What should I replace my imac with?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by snickrep, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. snickrep macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2004
    I have owned both PC's and Macs and wondering what I should replace my imac G4 800MHz with. I am interested in buying a notebook, but apple notebooks are expensive and I haven't found much luck finding cheaper models (tried powermax.com already). But i'm also interested in looking into the mac mini, faster imac G4 models, eMac models, or even the powermac G4 models. I mainly plan to do 3d animation, photoshop work, and web design. But my imac G4 is getting outdated for that. I was also wondering if the G4 processor is outdated because I'd hate to spend money on a new mac only to find out it performs the same as my current imac. If anyone can help me decide than that will be great. My budget is somewhere around or below $750. If I can't find a mac, guess I'll have to go with a pc since cheaper options exist.

  2. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    if you're budget is below 750, an ibook or mac mini are your only choices
  3. snickrep thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2004
    ok put the $750 aside and then tell me what mac is good for my needs (3d animation, photoshop). New budget, below $1,000.

    Is there any good refurb/used mac stores besides powermax?
  4. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    This is a rough time to be buying almost any computer, but considering your budget and the improved performance you would gain, I would go directly
    to the Apple Red Tag sales and buy a latest model 1.33 GHz ibook 12"
    for $799.00

    Apple refurbs are usually in new condition and sometimes ship with extras
    like larger hard drive or extra RAM

    If you can save just a bit longer and take advantage of any education pricing, then hands down, buy the new 17" iMac.

    You will have to wait for universal binary application updates from third party developers, but you'll have a brand new state of the art machine for $1199.

    You will need to upgrade the RAM in either machine to at least 1 GB, but that's not terribly expensive these days.

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