Cheap Mac for iLife '05 and iWork and page layout

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by applekid, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. applekid macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2003
    I work at the local library where I help run an after-school program. I was persuading the IT department and even the associate director to get us a Mac Mini to begin a yearbook project and later on some iMovie and GarageBand projects.

    Then, the IT people rejected my plans because they were a Windows and Linux only shop. The IT person is working on a Mac as we speak, but is still learning the ropes in hopes of adding Macs to the network. The library's is trying to be a more open source environment or something like that. :rolleyes: I went to the associate director because my boss encouraged me to carry out my plan, but he said he could not justify using tax payer's money on getting a Mac Mini that they just might not be able to support somewhere down the line when I would not be working (which is inevitable, IMHO, too).

    Anyways, my only choice right now is to deal with a Celeron and run PageMaker (no iLife projects can be done now) which I don't even know can handle the workload, yet (my boss told me to take a look at the machine at home, but it was running Linux and the LCD they gave me could not support whatever resolution that PC was on).

    But, since I am not giving up this fight for my Mac for these kids, I figured I buy my own machine to get around the restrictions (since we are allowed to bring our own machines). I do make enough to buy a machine for these kids. In fact, having an old Mac around for a server or something could be nice once I'm done working at the library. Now, what I would like to have for a Mac is one that can run iLife '05 and iWork all on Tiger.

    Our number one goal right now is to have a Mac that can do page layouts and iWork does fit our needs from my own personal demoing at home. So let's focus on that for a second... What kind of Mac would be capable of running iWork and Tiger at an acceptable speed? My budget... Let's say $300-$400. If that's impossible, I just may have to buy the Mac Mini I was saving up for and run it back and forth from work.

    Now, if I want to have GarageBand and iMovie projects going, can I still get a $300-$400 Mac?
  2. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    There are plenty of people on this forum who would be glad to sell you a cheap mac, I would too, unless you wan to pay over 1,000 dollars for my G5:D
  3. applekid thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2003
    You know, I was debating if I should just go ahead and post a WTB in the Marketplace, but I'll hold off on that for now...

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