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iMac - Choose an Imac or Mini for me


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I am coming from the PC world and this will be my first mac. I currently use a Dell with their 20" DVI Flat panel screen.

I am trying to spend no more than $2400 with everything so here are my choices:

Choice #1 -

IMAC 24" 2.16Ghz, 1GB Ram, 250GB HD, Wireless Mouse and Keyboard - $2060
Office Student -$149

Total $2210+ Tax


Choice #2 -
IMAC 20 2.16Ghz, 1GB RAM. 250GB HD, Wireless KB and Mouse - $1560
Upgrade RAM to 2.5GB Myself - $150
WD 500GB External HD USB- $200
Office - $149

Total - $2060+ tax

Choice #3 -
Mini 1.83Ghz, 512MB Ram, 160GB HD, Wireless KB and Mouse - $1060
Upgrade RAM to 2.0GB Myself - $150
WD 500GB External HD USB- $200
Office - $149

Use Dell Display of course

Total - $1560

This is what I will use computer for:

1. Internet
2. Word and Excel
3. Ipod Updates
4. Hopefully learn how to use Mac software to create online photo stuff
5. Hopefully make DVDs at some point from family videos.
6. Hopefully not have to reboot as much as I do my Dell
7. I do not play games anymore.
8. Create backup DVDs

Pros and Cons:

I worry that the Mini is not Core Duo 2 and wonder how that will affect me for what I plan to do.

If I get the 20" Imac I will probably use my Dell display as well for dual display. Is this overkill for what I plan to do?

24" solves the problem by giving me the biggest display and I will not use my Dell display.

So -
24" Imac - 1 display that is 24"
20" Imac - 2X20" displays
Mini - 1X20" Display

What would you fine Mac people do?
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The Mini with a Superdrive will easily handle all of your needs.

I personally would get the 20" iMac, because I own one, and LOVE it.
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Why is the 20" iMac more expensive than the 24"? If it were me, I'd go with the 24" iMac.

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Why is the 20" iMac more expensive than the 24"? If it were me, I'd go with the 24" iMac.

It's not. Where do you see that?
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Honestly, if you have the funds then I say go with the 20" they are the most GORGEOUS looking computers every. and since you are going to have the 20" Dell monitor then there is no going wrong there.

The 24" is great but like you mentioned above, with the 20" you will have enough dough to upgrade the rams yourself which is ALWAYs important.

I say iMac 20" Hands Down. I don't think have duel 20" Monitors is an OverKill I think its great

Hope that helped.
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Honestly, if you have the funds then I say go with the 20" they are the most GORGEOUS looking computers every. and since you are going to have the 20" Dell monitor then there is no going wrong there.

The 24" is great but like you mentioned above, with the 20" you will have enough dough to upgrade the rams yourself which is ALWAYs important.

I say iMac 20" Hands Down. I don't think have duel 20" Monitors is an OverKill I think its great

Hope that helped.
It did. I am leaning that way. I am thinking about buying my RAM from Crucial. Is that a reputable place to pick up RAM and is it hard upgrading the RAM myself. I have no problem building a PC but have no clue when it comes to the IMAC. Any instructions on how to do it?
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Any instructions on how to do it?

Yep.. Staight from the horses mouth

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303084
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