Which Mac to Buy

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2005-01-26 Print this article Print

?"> When I made my decision to buy a Mac, I had to figure out which one I wanted. Remember that this was before the Mac mini was announced, so that wasnt an option. I hopped over to Apples online store and took a look around. I ruled out the iMac, because I already have a killer 23-inch Sony LCD monitor. Ditto for the eMac and the laptops. I already have a laptop and didnt want a G4 processor in any case. I wanted a G5. That left me with the Power Macs. My first impulse was to buy a single processor G5, but I later changed my mind and upped my order to a dual 1.85GHz system. I bulked the RAM up to 1GB and the hard disk to 260GB. I also ordered a GeForce 6800 Ultra for the video card, since I do a bit of gaming and the games I like to run require some real horsepower. The grand total for this little incursion into the world of Apple totaled about $3000 when all was said and done. Whew! Talk about jumping in with both feet into the deep end of the pool! Or perhaps its off the deep end...
Loyd: Just goes to show that Jim is a true ExtremeTech guy. Go for the biggest, baddest system… But ya shouldve spent a little extra for faster shipping!
A Cheap Spendthrift Waits Impatiently
Youd think that since I was splurging on my new Power Mac that I would also have paid for the fast shipping, right? Nope. As usual I cheaped out on the shipping and opted for a lower-cost shipping option. I hate myself when I do this. I really, really do. I did it with my Sony LCD and I did it again with the Power Mac. I ordered the computer around the 9th or so and got it about the 17th. Few people can claim that they are simultaneously extravagant and cheap...Im one of them. Needless to say, the wait drove me crazy! I kept checking the FedEx site to see where my Power Mac was and when it was going to get here. For some reason there was a delay in scanning it or something, which added a day to the wait. Around the 17th I finally got to the point of calling FedEx to find out just where the hell it was, and as I was on the phone, starting to bark at the poor FedEx woman...my doorbell rang. Loyd: OK, Jim, put down the handset. Step AWAY from the phone… Continued...

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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