Buying First Mac - Need Experts Advice
Posted on 2009-02-11
I fried the cpu (my stupid mistake) on my PC and even though I could rebuild it (with a quad core 3.+Mhz) and faster ram for under $500, I have allowed my wife and children to talk me into buying an iMac to replace it as the family computer. Any of the iMacs are fine for their applications. I do some video editing as a hobby (with 5 kids I've got plenty to edit). Here are a few items I need your thoughts on.
"Preinstalled items" $150 for the extra 2GB of Ram?? Why can I buy it on Kingston's website for under $50? Am I missing something? Am I going to create PC-like stability issues? Even the apps like final cut express and Aperture are $50 less on Newegg. What's the extra $50 for, labor to install?
CPUs - I really need or for that matter want the 24" screen. But I do want the 3mhz CPU. More for whatever the future applications than what I'm doing now. I had an AMD dual core 2.4Mhz so I guess even the "loaded" 20" iMac would be slightly faster.
I think I will see a boost in the RAM chips from my old 184 pin DDR to the iMacs DDR2. But I did notice the CAS latency on the Kingston chips is 6 where my old Crucials were at 2.
I obviously know nothing about the architecture of a Mac so maybe they all work together to actually perform better. Are there any benchmark results that show how a Mac would rank vs a PC with similar CPU and RAM configuration (especially in speed of rendering video).
Any other buying tips would be most appreciated. Anything else I should look at that I may have missed? Hardware or apps.
On a final note, why don't they at least offer a 10,000 rpm HDD. It would help (I think) with video editing.
Thanks in advance for your advice