Mac Model/Configuration?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Python, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Python macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    Paradise, Australia
    I'm a PC user about to switch to the Mac environment. Because of my Mac ignorance I need some advice on selecting an appropriate model/configuration.

    I currently use my PC for the usual applications such as emailing, internet surfing, share trading, banking, accounting, word-processing, spread-sheeting, etc.

    One particular application I have an interest in is the editing of digital video (from miniDV tapes) and photos, mixing audio and producing DVDs that run from 10 mins up to a max of about 45 mins. I'm currently using Adobe's Production Studio suite for this application including Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, etc.

    I don't have a need for portability but I do have a need to be able to run PC applications software and to be part of a small network, either ethernet or wireless. Although not essential, I would like the capability of being able to receive digital TV.

    Guidance on selecting an appropriate Mac would be appreciated.

  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
  3. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Any of the new iMacs sound like a perfect match for you.
  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    I agree, iMac would be perfect for you. Great for everything you listed.
  5. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    yeah... that would work. The mid or high imac configuration woudl work well too, but there is limited expandability and you probably already have a monitor if you are switching comps, however, it's always an option (someone please correct me i'm wrong)

    however, yes.. the 2.66 basic macpro would actually suit you quite well, with plenty of upgradability for the future and incase storage etc. They actually have them at the refurb store for a nice amount off... about 2100 i think... and it'll last you for a long time :)

    Ummm there aren't any macs with built in tv tuners, but I have a pinnacle (sp?) HD tv tuner USB stick and it works like a charm, and comes with eyetv light for recording and watching live tv.

    Also check out elegato for good solutions.

    :) Goodluck and welcome to mac! :)
  6. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    For what you do, I wouldn't recommend the MacPro. With what you do an iMac will be perfect. I do all those things you mentioned. I have the first gen iMac with the Intel Core Duo and my machine handles all that stuff just fine. It's amazing that even after 2 years with this machine, it still runs amazingly fast. the new iMac will fit your computer usage just fine and then some.

    I would recommend either 24" iMac configuration. Obviously I would say the highest is best. Make sure you get at least 2GB RAM if not more.
  7. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    I would also say the Mac Pro is a bit of an overkill. An iMac would be great and with up to 4gb of ram and 1tb of storage it would last you quite a while. You can always connect your extra monitor to it for dual screens if you have one. No need for a big tower when the iMac can handle the job just fine. Saves space and looks nice :cool:.
  8. syd8in macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2007
    Need help in purchasing of a Mac

    Hi folks,
    I too am new to the world of Apple and Mac...I have decided to go for a MacBook, but am not able to decide between a MacBook and a MacBook Pro...Please help me to decide between the two....
    Also, I reside in India and since a buying a Mac here would really be expensive(around $4000+), I have asked a friend from the US to bring it for me....Thus, I have a few questions in this regard:
    1) Is a new model of MacBook expected any time soon? Do i wait for it? My usage is restricted to Mails, Photos, Documents(work),Movies,Music and some Gaming..
    2) Will there be any XMAS discounts available in the months of Nov/Dec? If so, by when should I ask my friend to buy it so that Iam able to avail the discounts?
    3) Will all new MacBooks come with Leopard pre-loaded in them? Does it cost extra?
    Please help me with the above ...Hoping for a reply soon...Thanks.
  9. Python thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    Paradise, Australia
    Thanks for your help - much appreciated. I'll try out the iMac suggestion and see how things go - can always move to a Mac Pro if need be later on when I've had some exposure to the Mac environment.

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