New to Apple.Is 20" Aluminum low end good for me?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cfs, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Hello Forum,

    I am new to this forum but have been reading for 2 weeks while researching.

    I am a current pc owner that is sick and tired spending hours troubleshooting and cleaning registry. I just need a computer that will work when I need it to.

    I was thinking about the low end 20 " i-mac Aluminum. I use a computer for the following:

    -surfing the web
    -listening to music
    -watching television off nbc. com, etc.
    -watching dvd's
    -video conferencing with in-laws overseas
    -making home movies (from a sony dv camcorder)
    -downloading photos (from a point and shoot camera)
    -writing reports

    This is pretty much it. I may use .mac to make a web. Not sure yet though.


    Is 2Ghz. enough?

    Is 1gb is enough?

    Is the HD 2400 screen ok or would I need 2600?

    I heard of firewire issues. Will I have a problem hooking up a sony dv camcorder via firewire 400 and having i-movie 2008 read it? Never had issues before with crappy pc programs or old e-macs.

    Can I type in Japanese? I know on pc's one is able to do so?

    Thank you for reading. I just don't want to throw money out the window.

  2. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    2Hz is fine but i would get another gig of ram and you should be just fine.
  3. Richard.John macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2007
    Yurigaoka, Japan
    Yes another 1Gb should help smooth things along.
  4. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    ive used an sony dv camcorder and worked fine with my macbook. i would also suggest getting a gig more of ram and possibly a bigger hdd because you would be surprised as to how fast your space will be filled with a lot of pictures and video
  5. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I use my iMac for all of those things listed, and it does a damn good job. I loaded mine up with 3GB of RAM, and it really does fly. Takes like 2 seconds to open Safari, internet browsing is smooth, browsing and editing photos through iPhoto takes seconds. It's a really great computer, and the 2GHz is more than enough for all of the tasks. I do suggest on maxing out the RAM, its really cheap right now and its worth every penny. Good luck.

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