Upgrading from a Dell to a Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by AtHomeBoy_2000, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. AtHomeBoy_2000 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2005
    I have a 4 year old Dell Inspiron 8000 Laptop that is very quickly out growing its usefullness. In September or October I was thinking of buying one of those Mac Minis. How much of an upgrade in performance am i going to get?

    Here are the specs of the Insipron 8000 and the potential Mac Mini....
    Windows XP Home
    Pentium 3, 1 Ghz, 256 RAM
    20 GB Hard Drive

    Mac OS X
    1.42GHz PowerPC G4
    512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 DIMM
    80GB Ultra ATA drive
    4x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Internal Bluetooth + AirPort Extreme Card
    Wired Keyboard & Mouse Set

    Is this a substantial upgrade or should I just save up some more money and wait until January and buy a (hopefully upgraded) iMac G5? I dont want to buy a Mini if it is only going to provide a marginal upgrade over my laptop.
  2. Mav451 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    As always, we must ask:

    What are you using it for?

    If Internet browsing/email are the first things out of your mouth, you're fine.

    However, if you have some specific multimedia apps (Pro or consumer level), then you need to elaborate on that.
  3. AtHomeBoy_2000 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2005
    It would be primaraly for that. That is basically what I use my current computer for. I have never really been into video games on the computer (that's what PS2 is for. lol) My fiancee is going to start a wedding photography business in a year or so. Som i would imagine we would do some LIGHT photoediting in Photoshop Elements. We would probably use iPhoto as part of it as well. other than that, there isnt much. We will probably buy Reunion 8 in the near future, but that should run just fine on a mini.

    As for the pro stuff, I want to get into more video stuff, but when i do I am going to buy a PowerMac to dedicte just to video and audio work.
  4. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2003
  5. AtHomeBoy_2000 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2005
    That's a year or 2 down the line. :p

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