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What to do with a late-2006 iMac (Intel-based)?

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+Elliot B.    1,546

Never used a Mac before.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83 GHz) (1,028 PassMark CPU score)
  • 17" display (1440×900)
  • 2 GB RAM (DDR2 PC5300 SODIMM 667 MHz)
  • 160 GB hard disk drive (SATA, 7,200 RPM)
  • Intel GMA 950 (64 MB shared memory)
  • 24× combo drive (DVD-ROM, CD-RW)
  • Internal AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Apple Remote infrared receiver
  • iSight Camera (640×480, 0.3 MP)
  • Mini-DVI video out
  • 3× USB 2.0 ports
  • 2× Firewire 400
  • Headphone/digital audio output
  • Audio line-in/digital audio input
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 "Lion"

For £40, I thought it would be good to have a play with it.

 

I believe it uses Socket M, so theoretical CPU upgrades are:

  • Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.00 GHz) (1,167 PassMark CPU score) (£5, eBay UK)
  • Core 2 Duo T7400 (2.17 GHz) (1,244 PassMark CPU score) (£6, eBay UK)
  • Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33 GHz) (1,375 PassMark CPU score) (not currently available on eBay UK)

I guess I could install an SSD in it, too.

Edited by Elliot B.

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satukoro    1,350

You don't exactly have a lot of power here, but it could make an okay rig for any of the following:

- Apache server

- FTP server

- VPN server

- Plex/Media server

- You could put Debian (or your preferred distro) on it

- You might be able to put Win10 on it

 

You could play around in garage band or something and make some music or do some web browsing or word processing.

I use MacOS personally because it offers a nice software selection while still being unix based. For example I can use photoshop but still have bash (not that win10 "we love linux" garbage).

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Riva    1,175

I was gonna say aquarium but hey its not thick enough

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