Honest opinion - Which Mac is best for me?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BEL86, May 4, 2011.

  1. BEL86 macrumors newbie

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    You all seem to be experts, and I need your help/opinions!

    Below is the majority of what I use my computer for. Do I need to go all the way up to an i7? What's going to last me the longest, without being overkill that I'll never use? Help!

    I know I want the 27in monitor - even if it is overkill, I tend to use 2 monitors so, for my purposes - it should help eliminate that.

    I have about 2,700 pictures just in iphoto (many more saved to my desk top) I do photo editing and use photoshop, but not every single day.

    I have have 7,500 songs in itunes, and tend to get more pretty frequently.

    I do not game or use final cut pro

    I "surf" a lot, like to watch a lot of videos and movies on my comp

    I really want my computer to last me as long as possible. I don't want to put in a ton of $ for something that will be running slowly in just a matter of years...

    I apologize ahead of time for my ignorance and thank you for your help! :)
     
  2. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend an iMac 27inch with the 3.1 ghz i5 or the i7. I say the i7 only because if you ever want to get into photoediting and or video editing, you will already have a decent machine.

    My personal opinion fpr you:

    Highest end iMac with 3.4 i7. Nothing else (unkess warrenty). This way, you can do all your tasks, and you won't be too outdated in the future.
     
  3. davidinva macrumors 6502a

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    Don't know what you have now, but I gave up my desktop and went with a MacBook and an external monitor and keyboard and mouse for home use. I have the 13" model (2008, getting dated now, but still performing well for my purposes), and use it for my desktop and can easily take it with me when I travel. I am also into photography and use Photoshop Elements, iPhoto. and several other photography programs. I saw a 27" Samsung monitor at Costco yesterday for $299. I have a 21.5 " one that I bought for $149 at Staples. The 13 " Macbook allows for quick photo editing when away from home. I like the size of the 11 " Macbook Air but don't know how it would work as a desktop with external monitor. I am happy with my setup. Remember, whatever you buy, you will probably soon want something else.
     
  4. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I have a 2.8 GHz Extreme 24" iMac, which was the highest end machine available when the line went aluminum in 2007. My machine is 4 years old this summer and still going strong. I do plan however on selling it to a family member and upgrading. Like you I don't do any gaming, I surf A TON, use it for things like word processing, email, quicken, turbo tax, and have used it massively for MTR and Handbrake, encoding my entire DVD collection. I have over 8000 songs, 300 movies, and an iPhoto library with 20+ GB. It is the server that my iPad 2 can Home Share from and I stream from it music to my Airport Express and have an original Apple TV as well as an Apple TV 2 connected to it for streaming. It is very much a digital hub. Aside from that I use it for some Aperture, Photo Editing, Video Editing in Final Cut Express HD, and run CrossOver on it to run Windows Apps like Word and Excel without needing Fusion/Parallels or BootCamp.

    It is still going strong. However, I won't be getting the i7 and doubt I would even get the 3.1 i5 with the 6970 GPU since I don't game. Most likely those are overkill for my needs and not worth the extra $300-500 I would pay over the base 27" model at $1,699. I will be getting the 2.7 i5 27". And I expect it to last 3-6 years easily. Like my current machine which I have upgraded the OS at each release, I expect the new one will until I move on. I seriously doubt you need to spend more than $1,700. Do yourself a favor and go to OWC (macsales.com) or newegg and get an additional 2 2GB sticks of RAM for $50-60 total to double the RAM to 8GB.
     

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