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Discussion in 'iMac' started by Deenoe, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. Deenoe macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2007
    ...To switch to a Mac. For 2 weeks I tried downloading to my PC a video.. I have been hasseling for DAYS to download it... I'm TIRED of it.

    I have the money.. I have a bit of fears though..

    The Mac Mini does not seem like a good bang for the buck...
    Will it be good for video editing? Photo editing *basic editing*

    I know that if I add up to 2gb of memory.. it will top the price of an iMac...

    But the problem is.. I already have a keyboard, a mouse, I JUST bought a new, BIG LCD screen, and I have another one sitting around...

    Advice? Answers?
  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    You could get a Macbook, and use the kb, mouse, & LCD as your home "dock", and have a killer lappy to go to Starbuck's with. :D
  3. Deenoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2007
    Meh.. I really don't need a Laptop... I really need a Desktop computer.

    And also... If I get a mac mini, what would be cool would be to use a KVM to switch between the :apple: and the (ah there's no poo smilie).
  4. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    I would seel the screen(or get a refund if you still can) and get an iMac. iMac's are the best bang for your buck. Yet it has been rumored that Apple is going to roll out some new ones very soon.
  5. Deenoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2007
    Oh of course what ever I do.. I'm waiting for Apple updates of Hardware.. Which will happen with Leopard.
  6. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2005
    A religiously oppressed state
    Here's what you do, get the iMac and hook the 22" LCD up as a second screen. Make sure you get a Mini DVI to DVI adapter or Mini DVI to VGA if that's what your screen uses.

    The mini is good for every day tasks, but I wouldn't try to do video editing on it (hard drive's too slow) basic photo editing would be fine though.

    Do remember that if there is a problem with the server that the movie file is coming from switching to a Mac will not solve your download issue.
  7. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I wouldn't get a mini until theres a "2" in between the CoreDuo
  8. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    I suggest waiting for Leopard and the Santa Rosa platform. It's up to you if you want those features or not. If you can't wait, how about these macs choices:

    Refurbished iMac 17-inch 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SuperDrive
    1GB (2x512MB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
    160GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
    Built-in iSight Camera and Apple Remote
    • Save 13% off the original price
    Original price: $1,199.00
    Your price: $1,049.00

    or if you can afford it, I recommend this:

    Refurbished Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5GHz
    Two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors
    1.25GHz frontside bus per processor
    1MB L2 cache per core
    512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
    250GB Serial ATA hard drive
    16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
    NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
    • Save 19% off the original price
    Original price: $3,299.00
    Your price: $2,699.00

    PPC is not dead and you'll get good resale value out of it when you plan to sell. If you do decide to get the PowerMac, upgrade the RAM to at least 1GB.
  9. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    Feb 20, 2007
    North Dakota
    New MacMinis will be released soon, in my opinion , wait until then and upgrade the heck out of it.
  10. Deenoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2007
    I was talking about download from a camera.
  11. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    Though I have a Mac mini, I would say go with an iMac. You can always use your monitor you have now with your iMac and have a killer dual-setup. I don't think you'd regret getting an iMac over a Mac mini.
  12. ivnj macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2006
    I just got a Mini. My dad has a G5 Imac. I would never get a IMAC. Only improved graphics a little. And more HD space. I just use an external HD. So nothnig really needed in a Imac for me. And it's not user serviceable either. It's hard to open the case and change memory and HD, etc. Mini isn't either but at least the screen is replacable. The Apple Store guy said the screen is about a 1,000 dollars repair. It's not worth it just for the builtin screen.

  13. Deenoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2007
    Yes, but do remember I intend to use it for video editing, and photo editing, among others. So along the Mini will have integrated graphics.. I think I'll say no to the Mini.

    But good news, with my part time job, I should make (and that is a pessimistic prediction) 900$ by WWDC.
  14. ivnj macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2006
    Imac has intergrated graphics also. Only the Pro model doesn't.

  15. eyemacg5 macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2006
    Derbyshire, England
    Only the lowest level imac has integrated graphics. I have the 20" iMac G5 (last rev) and imo its a good computer and the Intel ones are lots better.
  16. Deenoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2007
    New move :

    I have now been elected Student Trustee. I now need a Laptop, so I will try to get a Macbook.

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