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Hi all,
I've been looking at buying a new computer and had decided what spec I was going for, then right out of the blue looked up on the Macs and was quite impressed to see how much they are really liked by the people who already have them. To be honest I haven't a clue on how they work compared to a Windows PC, so that's why I joined this forum to maybe convince me to buy an iMac.
My main use would be image editing large raw files, maybe a bit of video editing in the future and general browsing, but definately no gaming.
I was looking at a 21.5 or 27 imac and was really excited about both of them, but compared to a Windows PC I would appreciate any help on what advantages or disadvantages I would have with them. I mean this may sound a bit silly to experienced Mac users but programmes like Outlook express for e-mailing and others like MS Office and Word plus general browsing, are there any similarities or would I find it difficult to make the initial switch? Once again I would really appreciate any help whatsoever no matter how simple it may sound some of you experienced Mac lovers.

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First of all, I just switched from a Win machine to a OSX machine. What finally sold me was that I could dual boot into Win7 using Bootcamp. This meant I didnt have to worry about getting all new software licenses. Don't set up the dual booting right away, play in OSX for a bit. I waited a week to dual boot mine and I only use it for video rendering and Adobe CS3. Right now, that has been about 5 hours or so a week (I am not shooting right now.)

I got Office:mac 2011 Business edition with Outlook 2011 and love it. I had Office 2007 on my Win7 machine so the transition was cake.

If you are looking at doing any kind of video production (I do between 10 to 20 hours a week while shooting) get the top-listed processor and plan on upgrading the RAM asap. The RAM you can do after you purchase, but not the processor.

Also, what about a MacBook Pro? I will never go back to a desktop machine again. I can always get an external monitor for my MBP if I need to.

The switch will not be terrible, in fact, it should be pretty easy. Stay with this site, read the sticky posts in the Switcher section and you should be fine.

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Thanks for some good advice Deckyon, appreciated.

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