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I have heard good and bad things about Macs. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

Here's my problem.

I mostly used PC's and Windows throughout my "computing life." I have used Apple Computers/Macs in School, but they were "Old" and some of them were "REALLY old." (So I don't know a whole lot about Macs)

I have a good Computer now, but there is just too much competition to get on it (I have a Big Family) and I NEED to have it a lot of the time for "work". So, I need a Computer of my own. I have always liked the "look and feel" of Macs, so I went to Apple's Site to check out some of the comps they have. I knew I wanted something like the iMac or the New iMac but the thing is it's low system bus.

I mean I can live with 600-700MHz; but the 100MHz system bus isn't enough... (Me thinks)

The Basic things I will be doing with the iMac or New iMac is:

Photoshop 7
Music
Internet (2-3+ Browsers Open)
Instant Messaging
E-mail
Chat

Some Simultaneously.

(I Usually use with my PC; 2-3 Internet Browsers, Photoshop 7, and Instant Messaging (AIM) simultaneously.)

My question is, Can an iMac or New iMac with 600-700MHz, 100MHz System Bus handle that ("that" is; 2 Internet Browsers (IE), Photoshop 7, and Instant Messaging (AIM) and still be relatively fast? The PC I use now has 800MHz (I'm not sure about system bus).

Help?

[ 04-30-2002: Message edited by: Chaos ]</p>
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[quote]Originally posted by Chaos:
<strong>I have heard good and bad things about Macs. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

Here's my problem.

I mostly used PC's and Windows throughout my "computing life." I have used Apple Computers/Macs in School, but they were "Old" and some of them were "REALLY old." (So I don't know a whole lot about Macs)

I have a good Computer now, but there is just too much competition to get on it (I have a Big Family) and I NEED to have it a lot of the time for "work". So, I need a Computer of my own. I have always liked the "look and feel" of Macs, so I went to Apple's Site to check out some of the comps they have. I knew I wanted something like the iMac or the New iMac but the thing is it's low system bus.

I mean I can live with 600-700MHz; but the 100MHz system bus isn't enough... (Me thinks)

The Basic things I will be doing with the iMac or New iMac is:

Photoshop 7
Music
Internet (2-3+ Browsers Open)
Instant Messaging
E-mail
Chat

Some Simultaneously.

(I Usually use with my PC; 2-3 Internet Browsers, Photoshop 7, and Instant Messaging (AIM) simultaneously.)

My question is, Can an iMac or New iMac with 600-700MHz, 100MHz System Bus handle that ("that" is; 2 Internet Browsers (IE), Photoshop 7, and Instant Messaging (AIM) and still be relatively fast? The PC I use now has 800MHz (I'm not sure about system bus).

Help?

[ 04-30-2002: Message edited by: Chaos ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

By browsers I take it you mean browser windows, this is not necessary in OSX as you have a "page holder" function on IEMac which lets you browse links from your main page on the main browser window while retaining the original page.
Yes, by all means get the new iMac, its super fast.
Remember, 700MHz G4 is potentially as fast as 1.8GHz P4 and processes data in huge chunks courtesy of Altivec Velocity engine unlike the Pentium which ends up in a bottleneck of data.
As for the system bus, its only a percentage slower than the G4 towers and you'll probably not notice the difference, dont worry.
You will be able to do all you want and more,check out itunes for music - it rips and burns CDs in super fast time, but make sure you get plenty of RAM with your machine to use all these apps, I recommend at least 512Mb and you will have no hassle.
Read around these boards and check out magazines such as "MacWorld" , "MacFormat" etc. They will help you make an informed decision.
But I guarantee you , the new iMac is one tough little workhorse!
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