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Shylock1966
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject: Possible Switcher Advice wanted Reply with quote

Hi been using Pc since the 80`s have a good system but now into Video and photo in a big way and can see the pitfalls in a PC. I am looking at a mac but need advice please. I am sitting here with a cracking 22inch Samsung Monitor so I am looking at the Mac-Mini but is this up to scratch when it comes to working with my Videos and inputting movies from my DV camera, I will upgrade to 2mb ram. Or will this be insufficient do I need a Imac, only trouble with these bit tight for room in my little place the wife gives me, can my PC use the screen on a Imac ?. Again if the Mac-mini is good enough I would like your advice. I have no interest in games on it, spreadsheets word etc will be left on the Pc Just Photo, Video, Music that’s it nothing else has it got the guts ?.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure that the mini will serve you well. If you're doing movies and photos, you'll be able to do that on a mini. I now use my mini only for photo work and for importing music from LPs. I use iPhoto, iTunes and iMovie, CS3 and other apps on my mini. You should go for the 2.0 Core2Duo, it has a SuperDrive. You should also upgrade to 2GB of RAM. Since space is an issue for you, the mini would probably be best for you. An iMac would be faster but it also costs a lot more and takes up more space which seems to be an issue there. You wouldn't be able to share the iMac display either. If you use MS Office, it is available for the Mac so you could do your other stuff as well. Of course, I'm not recommending Office 2008 at this time since I find it very slow. I upgraded the day it was released. Hopefully future upgrades will fix that. Keep posting about your decision and welcome to the forum.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the mac mini would serve you well. Upgrading the RAM to 2 or even 3gb can't be recommended enough especially for video and photo work. Welcome to the forum.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Switching Reply with quote

I all I ever knew was pc's since the 80's. Tried the mac once back in the late 80's in college...bad experience. That was then, it is now 2008 and I must say, MACS rock!! I purchased an Imac in late August of 2007 and just purchased a mini last month..I am replacing all my pc's. The only time I am dealing with a pc, is at work. To do your music, video and photos, there is only one choice - MAC. I purchased the mini (2.0) and upgraded the ram to 2 gig...it was easy....you'll add a putty knife to your toolkit in the process...it helps to open the mini. I believe if you get a mini, you will not be disappointed. Does the movies, photos and music just fine....Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll add my voice to the others. The iMac is an excellent computer, but the mini should easily meet your needs. You may find that certain programs available on the Mac will handle your Microsoft Office needs. Aside from Office Mac itself, Apple's iWork reads and writes to Word/Excel format (.doc, .xls), as does the freeware program, NeoOffice. With an Intel Mac, you even have the option of running Windows itself (plus Windows software) at native speeds, so you can even consider getting rid of your PC, making more space and less noise!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought my first Mac last year which was an iMac. Since then I have bought a Macbook for my daughter and in the last week a Macbook Pro for myself.

At home I use the iMac but did use a Dell laptop for Uni and Work, but the Macbook Pro has now taken over those roles.

I manage all my stuff solely on the Mac platform without a windows logo in sight. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:00 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

many thanks for your info, by the time i ad the other ram to the thing and the top cpu spec i am not far from the cost of the small screen Imac. i will soon have to make up my mind. Videostudio9 and the pc are rubbish.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased my first mac over a month ago. i bought the mac mini 1.83 dual core 2 duo with one gig of ram. I could not be any happier. Its a fast little machine, even with just one gig of ram. Leopards ILife '08 Programs are a great addition to a very stable operating system. I use Iphoto, Garage Band & Iphoto. Your going to love the difference. Good Luck!
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