My shoping dilemma

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Terri French, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. Terri French macrumors newbie

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    I am in the market for a new computer to do my photo editing. I have a Nikon D200 and shoot raw. I need something I can run Photoshop CS2 on as well as Nikon Capture. I do not want to spend more than about $2500. Here are the three options I have come up with so far. If any of you experienced MAC users have advice I would love to hear it. I have never used a MAC before. We don't have a MAC store in my town, so I can't try anything out.

    24" iMac $2498
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB SDRAM
    SuperDrive 8X (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Apple Keyboard & Mighty Mouse + Mac OS X (US English)
    24-inch widescreen LCD
    AirPort Extreme
    Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

    20" iMAC $2524
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    3GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 1x2GB, 1x1GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive
    ATI Radeon X1600/256MB VRAM
    SuperDrive 8X (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Apple Keyboard & Mighty Mouse + Mac OS X (US English)
    20-inch widescreen LCD
    AirPort Extreme
    Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

    or my PC option
    Dell XPS 410 $1413 plus I might buy a 23" Apple Cinema Display for $1000

    XPS 410 Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6400 (2MB L2 Cache,2.13GHz,1066 FSB)
    Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Professional with re-installation CD
    Memory 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs
    Keyboard Dell USB Keyboard
    Monitor No Monitor
    Video Card 256MB ATI Radeon X1300 Pro
    Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
    CD or DVD Drive Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

    Thank you,
    Terri French
     
  2. extraextra macrumors 68000

    extraextra

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    Location:
    California
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    Personally, I'd go with the 20". But if you definitely want the real estate of a 24", 2GB will be enough and you can go with that one.
     
  3. polevault139 macrumors 6502

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    Location:
    Illinois
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    If you don't need the screen real estate get the twenty inch. Instead of paying that huge amount of money for the 2GB memory stick jsut go with 2x1GB and get the 2GB stick when the price comes down. The graphics card is also a great choice.
     

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