What new mac should I get?

nitynate

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Hi. I am new to the mac scene, and I am 13 years old. I have been saving for a new mac for quite some time now. I have about $1350 to spend on a new mac. What do you think would be good for a kid who is looking to do mainly photoshoppe and internet?
 

tartsquid

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I would say to go with a 17-inch iMac if you want a desktop, or an iBook if you want portability.

I'd personally go with an Intel iMac (and I'm planning to buy one soon :p) but others may have advice about the PPC vs Intel side of things.

Welcome to Macs!
 

nitynate

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tartsquid said:
I would say to go with a 17-inch iMac if you want a desktop, or an iBook if you want portability.

I'd personally go with an Intel iMac (and I'm planning to buy one soon :p) but others may have advice about the PPC vs Intel side of things.

Welcome to Macs!
Thanks, do you think it would work with macromedia's fireworks? I dont like photoshoppe as much as i have been accustomed to fireworks. So, yeah, the 17" seems like a good deal....... What do others think?
 

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Although I think the Intel iMac is a great idea, if it was me I'd also want to spend some money on extra RAM and maybe some other accessories like an external hard-drive for back-ups.

But from most accounts, you may want at least 1gb of RAM in the iMac.
 

nitynate

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Blue Velvet said:
Although I think the Intel iMac is a great idea, if it was me I'd also want to spend some money on extra RAM and maybe some other accessories like an external hard-drive for back-ups.

But from most accounts, you may want at least 1gb of RAM in the iMac.
So a 17" Intel Imac with 1 gig of ram and?
 

tartsquid

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Macromedia should update its software to work with the new Intels and in the meantime you can run the current version with Rosetta, though it may be a bit slow.
 

Blue Velvet

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nitynate said:
So a 17" Intel Imac with 1 gig of ram and?
Well... you may prefer a different kind of mouse for example. But the RAM would be a priority if you want to do graphics on your new machine.
 

nitynate

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tartsquid said:
Macromedia should update its software to work with the new Intels and in the meantime you can run the current version with Rosetta, though it may be a bit slow.
Yeah, but it is bound to be faster than a celeron dell laptop right?
 

nitynate

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Blue Velvet said:
Well... you may prefer a different kind of mouse for example. But the RAM would be a priority if you want to do graphics on your new machine.
I will be happy with the mighty mouse. When they come out with the wireless mighty mouse that will be mine. lawl.
 

nitynate

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ieani said:
Yes. Not that ive used rosetta but I think anything is an improvment over a celeron processor, the bargain intel chip.
Yep. The only reason that i bought a laptop with celeron is because i needed a computer right then. Now I can get a nice mac.:D
 

Dont Hurt Me

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nitynate said:
Hi. I am new to the mac scene, and I am 13 years old. I have been saving for a new mac for quite some time now. I have about $1350 to spend on a new mac. What do you think would be good for a kid who is looking to do mainly photoshoppe and internet?
Listen, a car is just down the road. Get yourself a Mini after the Intel shows up in them in the next month or two with a cheap monitor. Keep saving for that car:) My wife loves her Mini and it can do anything the other macs can do except the hardest gaming and even then it can play UT2K4. Thats my advice young man.
 

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Dont Hurt Me said:
Listen, a car is just down the road. Get yourself a Mini after the Intel shows up in them in the next month or two with a cheap monitor. Keep saving for that car:) My wife loves her Mini and it can do anything the other macs can do except the hardest gaming and even then it can play UT2K4. Thats my advice young man.
But the imac is so pretty......:D
 

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iMac is nice but the all in one thing doesnt allow for change of computer or monitor and thats a future handicap in my book. Still If your folks think its ok go for it just make sure you have 1 gig of ram whatever you do................. I grew up in Indian Rocks, Clearwater beach and my Mommy still lives there.:)
 

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Dont Hurt Me said:
...My wife loves her Mini and it can do anything the other macs can do...
Now c'mon... let's try to be a little realistic about exactly what the Mini's capabilities are.
 

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Blue Velvet said:
Now c'mon... let's try to be a little realistic about exactly what the Mini's capabilities are.
Look they have new mini's running a 1.5 G4 with a 64mb 9200, not much it cant do and the Intel powered Mini will only be faster. Plus he said internet & photoshop and a mini can do that easily.
 

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Dont Hurt Me said:
Look they have new mini's running a 1.5 G4 with a 64mb 9200, not much it cant do and the Intel powered Mini will only be faster. Plus he said internet & photoshop and a mini can do that easily.
There's Photoshop and then there's Photoshop.

I wouldn't fancy working on a 450ppi A4 image with a dozen or more layers, masks and whatnot on a Mini. Nor would I want to do 3D or video work — these are not production machines and it think it's only fair to be honest about their capabilities and their intended market.

I have problems running InDesign 3 on my dual 1.42 with 2gb of RAM — there's no reason to think that a Mini would be any better, if not worse.
 

T-Stex

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Personally, I'd go with a 17" Intel iMac, with 1GB of RAM. It's a great computer, and will do everything you need it to. Use the education discount, and you'll get it for right around $1300 or so.
 

nutmac

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I would get:

17" iMac Core Duo from Amazon: $1294.99 - $20.33 (A9.com discount) - $125 (Amazon mail in rebate) = $1149.66

Extra 512 MB DDR2 PC2-5200 (667 MHz) 200-pin SO-DIMM ($60-75) or 1 GB ($100-125)

It's true that many apps aren't Universal Binary yet but they are coming in fast and Rosetta isn't so bad at running most PowerPC apps (i.e., Fireworks and Photoshop all function good enough for casual to moderate use; many games will be unplayable though).

Regarding Fireworks vs. Photoshop, while I too prefer Fireworks, since Macromedia is now owned by Adobe, Fireworks will likely be phased out. You will get more out of learning Photoshop moving forward.