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#1 Ikram

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:04 PM

Hi,
This is my first post in this forum. After 3 years of using the same PC, finally I got some money to spend on a new computer. But it is not an easy decision for me to made. Recently, one my friend told me that Apple give discount to student, which is a lot around 15% I think. So I have been looking at the 20" IMac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

IMac Specs

20-inch widescreen LCD
1680x1050 resolution
2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
4MB shared L2 cache
1GB memory (2x512MB SO-DIMM) 667 MHz
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory
Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
Apple Remote
Apple keyboard + Mighty Mouse

After discount, price = GBP 879

Besides that, I also been looking at Mesh computers,

Mesh Specs

Genuine Windows® XP Home
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6400 Processor
(2.13GHz ,2MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz)
ASUS PCIe Mainboard - nForce 570 SLI
2048MB DDR2 533MHZ Memory
250GB SATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer
2x 256MB nVIDIA Geforce 7300GS
(2 Graphics Cards in SLI™ Configuration)
19" Widescreen LCD Display(MM,DVI,8ms)
Sony 18x Super Format DVD Writer
5.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio
Logitech S200 - 2.1 Speakers + Subwoofer
8 USB, GB LAN
Logitech Cordless KB & Optical Mouse

Price = GBP 799

The Mesh is cheaper, but is there much different between 667MHz memory and 533MHz?And how about the graphic cards?For the Mesh, the screen looks cheap and I think I will drop it from the list and buy another monitor elsewhere. So can anyone help me?I just wants something that will last for a few years without new upgrade.

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Other Mesh Spec (without monitor)

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6400 Dual Core Processor(2.13GHz,2MB Cache,1066MHz)
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
Aluminium ATX Midi Tower + 550W PSU - Black
ASUS P5NSLI NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Mainboard - Pentium® D/Core™ 2 Duo - ATX
2048MB DDR2 533MHz Memory - (2x 1024MB)
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer
Super Format SONY 18x Dual Layer DVD Writer +R/-R/RW/RAM
256MB nVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT - Dual DVI,HDTV & TV-Out + DVI - PCI-Express
5.1 High Definition 6 Channel Audio Codec (on-board)
Logitech S200 - 2.1 Speakers with Subwoofer
Logitech Cordless Keyboard & Cordless Optical Mouse

Price GBP 771 + 20" widescreen monitor (maybe around GBP300)

Edited by Ikram, 17 October 2006 - 09:12 PM.


#2 Freka

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:08 PM

i am not a real tech guy but I like pc's more because everything works more on them and plus with the new windows thats coming out its going to be a huge change.

#3 endrit10

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:47 PM

gET THE 3RD ONE

#4 WinMatrics

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 11:54 PM

Well actually, I suggest you wait until Vista comes pre-loaded on a system, not only because it will have great integration, but also because you don't have to go through the trouble of installing another OS. Also, by the time Vista comes out, Quad-Core will be out, so your computer will be a lot better anyway. :)

Of course, this is only if you have a ton of patience.

#5 Darth Facehead

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 02:43 AM

It really depends on what you use it for. If you're a gamer you should get a Windows PC. If you work with producing video, music, or Photoshop, get the iMac.

Edited by Darth Facehead, 18 October 2006 - 02:45 AM.


#6 cmkumar2k

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 03:06 AM

The processor, HDD, RAM, Graphics Card and Monitor are the most important thing and need to keep in mind (bcoz they are directly pinned with the type/nature of usage of the computer) and u will find the difference only on these pieces across different brands.

From UR list.. i recommend u to go for the third one... and will not be a problem for next 5 yrs even if there is any new release of OS or any advanced games... :)

#7 orcus

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 03:33 AM

Get PC wait for windows vista....sooner than you expect....

#8 hugo

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:55 AM

If u heve the money, buy a mac. In a few weeks they get new CPU's and if u really want to use windows u can use bootcamp.

#9 Ikram

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:15 PM

thanks for the opinions. finally i decided to buy the 3rd config. btw when is the quad-core processor coming out??it is intel or amd processor?and can someone suggest a good 20" monitor, with price around GBP 300 to GBP 400. not willing to spend more than.

one more thing, can a sata hdd and sata II hdd be on the same system?cause my old 120gb sata hdd still works fine and i was thinking to put it into my new computer (3rd config).

Edited by Ikram, 18 October 2006 - 08:18 PM.


#10 WinMatrics

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 11:36 PM

thanks for the opinions. finally i decided to buy the 3rd config. btw when is the quad-core processor coming out??it is intel or amd processor?and can someone suggest a good 20" monitor, with price around GBP 300 to GBP 400. not willing to spend more than.

one more thing, can a sata hdd and sata II hdd be on the same system?cause my old 120gb sata hdd still works fine and i was thinking to put it into my new computer (3rd config).


Quad-core will first be released only to servers, then a month or so later released for public use. Both Intel and AMD are coming, but AMD I think will come first.

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