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Old September 25th, 2005, 09:16 AM   #1
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iMac, eMac, or PowerMac??

Hi guys. I just need some advise here. I've decided to buy a G5 and run FCP5 instead of Avid and a PC. With that said, I know nothing when it comes to Apple computers. What is the advantages/disadvantages to these computers? Does it just come down to PowerMac is expandible and the others aren't? (or are they?) Will they all do the same thing and it just comes down to the amount of room and money you have for a computer? What's the deal? Help out a newbie before he buys the wrong thing.Thanks.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 09:48 AM   #2
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You'll get some varied opinions on this, but the bottom line is it depends on how "serious" you are about video editing.

If you're a hobbyist cutting and editing home videos from a handheld camcorder or whatnot, an iMac or eMac should suffice, although in that case I'd go with the more powerful of the 2, the iMac.

If you're more serious and are going to do movie-making or anything more extensive than home video editing ala iMovie, which I would guess you are (you did say FCP) - definitely go PowerMac. An iMac very well could be fine though, but there is something to consider in either of these 2 cases with the iMac and the eMac. If something goes wrong, you have to bring the entire machine in for a repair, even if it's something minor. With a full desktop you just bring in the particular part.

At least, that is what I imagine you would do. I don't see why Apple or an Apple dealer would require the complete setup for say a hard-drive replacement (unless you wanted full diagnosis of your machine maybe).

That is about the only reason I personally wouldn't get an iMac for any reason. But besides that, the PowerMac is quite more robust and another important factor is upgradability.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 06:59 PM   #4
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Thanks Boyd. That really helped me make my decision.
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