It's like I'm always finding new 'paths' on the road to purchasing a system ....
I'm trying to find a Mac for my mother and this has been a real struggle. She wants an iMac and I've recently moved her into wanting an eMac. We've decided on the SuperDrive 80GB - I'm suppose to be purchasing the system for this weekend. She's a very basic user - internet, email, iTunes. We want the SuperDrive to back-up her music collect and for the larger hard-drive (we're not purchasing a custom configured system.)
I've just stumbled across an older iMac demo model. It's a 15 inch, 800Mhz G4, SuperDrive, 256 ram, 60GB, upgraded with 10.3. I believe they're going to drop this price to about $1000 - $1200.
1) Other than the screen size (15 vs 17,) what would be the important differences to note between the systems? (I've posted each system's specs below.)
2) What do you think is the best value - considering she loves the iMac screen (would prefer a 17" though) and we want this computer to be quite zippy for years to come. The ram speed and bus speed and processor speed all worry me.
3) At what price would the 15" iMac be a no brainer?
SPECS ON OLDER IMAC
Processor: MPC 7451
Processor Speed: 800 MHz
Data Path: 64 bit
Bus Speed: 100 MHz
Level 1 Cache: N/A
Level 2 Cache: 256k on-chip at processor speed
Level 3 Cache: N/A
Slots: 1 AGP (used by GeForce graphics card)
The no-brainer is realizing that no matter how cheap the flat panel iMac become this year (if upcoming revisions ever surface), that the best bang for your buck is the eMac.
The iLamp's clock speed is less and the RAM chips used are much more expensive. (SO-DIMMs)
I just purchased a 1.25 eMac (so i am biased), but if you want something that will feel 'zippy' for a while, buy an eMac and spend extra money on upgrading the RAM.