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I am a photographer and I will be using Photoshop and I think in terms of power tools that will be it...maybe some video editing and gaming so for the people that know both imac does the large benefits of the 24" amount to me getting the 24" over the 20" or is the power of the 20" more than capable....
 

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I am a photographer and I will be using Photoshop and I think in terms of power tools that will be it...maybe some video editing and gaming so for the people that know both imac does the large benefits of the 24" amount to me getting the 24" over the 20" or is the power of the 20" more than capable....
maybe a macpro would be more up your alley? I know the imacs are pretty good, but i would think a mp would be balls out faster than the imac for what you are describing. also, if you're maybe thinking of video editing..maybe get the machine that will be faster if you need the speed later. just a thought for looking ahead.

the other poster is right...same specs..just different sizes.
 

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The 20" has the same vertical as a normal 17" screen but extra width. With some versions of Photoshop you need all the width you can get because the pallettes no longer fold up neatly into the button bar. Not sure about the latest version of PhotoShop CS. I would be prone to go with the 20" and an additional 17" monitor to float the pallettes.

The better video card in the 24" would only be fully utilized for gaming or video apps.
 

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I like the 24 inch for Aperture & Lightroom and iPhoto. More pictures on the screen to scroll through. It is lightning fast. The screen is far superior to the smaller ones and brighter than a CRT. I prefer the one monitor and it lets me open two full size pages in Photoshop and have the palettes out of the way.
 

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The 24 inch iMac will do everything you need perfectly well
even if your editing a feature film which i have done , it works great and i find the 20 inch monitor way too small , all you might need is 3GB of RAM is the 1GB is doing the job but you should be fine.

This is my set up
 
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