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post #41 of 110
I'm not saying buy an iMac instead of a custom built PC, but let's just see how much it would cost to build a similar system to the top end $1999 27" iMac:

Apple iMac 27" 3.1GHz Specifications
Intel i5 2400 3.1GHz
4GB DDR3-1333
HD6970M 1GB (960SPs)
1TB 7200RPM HDD
Slot Load DVD Burner
802.11n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Mac OS X 10.6.7
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple Magic Mouse
27" 2560x1440 IPS LCD
FaceTime HD WebCam
Total: $1,999 free shipping + tax

Custom Built PC Specifications
Intel i5 2400 3.1GHz: $189.99
Gigabyte Z68 LGA1155 Mobo: $104.99
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB DDR3-1600: $49.99
MSI HD6850 1GB (960SPs): $149.99
WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM HDD: $59.99
Antec Eco 520W PSU: $59.99
Cooler Master HAF 912: $49.99
LG DVD Burner: $18.99
Linksys 802.11n Dual-Band Wi-Fi: $49.99
Asus USB Bluetooth + EDR Dongle: $9.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM: $99.99
Apple Wired Aluminum Keyboard: $49.99
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse: $59.99
Logitech S120 2.0 Speaker System: $14.99
Dell U2711 27" 2560x1440 IPS LCD: $999
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000: $34.99
Total: $2,002.85 + shipping & tax after MIRs

Obviously you can get components on sale and all, but it's still pretty surprising how close in price the iMac and custom system are with each other. Then add the fact that the iMac is an all-in-one computer which usually cost more. It uses some more expensive laptop components (like the video card). Plus the enclosure is made of aluminum and it's an Apple computer which are almost always more expensive. With all things considered it actually ends up being a pretty good buy. Now all-in-one computers are not for everyone. They are hard to upgrade, if the component in question is even upgradable. Plus as stated in this review, with the monitor being built into the computer and the monitor being worth so much, it's a shame it can't be kept for your next computer since monitors are not usually upgraded very often. It is technically possible to reuse the monitor but it's not very practical since it's has a computer inside it as well. Still, given what you get for the money as shown by my comparison, you can't really call these iMacs overpriced. Again I'm not recommending people buy an iMac instead of building a system, but I just wanted to show that the iMacs are not bad values and are not really even overpriced for what you get.
Edited by Ben the OCer - 5/28/11 at 12:08am
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This is the iMac I've always wanted. Seriously considering replacing my i7 rig with one of these.
    
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post #43 of 110
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Originally Posted by SmokinWaffle View Post
This is the iMac I've always wanted. Seriously considering replacing my i7 rig with one of these.
Im in the same boat man. Enough gpu performance for me to play the games I want, its spec'd with similar hardware to my current rig and has that tasty 27" screen to boot. I might just part out my rig and buy one
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post #44 of 110
While I am more of a tower + monitor person, this is rather sexy. Faster in everyway to my current system in an all-in-one is proof I need an upgrade. But alas...I'd still want a tower. That monitor though...it's so pretty...
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post #45 of 110
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Originally Posted by konoii View Post
To get a decent, top of the line 27inch iMac, excluding an SSD, its going to cost you ~$2,800 after tax/shipping.
False.
 
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post #46 of 110
A beautiful machine; I've thought many times about pulling the trigger on one of these but I just keep getting drawn to the 15" MacBook Pro instead because then I can take it home on weekends and they are approximately the same power.

It's quite funny though to see them put the Dell and HP all-in-one variants. Having seen both in person I must say they look truly awful next to the iMac.
post #47 of 110
Was considering the previous gen iMac before I built my sig rig, but really the only thing that attracted me to the thing was the screen, so I'm did a compromise: built my own system and get a 27" Cinema Display.
post #48 of 110
I wouldn't say they are overpriced. Actually I would say it's the only apple product that isn't overpriced. That said, from experience, I can tell you that they are a pain in the @$$ to take a apart and put back together. By far the worse part is keeping the glass clean before putting it back. Dust particles, small hairs, etc just love to stick to it in the small time gap between cleaning the glass and putting it on the frame.

It supports only one internal hard drive and if some part like the video card, motherboard (I'm sorry Apple, I meant Logic Board), PSU, etc. you're stuck without a computer until warranty fixes it. It's not like you can put any motherboard in with the same socket and memory type and keep working.

Hell, even a replaceable part goes bad, like the RAM, which is easily replaceable, you still have to drag the whole thing to the service center to get it fixed.

The iMac does have its market, but it's not my cup of tea.
post #49 of 110
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Originally Posted by MakubeX View Post
I wouldn't say they are overpriced. Actually I would say it's the only apple product that isn't overpriced. That said, from experience, I can tell you that they are a pain in the @$$ to take a apart and put back together. By far the worse part is keeping the glass clean before putting it back. Dust particles, small hairs, etc just love to stick to it in the small time gap between cleaning the glass and putting it on the frame.

It supports only one internal hard drive and if some part like the video card, motherboard (I'm sorry Apple, I meant Logic Board), PSU, etc. you're stuck without a computer until warranty fixes it. It's not like you can put any motherboard in with the same socket and memory type and keep working.

Hell, even a replaceable part goes bad, like the RAM, which is easily replaceable, you still have to drag the whole thing to the service center to get it fixed.

The iMac does have its market, but it's not my cup of tea.
The good news is that the RAM is user-replaceable. All you need is a Philips screwdriver and new RAM. It doesn't void the warranty either.

I do have to say, even though they're a pain to fix, they're the easiest all-in-ones to fix. For instance, trying to get into HP's is pretty much like trying to open a door without a handle. (Actually, now that I think about it, even their ProBooks are hard to get open now since there's no visible screws on the bottom.)
post #50 of 110
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Originally Posted by King Lycan View Post
Well it is overpriced none the less. You can get something way better for $1700
You obviously don't get the point.

Let's throw a theoretical question at you. Why buy a Ford F450 Lariat when you can buy a BMW M3 for the same price? Since the M3 is faster, the F450 must be overpriced then...
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