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DesignVHL
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Hey there!

I'm ready for an upgrade very soon! I will probably buy with in 3-6 months (I SURE HOPE!)

I need a new mac! I just am not sure which will be the best for me! Right now, I have a G4 400Mhz with a 20 GB HD- which is HARDLY enough space! I do have an external HD, but still...

What I'd like to do, is buy a new mac, and use my current one just for music. I am going to use it as a part of our whole-house home theater system. Which will allow us to listen to music anywhere in the house. I can't wait to do this!!!

So, with that in mind, my new MAC! To help understand which would be the best for me, I'm going to give you an idea of what my requirements are.

FIRST, I want top o the line! But I am not loaded, and it will depend upon how well my freelance pays me! I'm hoping to spend about 3-5K - or should I say earn this much! ( I Have a full-time job, so freelance is like my second job, i can only handle so many clients at one time!) but it still needs to be with in reason! I guess supplying me w/ a few different options based upon different price options would help!

OK, So, I'm art director/graphic designer. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Director, InDesign and so on.... I need a very powerful graphics machine that will be able to handle these graphic applications, as well as 3D apps. and graphics. I really would like to get into 3D design, and have dabbled a bit. But my G4 just is not the best support! I'd also like to get myself a wacom pad. AND add in a second graphics card-or have one installed that will let me hook up a second monitor.

Also, I'll probably utilize it for some sound and video editing. And would also like to be able to use it to play some intense-high graphics 3D games and the such. So I think I do need a top notch machine here!

Also, I would like to consider, if possible, a laptop such as the 17" G4. Can I get the powerful machine I want from a laptop? Since I already have a monitor, if I did get a desktop, I would only need the desktop tower, not the display. I am so hoping to get a laptop, but if it isn't going to give me the power I need, then it will be worthless to me! Although I really wish I had that mobility! I'd love to be able to use my MAC at work!! Right now, I'm stuck on a PC, unless I buy it myself.

So, with these in mind, I'm open to your suggestions!

Thanks for your insights!

Valerie
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