 6pm) as there are rumours that Snow Leopard OS will be released soon. Hopefully they will give a release date but if it is months away then I am just going to order the iMac today and upgrade to Snow Leopard when it is released (any idea how much the upgrade is? I am assuming £100+?).

I know there are quite a few users on here who own iMacs so was wondering if they could answer some of my questions (rather than me going down to PC World yet again and being told a load of rubbish because they don't know what they are talking about!).

First of all, I will be ordering direct from the Apple Website (no Apple store near me - boo!). I am considering upgrading my hard drive from a 640GB to a 1TB at a cost of £80. Am I right in thinking that this will be my only chance to upgrade the hard drive (seeing as iMacs aren't really upgradeable?). If so, would you suggest upgrading to ITB or is 640GB enough? The iMac would just be used for the internet, word processing, photo editiing, itunes and the odd game. Nothing to strenous!

Secondly, do iMacs come with any preinstalled games? By games I just mean things like cards? Its not really important, I am just wondering! If not, is it possible to download mini games like that, such as apps?

That is all for now!

Thanks
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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This is more of a personal point of view rather than being able to answer your questions directly.... but I think that if I could afford the extra £80 to upgrade to 1TB at purchase stage, then I would do it - thinking from a future-proofing point.

However, 640gig is a heck of a lot of HDD space. I've had a G4 Powerbook for nearly 4 years which has an 80gb hard drive. I use it for iTunes, photos, various downloaded programs, store the odd movie on there etc and I've still got about 20gb hard drive left - with just some regular house-keeping done on any junk I don't want.... so, do you really need 1TB ?
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meandog101
This is more of a personal point of view rather than being able to answer your questions directly.... but I think that if I could afford the extra £80 to upgrade to 1TB at purchase stage, then I would do it - thinking from a future-proofing point.

However, 640gig is a heck of a lot of HDD space. I've had a G4 Powerbook for nearly 4 years which has an 80gb hard drive. I use it for iTunes, photos, various downloaded programs, store the odd movie on there etc and I've still got about 20gb hard drive left - with just some regular house-keeping done on any junk I don't want.... so, do you really need 1TB ?


That is my problem, I don't know. I am not that tech minded so I am not sure how much I need but like you, I thought it may be a good idea to future proof it. I intend on keeping the iMac for at least three years (as I will be getting the Applecare Protection Plan which lasts three years).
#3
First: Apple will not release Snow Leopard any time soon ( you're looking at a couple of months yet)

Second: 640GB will be more than enough I am sure, you can always buy external drives and TBH to replace the HDD in an iMac isn't impossible.

Third: Apples OS currently is around £80 so I can't see 10.6 being much difference in price.

Fourth: Apples do come with some games (most demos), unfortunetly no solitaire or pinball. You can download quite a few free games from Apples Download section there are loads of freeware & Shareware games in there. If your into more mainstream gaming your best bet is to install windows side by side with OSX and run them on the windows side... PC games are more plentyful and a lot cheaper.
#4
The only potential issue with the hard drive is just how many pictures/movies (as in home videos) you have. If you're picture crazy and planning on having your iMac for a while (which you probably are), then an upgrade to the 1TB might well be worth it. But otherwise 640GB is a huge hard drive that should be more than sufficient.

On the games point, as Celticsun said there are loads of free downloads available on the Apple website and elsewhere. There are plenty of fun and free games available to play on your dashboard as well, again from Apple's website. For proper gaming, again as Celticsun said, get a copy of Windows XP and install it via Bootcamp (which will come with the Mac). If you only want to play older PC games that are more moderate in terms of specs, you could then pick up a copy of Parallels or VMFusion to run them via Windows on in OSX. They cost £40-50 each though, so only worth picking up if you're going to use that future. Useful for running smaller windows apps and games in OSX without the need to restart.
#5
If you buy a mac now, you can get the snow leopard disc for £7.95 rather than the £20 they're charging customers to upgrade when it's released in September.

640GB is LOADS of space, however, if you can afford the £80, then you could upgrade it to 1TB. I guess if you're going to keep it for 3 years then you may require extra space down the line.

bear in mind that external drive costs are coming down all the time, so say in 2 years time you need more space, I'm sure you could get a 500GB drive for about 50quid, probably even less
#6
dcx_badass
Where abouts are you as I can get it with student discount, so 14% off, you save 14% and I get a cheap ipod touch as part of the promotion, everyones a winner!


I'm in Leicester if that's any good to you. I can offer the same as above, and have it shipped for about £25. It'd be £1055.70+ £43 for applecare which is usually about £100 I think ad you'd get a free HP C4480 printer if I can keep the ipod :)

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