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Old 01-30-01, 07:31 PM
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I have a friend who does desktop publishing/graphic design type work for a living, so she's most comfortable with Macintosh computers.

She's also thinking of maybe starting her own home based business. But this is only a possibility at this point.

In any case, she wants to buy a Mac and since space is rather limited and money is not falling from the skies, she is currently looking at getting an iMac DV SE:

Specs:
500MHz PowerPC G3
512K L2 cache
128MB SDRAM
30GB Ultra ATA drive
DVD-ROM w/DVD-Video
RAGE 128 Pro graphics
10/100BASE-T Ethernet
56K internal modem
15-inch display
(13.8-inch VIS)
Two USB ports
Two FireWire ports
VGA video mirroring
AirPort ready

Price: $1,499.00 ($1299.00 after rebate)

It will also come with an HP printer that is supposedly "free" with mail in rebates.

Can anyone tell me if I should warn her away from these machines, or is this a decent machine that will be good enough for DTP/Graphics on a small scale?

Thanks for any recommendations!

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Old 01-30-01, 07:49 PM
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Any chance on getting a G4?
256MB Ram?
and definitely larger monitor so you/she can work comfortably at higher resolution.

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Any chance on getting a G4?
256MB Ram?
and definitely larger monitor so you/she can work comfortably at higher resolution.

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Well, she could get the extra memory later.

G4s are a bit more than she wants to spend. Especially if you factor in the purchase of a monitor.

I'll check and see if she can attach an external monitor.

Do you know if these things have any expansion slots?
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Old 01-30-01, 10:13 PM
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Sorry Blade, specifics on the innards of Macs i know veeeeeeeery little about . the suggestions i made were from experience work with video capturing, editing, and rendering (could always use more powerful processor to cut down rendering time and more ram) as well as detailed photo/graphic editing (hence the need for higher resolution on monitor).

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Old 01-30-01, 11:24 PM
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That's ok. I know much less about Macs than you do.

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

Based on what you've seen, can you tell me if there's that much of a difference between similarly clocked G3's and G4's?
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Here's some tests/reviews.

http://www.theimac.com/news/article/166.shtml
http://www.lowendmac.com/ppc/g4saw.shtml

I couldn't give you a review of my own b/c my only experience editing/rendering video on a Mac is on a G4 machine.

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quote:
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Here's some tests/reviews.

http://www.theimac.com/news/article/166.shtml
http://www.lowendmac.com/ppc/g4saw.shtml

I couldn't give you a review of my own b/c my only experience editing/rendering video on a Mac is on a G4 machine.

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That G4 sounds impressive. I think I'll tell her to save up for the G4 if there's a really good chance she's going to start her own business.

Thanks for all the help!

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Old 01-31-01, 03:54 AM
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I think she would be much better off with a G4 PowerMac, which can be had for c$1000 refurb or even new/old models. The expandability and being able to run a couple of larger high-end monitors will be a big benefit for anyone doing DTP. As the new 2001 line was just announced, there are some great deals to be had on suddenly old inventory.

That said, the iMac is a very capable machine, but depending on how involved she gets, she may want more versatility. And more doesn't really cost more.

Forgot where I saw the c$1000 machines, but a quick look over at Small Dog shows a G4/400 64MB/20GB/DVD/56K/Gb Ethernet, new in the box, for $1299. Considering the cost of RAM right now, you can add 256MB for $80, and a very high quality 45GB IBM HD for another $150 if needed. It would be in a different league than the G3 iMac. Of coursem it doesn't have a monitor (any PC one will work) or a printer ($100 gets a very capable Epson these days).

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Just a thought



But a very good one!

I'll give her that info.

Thank you!
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The last revision of the G4 tower is currently on closeout sale from apple. The G4 400 is $1299. I think Outpost is adding free RAM.

A decent 17 inch monitor is about $250, so this is not that much more than the iMac, and is much more expandable, including processor upgrades.

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