I need a new Mac. My circa 1999 G4 (with a 2.0GHz upgraded processor) just won't cut it anymore, especially since more and more Mac software is requiring an Intel processor. I'd most likely buy it after Christmas so I can roll my birthday and Christmas presents from the SO into buying a new one. I've got a MacPro at work and love it, but I just don't have the $$ to spend on one at home. My question is, will a 24" iMac do the job? I'd be running CS4 applications, doing a bit of high-def video editing with iMovie HD (I hate the new version), and other "normal" stuff like word processing which doesn't take big processing power. Would the standard video card (ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO) be good enough, or would it be better to get the upgraded one (NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS)?
What about the display? Will it work fine? I don't mind glossy screens--my MacBook has one and it doesn't bother me. And in my computer room at home, I don't have a problem with reflections. I imagine I could calibrate it the same as I would any other monitor... I've seen in some of the LL videos that Michael uses an iMac, so I guess it must work for him.
Any help and thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
Your alternatives are:
1. to get a refurbished white 24" iMac with a matte display from Apple, which has warranty. Max it out to 3 Gb, great machine. Or any other model you'd like.
Here's an overview for today, October 22nd.http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebO...&esvid=1989
2. Invest your money in an excellent screen, and use it with your MacBook ( how old is it? Would it be fast enough/have enough RAM?).