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Part: 4 Extending Your Reach > So Which Mac Is Right for You?

So Which Mac Is Right for You?

With these three factors in mind—budget, requirements, and expandability—let's see if we can find the perfect new Mac for you. But before we do, allow us to issue this important caveat: The world doesn't stop just because words have been committed to print. We fully understand that new Mac models will be introduced after we've fluffed this little book's pillow and put it to bed. Although the following examples apply to the Macs available as of this writing, you can generally apply the same rules to later generations of Macs.

For the Budget-Conscious Desktop User

Currently the cheapest new Mac you can get is the base-model Indigo iMac. For your $799 you get a 500 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 64 MB of RAM, a 20 GB hard drive, a 56K modem, an ATI Rage 128 Ultra graphics chipset with 16 megabytes of video RAM, a CD-ROM drive (for creating CDs), and a built-in 15-inch monitor. Like all iMac models, this iMac has two FireWire ports, two USB ports, a 10/100Base-T Ethernet port, and a VGA video-out port, and it can accept an AirPort wireless networking card. This is a perfectly fine Mac for general use—e-mail, Web browsing, word processing, home finances, and game playing. Your grandmother or your kids would probably be tickled to own this machine. For $999, you can move to 128 MB of RAM and a CD-RW drive and pick between Indigo and Snow.


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