My first Mac (but which one?)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by joechimy, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2005
    I'm new to the world of Macs and trying to decide which to purchase. My scope of use will be pretty basic; email, web (love those widgets), iTunes, iPhoto, and some Photoshop/Illustrator (I've given up on PC Gaming. Spent too many thousands over the years trying to keep a top of the line machine)

    I was all ready to get the new Mini Mac w/ Superdrive and a Gig of RAM but I'm put off by the old video card with ONLY 32 Megs of RAM. Same basic story with the iBooks (whats up with the outdated video cards?) Don't want to pony up the dough for a PowerMac tower (thanks to the Intel switch) and the iMac or PowerBooks are almost as expensive.

    I really want to hook up whichever Mac I get to a big screen HDTV and surf the net from my couch, but I'm not sure (beyond the MiniMac) which have the proper outputs to connect to a HDTV.

  2. macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    It sounds like your priority is something you can hook up to HDTV, with a second feature being something with low-cost, correct?
    The Mac Mini & PBs have DVI output, while the iMac and iBook have S-video or composite video output, but not DVI.
    So it depends a bit on how important it is to you to have HDTV output.

    From a pure cost standpoint, I think that the iMac is one of the best values in the Apple lineup right now.
    Maximizing the RAM (third-party, NOT through Apple) is a great idea.
    I think you'll appreciate the improved speed from the G5 as well as upgraded RAM.

    Hope that helps some - good luck!
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2005
    Thanks for clearing up which outputs are available AstrosFan. I agree, the iMac looks like a great machine. I realy would like my HDTV to be the main display for my Mac and as I understand DVI is the way to go.

    Does anyone have experience with the MiniMac's video card? Am I crazy, is 32 Megs enough to power Tiger OS, Widgets, Photoshop/Illustrator, etc? Or should I wait and hope for a PowerBook update in the near future (wish the 12inch didn't have built in 256 --- come on Apple up that to 512 already!)
  4. macrumors 65816


    Mar 9, 2005
    The Mac Mini will do PS and run Tiger ok, but thats about it. Only ok. I would wait for a PB or mini update if those are the products you really want. For right now it sounds like an iMac is your best bet.
  5. macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    The new Powerbooks do have 512 MB RAM built in.
  6. EGT
    macrumors 68000


    Sep 4, 2003
    The portability of the Powerbook is great, and it'll be able to do all the stuff you want. Bit pricey mind.

    Updates are supposed to be sometime in September.
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Im not sure if we are on the same page...but the 12" powerbook does have 512 mb of ram. and a 64 mb video card.I just bought mine a few weeks ago and I love it. Im going to be getting the Dell 20" widescreen moniter in a few weeks. The 12"powerbook comes with some type of weird mini digital output but it comes with 2 output plugs 1 for VGA and 1 for DVI
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2005
    True the PBs do come with at least 512mb, but I'm refering to the built in 256 (which makes the upgrades odd). I want a gig of RAM but its $415 to upgrade up to 1.25gb on the 12inch.
  9. macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Mini will do what you want but i agree with 32mb lame video comment. We have a mini and its great but a 32mb video 9200 is still just that. The next bump should have a 64 mb video but that could be 2006. The 9200 is fine for everything but modern games meaning even UT2003 has to be turned all the way down to get playable frames and its all due to the 32mb video. Why they didnt use a 64mb fx5200 in it is beyond me. Its fine for the games my wife likes but Ill stay with my Alienware's 256mb 6800Gt for serious frames.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2005
    When I go to the Apple store, the 12" PB has 256 built in and 256 in the slot. The 15 and 17 have one 512 stick built in.
  11. macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Yes I was mistaken. I thought the 512 MB was on-board, but I was wrong.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2004
    get the imac its the best value of any apple computer
  13. macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2005
    PB, if you want portability....iMac otherwise...mac mini may leave you feeling a bit unhappy knowing that it only has 32megs.....
  14. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2004
    University Place
    get the powerbook, you'll be happier with it for longer than any other computer you could buy.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    Buy a G4 Power Mac (not the Yikes!) and 1) buy a CPU upgrade or 2) just buy a top of the line PMG4. They're about $1000 on eBay loaded. Then buy RAM and a really good video card.

    That's my advice. And if you still miss the laptop functionality, buy one used.

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