kidasia wrote:I switched from Windows in March of 2011 with this exact model and I absolutely love it.
Let me guess, you still had to install bootcamp with Windows 7? If you did, that was a complete waste of a purchase...
I dont think windows was the problem anyways, i think it was his inferior choice of PCs with crap hardware. I built my own PC for less than the price of this complete desktop
Mobo: Asus M798TD-EVO AM3 SLI $149.99
RAM: 8GB GIEL ValuRAM @ 1066 $16.00
CPU: AMD Phenom2 945C3 Rev $49.99
CPU cooler: Zalmann CNPS 9700 $16.00
Graphics cards: 2x Nvidia GTX 460 1GB, found two of them used for $100 each
PSU: BFGtech EX series 1000w modular $50 on clearance
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $15
Screen: Acer 21.5in TN 1920x1080 DVI/HDMI monitor(2MS GtG) $100
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa $20
Mouse: Logitech MX518 $20
Windows 7 ultimate: free from school
MS office pro plus: $10 from work VLK agreement
Add in the fact that I had the HDDs and cables laying around, so they did not need to be purchased, but that would have only added about another $50 really for 2 HDDs and cables, and my entire build was less than $700 with the screen, and it clearly stomps on this iMac piece of junk, for much less(and I built this desktop in January, no less, i bet I could do it for even cheaper now). Apple hardware markup at its best(the i5 that is in the iMac retails for about $150, apple charges you about $300, if thats any idea).
A little tip: Build your own computer. You get to pick the parts, the price, the brands and the quality, so then only you can be blamed for a crappy experience, and you know what is in it will last. Any major brand name like Dell, HP, ect, are junk from the start. they find the cheapest parts they can(usually Foxconn, which apple uses as its supplier and builder), pair them with a crap CPU, and most of the time no GPU, and then no matter what you do, it will be a crap experience. Also, this has a Mobile based graphics chip, not a desktop chip, so if you were expecting to do anything that is graphically heavy on this machine, dont bother with it. Even a single of my discreet GTX 460s walks all over the crap integrated mobile GPU that is in this. I dont usually write things like this, but I would like to discourage a bad purchase. If you plan on browsing facebook and youtube, there are cheaper options to do it on, and if you are planning to do actual work, again, there are better suited options than this out there.