A friend just bought the 20"...he is quite happy but is kicking himself at not upgrading the RAM. Standard config is 1G @ 2 x 512Mb sticks. If he wants to go to 2Gs then he has to go out and buy two 1G sticks of RAM.
I just bought a refreshed 24"iMac at the Apple store at the last sale. Wait till month end and call around. Sale is always the weekend closest to the 1st of the month, and starts Friday AM. I bought a 24". I have not noticed any issues withthe 1GB ram yet.
Go big to at least the 20".
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If money is a factor, and I'm assuming it is because you're looking at refurbished, why not go for the 17 inch and up the ram. Wait for a sale on another 17 inch monitor and plug it in. You get more screen real estate than the 20 inch and more ram. I've used two monitors for years and find it hard to work otherwise.
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f money is a factor, and I'm assuming it is because you're looking at refurbished, why not go for the 17 inch and up the ram. Wait for a sale on another 17 inch monitor and plug it in. You get more screen real estate than the 20 inch and more ram. I've used two monitors for years and find it hard to work otherwise.
Yeah, that's sort of where I was headed. If you don't need the option of the more powerful video card options available on the larger iMacs, then the 17" with 2GB RAM and a nice second monitor can be a neat deal.
Overall though, I feel the 20" is the best value...and you can save up for the 2nd monitor
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I will use it for Surfing the internet, itunes & ipod,
downloading prison break episodes that I missed. I think I'll go for the 20" since I'm stuck with the size of the monitor and i don't want to add a second monitor, I like the simplicity of the imac, I'm looking forward to having a clean desk finally.
thnx for the tip about the sale,
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Keep in mind, there are 2 17" iMacs. One has a dedicated video card (read better for gaming/video performance) and one has Intel GMA video. Still decent, but doesn't compare to the dedicated card for performance. If this is a concern for you.. make sure you take note of which you're buying.
I was in the same spot you were and decided to go for the 20". The 24" was awesome but actually was too big in my little office space. So for $600 dollars less than the 24" I re-invested some of that money and got the wireless keyboard/mouse and upped memory to 2 GB. Can't go wrong with the 17" either. Another thing I would think about is how long do you want to keep the new iMac? I ask that because if you go cheaper it will be easier to get a new model say in two years that might blow away any recent models now. (one reason I didn't go for the mac pro).