Buying my First Mac!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lovel, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. lovel macrumors newbie

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    I hope you can help me choose the right Mac for me! I was thinking the iMac or the Mac Mini. I have $1200 to spend. I hope that can include ram as well but I can get more for that. I want to use it for...

    1. Photoshop/Illustrator (CS4 and CS5 when it's out)
    2. Web Design
    3. Light Gaming (WoW/StarCraft 2/Diablo 3)
    4. Everyday Stuff (Music/Movies/Web/Photos/E-mail)
    5. Video/Sound Editing

    What would be the best Mac for my needs? Try to keep the budget in mind. I don't mind buying used or :apple: refurbished. I would like to load it up with 4g of ram at least. I'm not sure how hard the upgrade is but I'm pretty tech savvy. I'll just Google a guide for it. Which one is the Mac for me? Thanks for your help! :cool:
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Refurbished iMac. Upgrade the RAM yourself (its VERY easy).
     
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  4. lovel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys! I have a few questions. Is the 24" screen 1080p? What is the max ram on it?
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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  7. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...for the prices, the previous gen's seem to be a better value IMHO...
     
  8. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Got for the previous gen 24" for sure. You'll be getting a bigger screen, and a dedicated GPU for the same price.
     
  9. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Definitely the previous refurbished model.

    The only disadvantage it has over the new one is DDR3 ram, but the bigger screen, faster processor and an actual dedicated graphics card in the previous model more than makes up for that.


    If you want to save $200 I would recommend this one. It only has a slightly slower processor and 20" screen but performance will practically be the same as the $1199 refurb model.
     
  10. lovel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm, I might do that. The only real loss is the extra 4" of screen. Not that big of an issue as I will be pretty close to it anyway. Thanks for the tip Angemon.
     
  11. racers macrumors regular

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    I would go for the 24" bigger and better screen than the 20" plus faster cpu
     
  12. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    I do most of the things you do and I have never had a need for any more than 2GB. Most of the time, I'm fine with 1GB. The idea paraded around that you "need" 4GB is nonsense.
     
  13. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Since you are going to be doing web design and photoshop/illustrator, I recommend the better screen so that would mean the 24" previous gen with the ATI graphics card.
     
  14. lovel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah that would help when dealing with higher res images and such. I am going to tget the 24". Thanks so much guys. Wheres the best place to get that model? Amazon or the Apple site?
     
  15. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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  16. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    24" if you are using adobe, the extra screen real estate is a blessing with pallets open.
     

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