Which Mac/iMac thread?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by mariahlullaby, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

    mariahlullaby

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    I am a current Windows XP user (just got a new computer a few months ago) and I am wondering how powerful a Mac I need.

    I do heavy internet use, video/image editing, word processing, watch DVD's, iTunes, and sync it up to my PDA.

    I really want an iMac (should I sell my Windows laptop? I love it and it's brand new!!). Will the 1.6 Ghz be enough for me? Or should I get a Powerbook? I am looking in the $1500-2200 price range; I want at least 768-1 GB ram.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Smileyguy macrumors 6502

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    The iMac should be perfect. People often underestimat the iMac for power because it is a 'consumer' prodcut as opposed to a 'professional' one, but it's a G5 and wickedly fat. I can't imagine a Powerbook would be ideal for watching DVD's or editing images and video.

    If DVD's are really important, go for the 20'.
     
  3. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

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    If you don't need portability i would say go for the iMac. That machine is really nice. Plus with the money you save on the machine, you could spend more money on upgrading ram. But don't buy ram from the Apple store (waaaaay too expensive). Buy it from www.crucial.com or other trusted retailer.
     
  4. mariahlullaby thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mariahlullaby

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    Thanks!

    If I order from crucial, do they install it or do I buy it and install it myself? I've never installed RAM before, though I'm planning on putting some in my parents' old Dell, which if I mess up it won't really matter; I don't want to risk ruining a new iMac.

    Yeah, I think I definitely want the iMac...though I may throw in a basic iBook for my portability needs later on. One thing I've noticed on iBook and Powerbook screens: they seem kind of dim/not very clear compared to my Windows laptop. Anyone else notice this??

    I'm on a budget, so I want to keep the price low, but I don't want to shortchange myself. Which would you recommend out of these configurations?? Would the cheapest work ok or just aggravate me that I didn't put in the extra $$?

    #1
    17' iMac (1.6 ghz)
    1 GB 2 DIMMs RAM
    160 GB HD
    Airport Extreme Card
    Bluetooth Module + Wireless keyboard
    Total: $1802.00

    #2
    17' iMac (1.8 ghz)
    1 GB 2 DIMMs RAM
    160 GB HD
    Airport Extreme Card
    Bluetooth Module + Wireless keyboard/mouse
    Total: $2002.00

    #3
    20' iMac (1.8 ghz)
    1 GB 2 DIMMS RAM
    160 GB HD
    Airport extreme card
    Wired keyboard/no Bluetooth
    Total: $2053.00

    Extra iBook option (is this notebook useable for any type of "heavy" work or just internet browsing, word processing, light image editing, etc.):
    12 1.2 ghz
    768MB RAM
    60 GB HD
    Bluetooth
    Total: $1274.00
     

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