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iMac 17" or MacBook, 1GB or 2GB


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I am seriously considering changing my home computer. I currently have a PC more than 6 years old, so instead I use my work laptop at home. This laptop I plan to upgrade next year to a new Core 2 Duo with Vista on it.

So, for my home I would like to try a Mac. However, I cannot decide on which mac to get. My budget is around $1000-$1300.

I will mainly be using this computer to surf the web, manage my iTunes library and iPod, rip my CDs (I would like to do this on the background, will I do something else), store my digital pictures, do some wordprocessing and spreadsheets, and maybe try to do some home video editing. I will not be doing any gaming.

However, I do like to kep my computer up to date with the latest software and try out new things, so I might be using Parallels sometimes.

Usually I buy my PCs (for work) with enough power so that they will last for about 4 years, however my home computer will have to last longer than that (5 or 6 years maybe)

I cannot decide between:
17" iMac with 2Ghz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD: $1199.00
17" iMac with 2Ghz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD: $1274.00
17" iMac with 1.83GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD: $1249.00
17" iMac with 1.83 GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD: $1074.00
MacBook with 1.83 GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD: $1224.00 (portability is a nice plus, but remember I will have a Vista laptop next year for work)

I guess, basically my question is: Which one should I give preference to processor speed or RAM?

And one final question. I have a IOmega 250GB external HD. Will I be able to plug it on the Mac?
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ram, you will not notice a difference in the processor speed
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i would go with 2ghz, 1gb ram, 250gb (#2)

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Thanks for your responses. How easy or difficult is it to upgrade RAM on an iMac. Will it void the warranty if I do it myself? I could always go for 1GB now and upgrade later to 2GB if needed (off course I would have to throw away the two 512MB dimms)
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Today i made my decision and purchased a 17" iMac with 2GHz, and 1GB of memory. I won't be able to play with it until after Christmas. I will let you know how it goes then.
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It should be dead easy to upgrade your RAM on an iMac. It says how to do it in the manual. Doesn't void the warranty as far as I know.
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Thanks for your responses. How easy or difficult is it to upgrade RAM on an iMac. Will it void the warranty if I do it myself? I could always go for 1GB now and upgrade later to 2GB if needed (off course I would have to throw away the two 512MB dimms)

Its very simple to upgrade RAM on an iMac. I have done it myself and im NO computer tech. You just unscrew a few screws the back will pop off and you pop in the memory.. very simple.. as far as if it will void your warranty? I doubt it would BUT i suggest you call apple and ask first befor you touch the thing. 1800-my-apple


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