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  • Fizzog 28 Apr 2010 00:06:14 4,108 posts
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    white_frank_white wrote:
    Fizzog wrote:
    = 510


    glol

    The guy who I bought it off is buying it back for 560.
  • GuiltySpark 28 Apr 2010 00:07:43 6,461 posts
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    Fizzog wrote:
    white_frank_white wrote:
    Fizzog wrote:
    = 510


    glol

    The guy who I bought it off is buying it back for 560.

    That's pretty damn lucky though dude.

    Get bent.

  • Fizzog 28 Apr 2010 00:15:02 4,108 posts
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    GuiltySpark wrote:
    Fizzog wrote:
    white_frank_white wrote:
    Fizzog wrote:
    = 510


    glol

    The guy who I bought it off is buying it back for 560.

    That's pretty damn lucky though dude.

    If he didn't want it back then I'd be more then happy with my purchase. 2Ghz+3GB RAM really is all I need, I've yet to see one "beachball" in the 3 days I've used the computer and that's been while using Photoshop heavily and having many applications open at once.
  • speedofthepuma 1 Apr 2011 02:46:13 13,310 posts
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    So, I'm finally getting my dream and buying an iMac for my birthday this weekend. I will be mainly using it for basic out of office work, scanning, e-mails, but also within the house as my "entertainment hub" so I can use home charing on the iphones and ipad and transmit to the main TV with an apple TV unit.

    Any reason I would need more than the entry level unit?

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  • HitchHiker 1 Apr 2011 06:10:06 2,780 posts
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    If you want to do any gaming on it, either through Steam or through Windows on a Bootcamp partition then I'd recommend going for the i5 purely for the better graphics card.

    I get good gaming performance out of my i5 if I keep the resolution to 1920x1080, which means medium to high graphics settings and a good frame rate.

    The base i3 model is fine for "average" use and light games though.
  • speedofthepuma 1 Apr 2011 06:38:58 13,310 posts
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    Thanks... I have no idea what to do because of course I want the shiny model with the big screen.

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  • HitchHiker 1 Apr 2011 07:33:46 2,780 posts
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    Personally, I wouldn't go for an i7 iMac unless it's for something that really needs the horsepower because it's ust not worth the extra cash.
  • speedofthepuma 1 Apr 2011 08:13:00 13,310 posts
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    I have been seduced by the 27" screen and reserved a model to pick up tonight. $200 off.
    Very excited.
    What a pathetic thing to have always wanted but never justified getting eh? But there you go.

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  • HitchHiker 1 Apr 2011 08:16:14 2,780 posts
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    I was the same, finally jumped ship at the end of 2007. Recently upgraded to a 27" i5.
    Hope you enjoy your new machine.
  • tincanrocket 1 Apr 2011 08:20:40 3,029 posts
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    I have a replacement refurb 27" i5 winging its way to me next week. The first one that was delivered was very far from silent (constant high pitch whining fan noise), so I sent it back. The screen on these things is fantastic - my replacement can't arrive soon enough.
  • Deleted user 1 April 2011 08:36:28
    Sandy Bridges are due soon.
  • HitchHiker 1 Apr 2011 08:38:27 2,780 posts
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    tincanrocket wrote:
    I have a replacement refurb 27" i5 winging its way to me next week. The first one that was delivered was very far from silent (constant high pitch whining fan noise), so I sent it back. The screen on these things is fantastic - my replacement can't arrive soon enough.

    Snap, although I went through 4 refurbs before I got one I was happy with. Although I had a bonus with Quidco, I didn't lose the cashback from the returns.
  • binky Moderator 1 Apr 2011 08:58:31 9,854 posts
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    I have the 27" i5 and I bloody love it!
  • speedofthepuma 1 Apr 2011 09:05:06 13,310 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    speedofthepuma wrote:
    I have been seduced by the 27" screen and reserved a model to pick up tonight. $200 off.
    Very excited.
    What a pathetic thing to have always wanted but never justified getting eh? But there you go.

    Which one?

    Did you get the 2TB drive?

    Yep :)

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  • tincanrocket 1 Apr 2011 09:54:12 3,029 posts
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    HitchHiker wrote:
    tincanrocket wrote:
    I have a replacement refurb 27" i5 winging its way to me next week. The first one that was delivered was very far from silent (constant high pitch whining fan noise), so I sent it back. The screen on these things is fantastic - my replacement can't arrive soon enough.

    Snap, although I went through 4 refurbs before I got one I was happy with. Although I had a bonus with Quidco, I didn't lose the cashback from the returns.

    Uh oh - I won't get too excited then, as I might have to send the next 3 back ;)
  • HitchHiker 1 Apr 2011 10:00:59 2,780 posts
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    The first return was my fault. I ordered a 27" i3 and quite quickly realised that it wasn't going to be powerful enough form me, graphics wise anyway.

    The next 2 i5's had issues, the first was a stuck pixel or some dust under the screen and I'm picky when spending this sort of money. The second had a noisy fan.

    I have a blog post about it.
  • HitchHiker 1 Apr 2011 10:06:18 2,780 posts
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    Won't get a Sandy Bridge refurb for a while yet though which I think is the option chosen by SotP.
  • nickthegun 1 Apr 2011 10:10:43 61,118 posts
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    tincanrocket wrote:
    HitchHiker wrote:
    tincanrocket wrote:
    I have a replacement refurb 27" i5 winging its way to me next week. The first one that was delivered was very far from silent (constant high pitch whining fan noise), so I sent it back. The screen on these things is fantastic - my replacement can't arrive soon enough.

    Snap, although I went through 4 refurbs before I got one I was happy with. Although I had a bonus with Quidco, I didn't lose the cashback from the returns.

    Uh oh - I won't get too excited then, as I might have to send the next 3 back ;)

    This is the problems with refurbs. They are usually the machines that the techs in the repair centre can't fix or have so many problems they authorise a unit swap out.

    The apple hub then uses refurb parts to refurb the machine.

    It's a fundamental problem with then, tbh. Customers think of them as ex-demos but really they are the machines that are so fucked no one wanted them.

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  • Derblington 1 Apr 2011 10:25:53 22,127 posts
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    I bought a 27" i7 in Feb. T'is lovely.
  • tincanrocket 1 Apr 2011 10:27:39 3,029 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:

    This is the problems with refurbs. They are usually the machines that the techs in the repair centre can't fix or have so many problems they authorise a unit swap out.

    The apple hub then uses refurb parts to refurb the machine.

    It's a fundamental problem with then, tbh. Customers think of them as ex-demos but really they are the machines that are so fucked no one wanted them.

    If the next one is similarly noisy I may well send it back, grab a refund, and spend the extra couple of hundred quid to get a new one, but the refurb price of 1249 for an i5 2.66Ghz was too good a saving for me not to give it a try, and I'd rather have an i5 than an i3. Fingers crossed I get lucky with the replacement.
  • tincanrocket 5 Apr 2011 11:25:30 3,029 posts
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    paging nickthegun....

    So, having looked at my options I have got a refund on the refurb 27" and am going to buy a 'proper' iMac direct from Apple using my Education discount, so I'll have to stump up an extra couple of hundred quid, but will get a better model with a 3 year warranty. Thing is, any idea when the new iMac is likely to be announced? If I bought a 27" i5 this week would I be kicking myself next month?
  • Deleted user 5 April 2011 11:27:43
    Most likely.
  • nickthegun 5 Apr 2011 11:39:11 61,118 posts
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    Yes. Sandybridge (sex on the beach) chips and thunderbolt ports are due soon. I dont know how soon but rumour is it should be within the month.

    The distribution channels are pretty dry of imacs at the moment, which is always a giveaway a new model is due.

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  • tincanrocket 5 Apr 2011 11:42:48 3,029 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Yes. Sandybridge (sex on the beach) chips are due soon. I dont know how soon but rumour is it should be within the month.

    Thanks for the advice, nick - in that case I will try to contain my urge to have one NOW, and see if I can hold off for a couple of weeks. I think I have 14 days from purchase to swap it if a new model comes out in the interim, so if I can make it through to Easter I should be okay?

    /twitches
  • HitchHiker 6 Apr 2011 07:29:24 2,780 posts
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    Apple Store is down, wonder if the new iMacs are going up this morning?
  • Fab4 6 Apr 2011 08:03:34 6,163 posts
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    HitchHiker wrote:
    Apple Store is down, wonder if the new iMacs are going up this morning?

    I was hoping for them to be updating the delivery times for my iPad...hopefully to sometime this week ;) :-D
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