Switching to IMAC 17"...questions?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Since most of my work on computers involves Excel, Word, and Internet with heavy dose of mult-tasking, been told that IMAC 17 with 1G Ram should be adequate (currently have Dell P3 800). Also back-up using Direct CD, play music, and record music CD's.

After comparing HP and Mac at local CompUSA store, no comparison as to quality but cost about $700 more for IMAC 17 due to SW and some hardware.

Three questions:

How do I enhance sound or are the Apple pro speakers adequate? Maybe could use my current speakers (analog not USB) by connecting thru Sonica External USB Audio Upgrade?

Will need faster CD-RW...appears 2 are best value...LaCie and Fantom? Any suggestions?

Will I need SW such as MacLink Plus since I backup all files on Direct CD (packet writing) using Roxio?



  • Reply 1 of 6
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    wait... good things come to those who wait. The iMac will not be appreciably faster than your p3 800 in Office and it might actually be slower on the internet (though Safari will eventually adress this)
  • Reply 2 of 6
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Patience, grasshopper. The end of the month draws near.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    cyloncylon Posts: 126member
    The apple speakers aren't bad. Not the best out there but adequate. Especially if you add an iSub. Gives you the bass the speakers lack.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    wait till the 27th, then get an iMac with the iSub (really helps the sound if you play music alot....much fuller and deeper....best 59 bucks you will spend on your computer...) g

    you iMac will do great with all the Office apps and will surf the web fine....lacie has a nice 48X burner at apple for 179, 169 in edu store....g
  • Reply 5 of 6
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    OWC has a 48x burner for $140

    <a href="http://eshop.macsales.com/Catalog_Item.cfm?ID=5348&Item=OWCMRFW4824S"; target="_blank">http://eshop.macsales.com/Catalog_Item.cfm?ID=5348&Item=OWCMRFW4824S</a>;

    Edit: J&R has a TDK 24x burner for $80 after rebate

    <a href="http://www.jandr.com/JRProductPage.process?RestartFlow=t&Merchant_Id=1&; Section_Id=1752&pcount=&Product_Id=3345116&Sort=" target="_blank">J&R: TDK 24x Firewire CD-RW</a>

    [ 01-18-2003: Message edited by: MCQ ]</p>
  • Reply 6 of 6
    bodhibodhi Posts: 1,424member
    Do NOT buy an iMac before Jan. 27th.
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