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Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

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Am myself a hardware enthusiast on the windows side of PC's and have been building my own systems for many years now. Am also of the personal opinion of getting the best you can afford "within reason". The better systems do provide a better life span for those that actually use software that can make use of the power in the machine. If she likes and spends time on computers, don't think you'll have to worry about whether she'll use this or not.

I probably would compare the cost of the 24" with those upgrades to the Mac Pro. As to the upgrades you are looking at; the video card is worth the money, the hard drive is only a little overpriced and probably worth it just to have a single system drive rather than the 250 GB and buying a separate external drive. The 750 GB will be overkill however unless she is doing a lot of video graphics. I cannot recommend the 3GB upgrade in memory however at a price tag of $750 from Apple. Stick with the 1GB it comes with and then upgrade.

Memory is upgradeable in the iMac's.
Here are the directions for installing memory.
And here is a link for a 2GB module from Crucial at over $400 savings. Have seen many posts just in the short time I have been reading Mac forums and Crucial seems to be pretty universally accepted and well respected.

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