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So I've decided my next computer will be a Mac, I've fallen in love with OS X.

I've been looking at the iMac, Mini and MacBook, with the ocasional glance at the 12" PB G4

Right now, I have:

P4 Desktop (I use it mainly for testing stuff)
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2.8 Ghz
352 MB Ram
ATI 9700 Pro

AMD64 Laptop (used mainly for school, so all the time)
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Mobile 3400+ (2.2 ghz)
1 GB Ram
ATI Mobility 9600


What I'm looking to be able to do:
Lots of web browsing
Instant Messaging
Maybe a bit of web page/graphic design
Audio Editing (Audacity)
Photo editing (Using iPhoto/Gimp/Photoshop for example)
Making (Somewhat) Simple Movies
Ocassional game

What would you suggest being that I don't want to spend through the roof but also don't want to have to buy another computer in 1-2 years.

Also, what are your thoughts on things like AppleCare? (I havent had the best experience with best buy service plans)

Thanks :)

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I would HIGHLY recommend getting the iMac. It has an upgradable processor, so it should last you a while. I'm saving for one of these beauties.
As for Applecare, don't get me started. I have had TERRIBLE experiences with them. Save yourself the $170 and don't get it.

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The Mini should be adequate for you, but the iMac is always ideal...

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I would HIGHLY recommend getting the iMac. It has an upgradable processor, so it should last you a while. I'm saving for one of these beauties.
As for Applecare, don't get me started. I have had TERRIBLE experiences with them. Save yourself the $170 and don't get it.


woah.. upgradable processor??? I wasn't aware! I didn't think that was even possible...

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If you use anything from Adobe, you'll need a PowerPC Mac until sometime next year.

For everything else, a Mac mini would most likely suit your needs. Just make sure to max out the RAM.





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