iMac or PC

  Proclaimer 21:04 05 Aug 2008

Looking for a new 'box' with a focus on Video capture from Hi-8, VHS and the like and Film (35mm and such like) Scanning at 4000 dpi. So, what do I want to spent my money on?


Intel QX9650 Core 2 Extreme Skt 775 SLI Gaming Base Unit
- 01 - Case PSU - 550w Thermaltake
- 02 - Memory - 4gb DDR2 1066 Memory (2x2gb)
- 03 - Hard Drive 1 - 750gb SATA2 Hard Drive
- 03 - Hard Drive 2 - 750gb SATA2 Hard Drive
- 04 - Optical Drive 1 - 16x DVD Drive
- 07 - Dual 512mb Nvidia GeForce 8800GT (SLID)
- 11 - Operating System - Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)
(no monitor)

Or this?

Mac 24-inch
3.sigh Intel Core 2 Duo
GB Serial AT Drive
X double-layer Super Drive
NEVADA Ge Force 8800 GS w/M GADDER
Mac OS X V.5 Leopard


I have never used a Mac before and whilst it is not a problem to move over to a Mac from the point of learning a new OS, it is a problem trying to work out what platform is the one to use.

At the moment for example, my 3.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core PC with 2GB RAM takes about 3 hours to render a 90 min video capture for burning.

So let me hear your comments and questions please and see if we can decide what I should buy.

  Proclaimer 11:50 07 Aug 2008


  jack 12:13 07 Aug 2008

you are stuck with Mac software.
Yes many applications have a Mac versions-
Photoshop etc.
But you wont get the huge range of PC stuffthat is out there -
Then perhaps you wont need it.
Surf a few Mac sites and forums to see what it is all about.

  djbenny 12:45 07 Aug 2008

theres an application called parrlell or something for mac to run windows apps.

  djbenny 12:46 07 Aug 2008
  cream. 14:23 07 Aug 2008

For that kind of work, the mac's the best option.

You can use boot camp which is incorporated into leopard to run a parallel windows O\S on the mac.

  cream. 14:24 07 Aug 2008
  Quiet Life 16:18 07 Aug 2008

see the postings on this page click here=
I had a 20inch several months ago and returned it as the variable colour as you scrolled down or side to side rendered it useless for video editing. I did not know this problem existed when I bought otherwise I would have given it a miss.
Previous imacs were OK. Some people say the 24inch was less affected but at the price you are paying you want to be 100% happy before you purchase. It would seem Apple are not doing anything about this problem but there are rumours about a new type of screen

  Proclaimer 19:53 07 Aug 2008

more specifically, would XP Pro run inside the VM if it was a MAC Pro with Two CPU's or would that confuse XP?

I am leaning toward the Pro box because I could add extra drives to it just like a PC.

  Proclaimer 19:55 07 Aug 2008

the IMAC-24 now. I think I will visit the retail store in Southampton too and ask them about it.

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