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iMac - imac, is it worth it?


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i recently purchased the 2.16ghz macbook ( one week prior to the new ones ) and i absolutely love it, its my first mac and my first computer that i have owned, i was just wandering, i would quite like to have a powerful desktop with an apple logo on it lol to complete my collection. If i were to get it it wouldn't be until november next year. The macbook is perfect for me at the moment but as my needs increase would it be better for me to get the imac for home use or would the mbp be a more functional solution?

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It all depends on what your needs are. Not to mention that there will be upgrades over the next year so it would be better to consider this question a little bit further down the road.

Personally I would go for a desk top since you already have the macbook, but that is just me.
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I think the iMac is worth every penny! I just got one a few months ago, being new to Macs, but I absolutely love it. Since you already have the portability of the Macbook, I think the iMac would be a good choice for desktop. It really is a beautiful machine.

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thank you for everybodys help i will do just that, it will be my sweet sixteenth birthday and i will be treating myself to an imac i think. I think the imac is more likely to be upgraded as the macbooks have been recently upgraded ( to my annoyance one week after i purchased mine) lol im a total apple freak now i buy a macbook a month later i am planning my next...... you just cant beat them..... I think the macbook/imac combo would be a very good combo. What does everyone else think?
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The iMac should last as it is for at least another four-five months till it is updated. That being said, the iMac is a really amazing computer. Since you already have a notebook, you should ideally go in for a desktop. Instead of a 15" macbook pro, you will get a 24" iMac!
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yea i totally agree, the macbook is an amazing notebook and an imac would be the perfect combo for me, very excited have been saving a long time and have over $4000, got the macbook for my birthday and next year will definitely get the imac (maybe ill even get it from my parents) well thank you for everyone's input, feel free to post more of your opinions below...
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Forget the actual computer, you've got to decide about the desktop / notebook situation. Why did you get a laptop in the first place? Why do you think you want a desktop? If you got a desktop, where would that leave the notebook?

Mind you, you've got a year to decide :-)
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well basically i got this notebook because i needed one to do academic work and i knew it wasn't going to include anything too intensive. If i were to get a desktop it would leave my notebook as a travel partner and also for taking into school and i am also between three different houses all the time so it would be invaluable for those sort of tasks and finally for when i didnt want to be confined to a desk at home, so it would still get more than enough use. My imac would be for playing games on or dual booting with xp, and just as a system which is more expandable, more equipped for the future with expansion options, and has the capacity to do more intensive tasks without hindrance e.g. video editing etc (i think these things would be of interest to me especially as im doing gcse drama).... Also i would like one to complete my apple collection then i would have a notebook and a desktop. If i maxed out my macbook i.e. 3gb ram would that be sufficient?
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3bg RAM is good. iMac is a great machine. Little limited for intense gaming due to a small video card memory thats non upgradeable. That said I played World of Warcraft for 2 years on one with no real issues.

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the imac i would purchase would come with 256mb of vid memory, im pretty sure that will be sufficient for me to do editing, i am undecided wether i actually NEED it, in all honest i probably dont but i have more than enough money and its my sixteenth birthday next year and i want to treat myself, to be honest its possible ill get from my parents, but assuming i wont, i WOULD be willing to purchase it myself, would a macbook with 3gb ram run software such as CS3,Aperture,Final Cut smoothly ?
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no-one have anything to say?
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Yes. Anything with RAM >= 2gb should run the majority of applications smoothly.

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The macbook with GMA950 graphics will NOT run Final Cut studio 2. Final Cut studio 1 (that is, FCP 5 and others' that came out before Final Cut Studio 2) will run on the macbook albeit with a slight lag due to no graphics. However, Adobe CS3 and other apps will run fine on the macbook.
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hmmmm, my reasons for the imac exactly and it looks soooo good
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And suddenly your Imac is a laptop!

In all seriousness though you have made it clear you just want an imac cause you are smitten with them. I agree they are great systems but you really need to wait and see what they have in store for next year before you decide.

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