20" or 24" iMac for Dual Monitor? (+ more)

Mattman84

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I've been reading these forums for the past few days now and I'd love to get some insight from the more experienced.

My PC's motherboard died the other day, and as I was pricing out getting a new motherboard and updating the processor, RAM, and graphics card, I came to the realization that it's finally time for me to go Mac. There's really no reason for me not to, with Bootcamp and all. I've worked with Macs quite a bit on yearbook in high school and several projects in college. I do a fair amount of audio and video production and I would love to use it for all that.

Anyway, I've got friend at a retail store that can hook me up with a 15% Friends and Family discount, so now is the time. Cost is a very large factor for me.

Now that the background is out of the way, on to the questions...

First of all, I'm torn between getting a 2.4 20" or a 2.4 24". I already have a 19" widescreen Acer monitor that I will run alongside whichever one I get. Will it look particularly awkward being next to the 24"? Or will the spanning be more natural with a 20"? I love screen real estate, but I don't want it to be awkward.

And next, if I do get the 24", is it worth the extra $250 for the 2.8 processor?

I'll be upgrading RAM on my own. I can add a 1 gig stick for a total of 2 for $30 from Crucial. Or, I can add a 2 gig stick for $100 for a total of 3. I probably wouldn't go for 4 ($200). Does anyone think I will see a large benefit from 3 gigs over 2? I'll be coming from a setup with 512 so I'm sure either one will be heaven.

Thanks for indulging my lengthy question. I'm about to be a proud new Mac owner...I just want to make sure I'm not kicking myself over features later. Thanks!
 

xparaparafreakx

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20" or 24": Get a 24" with its nice resolution. You can have a photo on the iMac screen and palettes on the 19". When you get cash, you will be able to buy a another 24" screen and connect the two to make it an even span.

2.4 vs. 2.8: I will let the numbers do the talking.
http://barefeats.com/imacal2.html
http://barefeats.com/imacal4.html
http://barefeats.com/imacal.html


Ram, 2GBs vs 4Gbs: Again I will let the numbers do the talking.
http://barefeats.com/imacal4.html

--Photoshop Test--

"iMac 2.8 4Gb Ram: 136 Seconds"
"iMac 2.8 2Gb Ram: 194 Seconds"

-Barefeats

macsales.com has 4GB ram set, 2 x 2GBs Ram chips, for $155.97.
 

xparaparafreakx

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I am looking at possibly purchasing a new iMac as well and find these links very useful in asissting with my decision - thanks. :cool:
Im not trying to say that everyone should get a 2.8Ghz machine but people should know what they might be losing out and may decide that $250 is better worth buying 4Gbs of ram instead of getting the CPU upgrade. :D
 

Mattman84

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Nov 7, 2007
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Thanks for the reply. I didn't really expect the 2.8 to have such better performance. And 4 gigs for $155 is a great deal.
 

~Shard~

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Im not trying to say that everyone should get a 2.8Ghz machine but people should know what they might be losing out and may decide that $250 is better worth buying 4Gbs of ram instead of getting the CPU upgrade. :D
Oh for sure, I wasn't implying your post was biased, just that it honestly helps in making my decision to see the #s and decide if the extra $ is worth it based on my needs and usage. ;) :)
 
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