Originally Posted by dcg
Any thoughts on the 27" iMac? Looking for a general purpose computer for the house. Photoshop/internet/email/word processing. Trying to decide whether to buy vs build.
They are pretty fucking sick. Beautiful displays and capable enough.
If you just want general purpose and are willing to spend the money, it is hard to beat. There are some windows all-in-ones that look pretty solid too, but I don't think any have displays that rival the 27" imac. I use a 2160x1440 27" on my desktop at home and I love it (though I prefer two smaller monitors at work)...and the new 5K imac is even higher resolution and has better ui-scaling than windows.
I'm cheap and I'm a nerd, so I stick with a self-built desktop...but it also sits in my bedroom where most people don't see it. If I were going to be putting it in a more visible space in the home, the minimal excess size if the imac is hard to beat compared to something you could build yourself.
Sure, you lose some upgrade and repair opportunities...but for general purpose use, you should easily get 4+ years of use out of the new imac. After 4 years on a self-built system, you are basically talking about replacing everything important (mobo/cpu/gpu/ram/HDDs)...the only sad part about the imac is that you are forced to get rid of an awesome display when you upgrade.