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applet
Jul 4, 2003, 02:06 AM
Folks,
Just a few clicks away from ordering a G4, 1.25, single,
512MB, 64MB ATI radeon, 80GB superdrive system...
off the apple store advertised system

A few questions before I say...."I Do".....Hoping until
death, do us part.

Please help me make the choice for the right configuration
of the system, for the following uses.

Home DVD

Mostly want to use the apple as a digital hub...
have 8mm tapes from 94 and now got a sony digital handycam
for video....want to covert it all to DVD's.
Will be going for an ipod (15GB)...
Have a canon powershot g1 and want to organize all the pics
from the zoom browser.

Want to go with the 512MB memory.....need more? less?
comments?

2nd DVD/CD drive.....does it serve any purpose..?

Let's say about 50 hours of recording.....Would the 60GB
hard drive be sufficient?

do i need the 128 MB nvidia card that is standard on the G4
advertised on the store system, ($1900+) or can i make to
with the 64MB radeon?

1 1.25GHz processor is sufficient for movie editing and
DVD, or is the dual processor utterly necessary?

Should I go with the apple monitor, (17 inch Studio) ...
really steep price.....want to buy it later....will the G4 work
with a normal crt monitor that i Have? wanted to shop around
for a good LCD? how important is the power/usb/digital connection? what is so great about apple monitors? aren't they
just OEM'ing? who makes apple's displays?

.MAC? is this useful? any catches? what is the real benefit
other than virus protection? does mcafee/norton offer similar
services for mac?

the apple protection? will i be using the $249? or is apple
h/w really great that i would never need to use it? does this
cover dead pixels on monitors etc? will apple replace under
warranty?

Thanks!
Help me make the switch.

janey
Jul 5, 2003, 05:12 PM
WOW...well first off i think that your thread is in the wrong forum. but here goes:

>Want to go with the 512MB memory.....need more? less?
comments?

it's your choice, but the more RAM you have the better :) DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES get RAM from Apple.

>2nd DVD/CD drive.....does it serve any purpose..?

well...again it's your choice. however, it's really unnecessary.

>Let's say about 50 hours of recording.....Would the 60GB
hard drive be sufficient?

i suppose...but more hard drive space == happier computer == happier user :)

>do i need the 128 MB nvidia card that is standard on the G4
advertised on the store system, ($1900+) or can i make to
with the 64MB radeon?

again, it's really your choice but I'd go for GeForce Ti since i like nvidia :)

>1 1.25GHz processor is sufficient for movie editing and
DVD, or is the dual processor utterly necessary?

never think that the dual processor it utterly necessary. you'll do fine with one.

>Should I go with the apple monitor, (17 inch Studio) ...
really steep price.....want to buy it later....will the G4 work
with a normal crt monitor that i Have? wanted to shop around
for a good LCD? how important is the power/usb/digital connection? what is so great about apple monitors? aren't they
just OEM'ing? who makes apple's displays?

the G4 will work with a normal CRT monitor but you'll need an adapter i think. if you want you can shop for a good LCD since they take up less space and is more convenient to use.

>.MAC? is this useful? any catches? what is the real benefit
other than virus protection? does mcafee/norton offer similar
services for mac?

.mac is okay. you get the @mac.com e-mail address, free games and whatnot. there are virtually no viruses for Macs though, but I think Virex is a McAfee product.

>the apple protection? will i be using the $249? or is apple
h/w really great that i would never need to use it? does this
cover dead pixels on monitors etc? will apple replace under
warranty?

It depends on your problem. Desktops rarely need AppleCare. It's the laptops that really need them. Dead pixels however are not manufacturing defects unless you have 15 or so scattered everywhere or a few clumps all over the place, in that case Apple will give you a new one. Apple hardware isn't that great though, so why don't you use your G4 for a while and then decide, since you have up to a year from the original purchase date to decide.

kishba
Jul 5, 2003, 06:06 PM
you can add ram, hard drives, displays, etc. all after you get the computer. i'd recommend getting the dual processor because you can't upgrade to that later on.

i think dv lets you capture roughly 5 minutes for every 1 gigabyte of hard drive space. you could probably only capture 350 minutes with the 80 gig hard drive. so upgrade later :)

and... i like .mac... if you do get it... you should sign up under me... ;) brandonkish@mac.com