I've only ever owned two computers in my life, a Pentium 200 PC that I was given (and totally ran into the ground) and my current 700MHz eMac. I've been nothing but happy with my eMac but think that is coming time to upgrade. I've been planning since I was uninspired by Tiger to wait for 10.5 to be released before getting a new computer. While that is still a ways away, I wanted input on exactly what I should be looking for.
I really only seem to do very pedestrian things on my computer and everything I've thrown at my eMac, it has handled even with the slow processor and only 32MB of video so I know I don't need to go crazy and get a MacPro (I so would though
) but I did some figuring and at current prices I could save almost 600 dollars by getting a high end Mac mini with 3rd party 2GB RAM, 300GB HD (internal within a firewire enclosure), and an LG 19" widescreen LCD. I would be sacrificing the video card (256MB upgrade in iMac), about 170 GB in HD space, 340MHz in processor speed, and 1" of monitor realestate. I'm going to assume that even after a refresh in both product lines the potential savings remain the same so is the sacrifices worth the savings or would it be better to just get a baseline 20" iMac with a factory bump to graphics and acquire the RAM and the same HD I would for the mini?
Sorry that was long and wordy.