Imac question

Apr 30, 2008
In the sticks, Illinois
24in - How big of a difference would I see getting the 3.06GHz over the 2.8GHZ?

I am mainly looking for speed for processing images with lightroom and CS3. I think getting the 2.8GHz and upgrading ram would be the better choice.

Also...I am thinking. Bigger is better. Has anyone gotten the 20 inch and said, I should of gone bigger?

I am going to the apple store later to play. We'll see

Snap Happy Girl

Well you know what I think!!! :biggrin: I love my office 24" iMac and somehow I think you might like a D300 to go along with it.
I think that maxing out the RAM would make more of a difference than the increase in processor speed between 3.06 GHz and 2.8 GHz.......

As for size, I would recommend the 24" for two reasons. First, there have been some reports that the quality of the 20" monitor is not the same as that of the 24" and secondly, the 24" provides more screen real estate. The latter is very helpful when post-processing images.
Feb 11, 2007
Sanford, FL
Real Name
William Beem
1: RAM is definitely more of a performance boost than CPU. Make sure you can afford to max out the ram (buy 3rd party to save money) before spending on CPU.

2: Yes, the 24" is much nicer than the 20" model. You want it. The only thing you want more is a 30" screen (or two).
Apr 30, 2008
In the sticks, Illinois
Thanks for the links Scott. I checked out that website and the memory for my Macbook pro was a decent price.

Connie and Bill...I looked at the 24in yesterday while visiting the Apple store and was in awe. When I did full screen for pictures I was amazed. They looked VERY good.

I then walked over to the 20in and was like ehhh. I kept looking back over my shoulder at the 24in and it had this look like, "buuuuuuuuy me."

I am still up in the air on what I want to do.

Gretchen...can I just have one from you work?!
I then walked over to the 20in and was like ehhh. I kept looking back over my shoulder at the 24in and it had this look like, "buuuuuuuuy me."

:biggrin: :biggrin:

Boy, don't I know THAT one!!! :biggrin: :biggrin:

The day I went to "just look" at the new MacBook Air machines when they first arrived in the store, I picked one up, admired it, set it down, typed on it and put it through its paces, then realized that time was passing and that I needed to be moving on. I quite impulsively picked the display MBA up again and hugged it before gently setting it back down..... Oops, right then I knew I was a goner. I couldn't buy one that day because the store only just had the display models, due to some shipping issues, but, yep, the very next week as soon as they had the machines in inventory to sell, I was back there buying my very own!

These Apple machines do have a way of sending out the siren song.....

Good luck with your upcoming purchase!!!
May 3, 2005
Owings Mills, MD
LOL Connie!!! As for the 24 inch iMac... there was a big box under the Christmas tree!! :Love: I have been enjoying mine for 8 months. PC by day (2 x 19 inch screens) and iMac at night. I plan to max out the RAM soon. Love my Mac... but have to stay away from Connie or I will catch Apple fever again!! :tongue::tongue::tongue:
Apr 30, 2008
In the sticks, Illinois
Hmmmmmm. Not a bad deal.

Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
24-inch glossy widescreen display
1GB memory
320GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight Camera
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Original price: $1,799.00
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This would leave some extra money to buy more memory and a monitor calibration software.

Hmmmm what to do...what to do. :biggrin:
Feb 28, 2006
Seattle WA
Refurbished is a great way to go.

I know several folks who have bought refurbished and had a few issues but Apple fixed them without any problems.

24" is the only way to go IMHO.

Good luck!

BTW. I wish there was a new form factor for all their machine. Excluding the MBA; the notebooks, iMacs and Pros have looked the same for wayyyy too long.
Apr 30, 2008
In the sticks, Illinois
Here are the specs:

Product Details

Model Refurbished 24-inch iMac
Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
L2 Cache 4MB Shared
System bus 800MHz
Memory 1GB (one SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300), supports up to 4GB
Hard drive 320GB Serial ATA; 7200 rpm
Optical drive Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Display 24-inch (viewable) glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD, 1920 by 1200 pixels, millions of colors
Video Built-in iSight; mini-DVI output port with support for DVI, VGA, S-video, and composite video connections via adapter
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
FireWire One FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port; 7 watts each
USB Three USB 2.0 ports on computer; two USB 2.0 ports on keyboard
Audio Built-in stereo speakers with 24-watt digital amplifier, built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
Ethernet Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Wireless Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module
Hardware accessories Apple Remote, Apple Keyboard, and Mighty Mouse
Other Built-in IR receiver
# Size and weight Height: 20.5 inches (52.0 cm)
# Width: 22.4 inches (56.9 cm)
# Depth: 8.1 inches (20.7 cm)
# Weight: 25.4 pounds (11.5 kg)


I am going to go ahead and pull the trigger and get it on it's way. Thank you for everyone's advice!

Only problem now is what do I do with my Macbook pro? Haha
Mar 9, 2005
North Jersey

Look at this thread HERE. I was in the same boat few weeks ago. There aren't that many replies but my first thread has a link to another thread I created. There is some info there as well. For me, it was first:

Apple - Yes / No
iMac - 20 vs. 24
iMac - 24 2.8 vs. 24 3.06
iMac vs. Mac Pro
Mac Pro 2.8 vs. Mac Pro 3.2

I'm now saving up for MacPro 2.8. Thanks to all those Mac-Maniacs :)
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Apr 30, 2008
In the sticks, Illinois
I went with the one I posted. I am going to add more ram to it when it arrives and I think should that be fast enough for me.

I am also going to keep my macbook pro and use it when needed.

Thanks for the link Jay. It was an interesting read.

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