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Never even been on a Mac before i would like to purchase an older iMac. Is the os easy to learn? And what the different os's and the best one to use?

Can they do pretty much anything a windows pc can do?

I see a few on Craigslist in my area for $199 2Ghz, 512Mb ram , 160 sata hd, wifi and bluetooth Radeon 1600x gpu ( I think) and one with a Nvidia 5200.
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What iMac gen are you looking at?
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Originally Posted by Marin View Post
What iMac gen are you looking at?
Not sure...
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I'm on a imac right. It is the same difficulty as win 7 in terms of interface and it can do everything except game 3d. It doesn't really matter what I use since I'm still using the same programs on both my computers
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Originally Posted by amdcpu4life View Post
Never even been on a Mac before i would like to purchase an older iMac. Is the os easy to learn? And what the different os's and the best one to use?

Can they do pretty much anything a windows pc can do?

I see a few on Craigslist in my area for $199 2Ghz, 512Mb ram , 160 sata hd, wifi and bluetooth Radeon 1600x gpu ( I think) and one with a Nvidia 5200.
Depenping on which model you buy buy Id run the newest OS X its capable of running. The OS is simple to learn and has alot of neat features.
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as long as it has an intel processor, it is fine for what you want to do
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post #7 of 7
Make sure you don't get the earliest core duo intels (or G5) unless your budget is shot!)

The core 2 duo is the earliest generation that will support lion (64bit only). I doubt that you will find one for $2-400... some of those early white ones may be < $500 for the 20" iMac.

OTOH @ $199 for a 2Ghz G5, pretty slick machine, the design is awesome. Matte IPS display too. If you max out the ram to 2G it will be somewhat snappy. The latest os would be Leopard. Pretty similar to lion now, but lion will be gaining iCloud.

You can only develop for IOS on a Intel machine, FWIW.
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