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I love apple's simplicity and quality but I loathe their smugness...
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id have to upgrade to the i7 3.4 LOL..............

still though, just got my newlaptop a week ago, BUT next year i WILL have a 27" iMac LOL
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Just need a little bit more graphics power. If I were to shell out for an iMac, I'd wait for next year's refresh.
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Just need a little bit more graphics power. If I were to shell out for an iMac, I'd wait for next year's refresh.
you can upgrade that 6970m from 1gb to 2 gb if that helps LOL
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My question is... Is an iMac worth it for it's price tag?

I'm not starting a flamewar or anything, but everything you can do on an iMac like that can be done on a custom PC too, right?

Don't get me wrong, it looks like it is a real beauty and I'm glad Apple finally packs some hefty hardware with the iMacs, it was really needed. Then again, I think the price tag is still too high for what they offer.

The only thing I'd think it would make it worth it for me is the IPS screen, it looks gorgeous.
Hell No its not worth the Price Tag, you virtually have no upgradability
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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.)
Yes, I know the RAM is replaceable, that's why I said it was "easily replaceable". I was pointing out that even thought it's something that's super easy to replace, if you don't want to spend money and prefer to have the warranty replace the RAM then you have to take the whole computer to the service center.
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How did we get to 6 pages of responses and no one mentioned that this was the first Z68 chipset in the wild, too? And SATA (for the home server crowd that might want it to fold or HTPC or w/e after it's obsolete in 4-5 years) is really lightpeak, and much more forward compatible, IMO.

I have the bottom of the line 27" sitting on my desk next to my 15" MBP and BOY am I pleased. With "student" discount and the 3-year ironclad warranty, $1800 out the door. Very difficult price to beat.

If you're skeptic of the gear inside, check out iFixit's teardown. You'll like what you see.
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iMac-...eardown/5485/1
Edited by macintristan - 5/27/11 at 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post
Well it's pretty simple, let's see how much it would cost to build a similar systems 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

Then add the fact 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. It actually ends up being quite a bargain. 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 the monitor is built into the computer and even though it is possible to reuse the monitor, it isn't really very practical. Still, given what you get for the money as shown by my comparison, you can't really call these iMacs overpriced.
Then consider that the ram on the PC is faster, the monitor stand actually does something, you get a faster graphic card, better speakers, and the fact that PC parts go on sale frequently for much cheaper than said price (For example, I have seen the U2711 go on sale for around $800)... I'd still say building a custom PC is better in terms of price/performance. Also, like you said there are no upgrade options when you get an iMac (Other than buying another iMac, which would put the 27" IPS to waste).

However, It's still better than the last gen iMacs, the price/performance on those were absolutely terrible.
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Originally Posted by macintristan View Post
How did we get to 6 pages of responses and no one mentioned that this was the first Z68 chipset in the wild, too?
First for Apple that is.
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Then consider that the ram on the PC is faster, the monitor stand actually does something, you get a faster graphic card, better speakers, and the fact that PC parts go on sale frequently for much cheaper than said price (For example, I have seen the U2711 go on sale for around $800)... I'd still say building a custom PC is better in terms of price/performance. Also, like you said there are no upgrade options when you get an iMac (Other than buying another iMac, which would put the 27" IPS to waste).

However, It's still better than the last gen iMacs, the price/performance on those were absolutely terrible.
The monitor doesn't go to waste. It's display port works so that it's an input/output
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