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    I have an intel imac 27" which is quickly becoming obsolete for gaming, the hardware (especially the graphics card) is running newer games terribly. I was wondering if I purchase a desktop PC for gaming would I be able to use the iMac as a monitor?

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    Also if I sell my iMac where would be the best place to do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmccready View Post
    Also if I sell my iMac where would be the best place to do it?
    e-Bay or Craig's List. If you go the e-Bay route...hopefully you kept your original box (for shipping).

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    I have seen a few of the HDMI to Mini displayport converters. That would allow you to use it as a monitor for your PC or any input device. they run about $100 to $200 from what I have seen.

    Here is one that apple sells Belkin AV360 HDMI-to-Mini DisplayPort Converter - Apple Store (U.S.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmccready View Post
    I have an intel imac 27" which is quickly becoming obsolete for gaming, the hardware (especially the graphics card) is running newer games terribly. I was wondering if I purchase a desktop PC for gaming would I be able to use the iMac as a monitor?
    One additional thought. Using a 27" iMac as an external monitor for a gaming Windows computer is pretty darn expensive monitor!

    Sure...the 27" Apple Cinema display costs $999 (an expensive monitor)...but I would think you would be much better off selling your 27" iMac for $800-$1200 (depending on the exact model)...and then buying a "normal" 24"-27" monitor for your gaming Windows computer ($250-$350).

    Of course also remembering that the resolution on a 27" iMac is greater (2560 x 1440) than almost any 27" monitor on the market (usually 1920 x 1080).

    HTH,

    - Nick

    p.s. But...if you used your 27" iMac as a monitor for a Windows gaming computer...you would still have the 27" iMac to do "Macintosh Stuff" when you wanted to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post

    p.s. But...if you used your 27" iMac as a monitor for a Windows gaming computer...you would still have the 27" iMac to do "Macintosh Stuff" when you wanted to.
    That was my thinking.
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    What would I need to plug in an external:

    TV Tuner
    Blu-Ray
    PS3

    The 27" iMac monitor is just so dammed sweet to run just apps on it.

    Tom

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