Which iMac?

whj

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First off I am a new member to the forum, though I have been reading posts on here for awhile. I am familiar with Apple products to an extent, as I have an iPhone 4S and iPad 2, both of which I LOVE! However, I have never had a Mac computer but I am seriously considering a new iMac. My PC is a Dell that's about 5 years old now and its not as quick as it used to be though it's still usable. But, after trying out the iMacs a few times at Best Buy and the Apple store, I really would like to get one, especially considering the amount of time I spend on my computer. The question is...which one would work best for me? I'm hoping that I can get some feedback on this.

I'm currently in Grad school working on my thesis so I spend a lot of time writing and rewriting. I also have really old documents that were saved from microfilm that I view on the computer. I teach part time at a local 2 year college and those classes have an online component so I spend a fair amount of time online and reading and sending emails. Also create a lot of presentations and such. Games are fun but I'm not a hardcore gamer. I do like to do some video editing, but it would be more along the lines of iMovie stuff. I like stuff like google earth but I don't think I do anything that's overly taxing on the processor or memory. I do want to make sure that whatever I get will be able to keep up for awhile. At least as long as my Dell.

I know this was kind of a long post but I wanted to give as much info as possible. I'm also aware that there may be a refresh in the near future but I've always been one to buy a product after the bugs have been worked out (the iPhone 4S being my exception). I'm pretty sure I don't need the top end 27". I'm more concerned with the difference between the 21.5" Base, 21.5 2.7ghz i5, and the 27" base. Is there a noticeable difference in processors and GPU? Also, do you think the 27" screen is worth the extra money? Again, my apologies for the length of this post.
 

miles01110

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Screen size is a personal choice that you'll have to decide on. In my experience the smaller screen is more than large enough for the tasks you mention. Also there's no reason I can see for you to get anything other than the base model.
 

deepakvrao

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I also think that the base model should do all that you need, and at most maybe a RAM upgrade to 6/8gb should be all that you need extra.

My daughter does pretty much that much, and adding 2gb to the base model has made it a pretty fast computer for her needs.
 

gangof4

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Which iMac

whj: What subject do you teach? I work at a two-year college and we use Blackboard 9.1 which runs well on my iMac (if one could say Bb 9.1 runs well at all.)

I did my Masters thesis on an Apple IIC and that was a real experience! You had to flip around the disks every ten seconds.

I can run anything I need for academia on an iMac except our student management software.
 

whj

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whj: What subject do you teach? I work at a two-year college and we use Blackboard 9.1 which runs well on my iMac (if one could say Bb 9.1 runs well at all.)

I did my Masters thesis on an Apple IIC and that was a real experience! You had to flip around the disks every ten seconds.

I can run anything I need for academia on an iMac except our student management software.
My focus is History, though right now I'm just teaching Freshmen orientation classes. A large part of the class is online assignments, discussions, and quizzes. We also use Blackboard, though they give it a different name. So I'm glad it will run that well.

I've been writing my thesis on my DELL, but I'm hoping I will be completing it on a new iMac. :D

I haven't tried our student management software on a Mac, but I know it will run on an iOS device, so hopefully it will work with a Mac. What software do you use?
 

Medic278

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The base 21.5 should serve you just fine. If you want use iStat once you have it to get a better idea if you need more RAM, I currently have 8gb in mine and it flies. You will be very happy with the base iMac they are great machines and just work which is a really big deal for someone like me who defected from windows.