8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2013 11:08 AM by MlchaelLAX
Stewart987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I need help. I'm thinking of purchasing the 2012 imac 21.5 inch base model...as its the only one i could afford from my savings. So, I would like to ask if the base model imac is good in performance? I will be using it to do school assignments and playing games.

  • 1. Re: iMac 21.5 inch base model
    ssls6 Level 4 Level 4 (2,715 points)

    My son has one and plays WOW.  He says it plays WOW great.  He also played diablo 3 on it.  As far as school goes, it is more than enough.  The 2012 model should be even better.

  • 2. Re: iMac 21.5 inch base model
    Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)

    I think the base model would be fine for your needs.  If you want to prolong its life, though, I'd suggest seeing if you can "expand" your budget to get it with 16GB of RAM vs the standard 8GB.  I only suggest this because the RAM in the 21.5" model can't be upgraded...it can only be installed at the time of manufacture.

  • 3. Re: iMac 21.5 inch base model
    Stewart987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I would be glad to purchase one now.

  • 4. Re: iMac 21.5 inch base model
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,975 points)

    Hi Stewart,

     

    It might be wise to check if the games you play or programs you have (Berlitz languages for example) are suited to the new Mac.   Many programs aren't, particularly Rosetta based ones ... or if you've considered the lack of optical facilities etc.

  • 5. Re: iMac 21.5 inch base model
    Stewart987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I play games from the App Store...however, I also play games which is on windows platform...it is said that imac supports windows through boot camp..though, I'm still wondering if I could download windows for free without having to purchase the software due to high pricing. Please do suggest.

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    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,975 points)

    It's more the Hardware than the software.   I would go to the local store fully armed with questions and talk to them.   The new Mac has not been universally accepted and while I don't want to encourage a long thread about that ... it would be wise to check it out thoroughly before buying.   The new Mac is not cheap.

  • 7. Re: iMac 21.5 inch base model
    Stewart987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I see. Thanks.

  • 8. Re: iMac 21.5 inch base model
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    Stewart987 wrote:

     

    I play games from the App Store...however, I also play games which is on windows platform...it is said that imac supports windows through boot camp..though, I'm still wondering if I could download windows for free without having to purchase the software due to high pricing. Please do suggest.

    These questions may lie outside the expertise of those working at the Apple Store. 

     

    Some issues to consider:

     

    You can install Windows in Bootcamp, but it is not free.  You must purchase a licensed copy of Windows to install.  There are alternatives to running "some" WIndows programs on a Mac without Windows, such as Crossover, but I have no experience with these programs.

     

    Bootcamp is free but requires the "dual-boot" into Windows or Mac OS X.  There are virtualization programs, such as Parallels, which will allow you to run both Windows and OS X concurrently, but, of course, they are not free.

     

    Also, if you are currently running an older Mac on OS X Snow Leopard or older, you may be using PowerPC applications that will not run directly in Mountain Lion (due to the lack of Rosetta).  There are some workarounds, which I can describe for you, if you do have these application that you wish to continue to run on your new iMac.