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Old Mar 12th, 2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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24" iMac - New or Last Gen.?

I am in the process of some research into buying a 24" iMac. Our white 20" C2D is serving us well, but we'd like to upgrade and pass the white one to our daughter (currently using a hobbled together G3 iMac not really capable of any graphics on the internet anymore).

We are by no means "power users", but I would like to buy something that will last us for as many years as possible, without having to worry about obsolescence too soon.

I am very aware of the specs and features on the Alu iMacs and know that the screen on the 24" is much better than the 20", but the jury seems to be out on whether the 24" screen is of the same S-IPS variety of the old white iMacs (the Apple site doesn't differentiate the types) or is it not quite as good?

Has anyone out there gone from the white iMac to the Alu and been really bothered by the glass screen?

Also, with an eye on Snow Leopard coming soon, is the previous generation Radeon 2600 pro dedicated graphics card a better purchase than the new Nvidia 9400 integrated video? Not that I'm doing high end video work, but what do people feel will be the better projected hardware for the new OS?

Finally, is the new 1066 Mhz RAM with expandability to 8 GB a better option than the dedicated GPU realizing that to a certain degree, more physical RAM may equal more VRAM?

Sorry for all the questions, but any thoughts on the above would be much appreciated.
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Old Mar 13th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #2
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I can only comment on the glass screen of the aluminum iMacs. They do throw up a lot of glare. Mine faces a window (a situation I can't correct) and the glare is bothersome. During the daylight hours, I have to keep the blinds closed.
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FWIW, the biggest differences between the old and the new iMac is the 8GB capacity for RAM and a much better video card. (The Radeon HD4850 and GT130 are both a good step up from the Radeon 2600). Otherwise it's the same hardware (CPU changed very marginally - not an upgrade but a revision of it)
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