We're replacing our 8 year old Windows XP machine with a new computer and are leaning towards getting our first Apple. We purchased our last computer with an eye towards longevity and hoped to avoid premature obsolescence. After some serious bug/virus issues with Windows ME we upgraded to XP about five years ago and it has served us quite well. We spent about $1800 initially and between XP and various little doo-dads (new CD drive, power supply, maxing out the RAM to 512MB, etc.) we spent about $2500-$3K in all. Not so bad for nearly a decade. We are basically replacing it because it is maxed out with 512MB RAM and a 20GB Hard drive. We are having lots of latency issues and although we bought a 300GB external Hard drive, the machine is simply too overwhelmed to run it.
Wondering if anyone has opinions on iMac vs. Mac pro - in general, and for us specifically. We don't game at all; mostly do alot of digital photography, watch videos and listen to music in addition to the usual internet/email stuff. I do a lot of Word, Access and Excel for work but we'll probably keep the old XP computer as a backup, so no worries there (I am also on a PC at work). We may take on major scanning of all our old family photos soon, and I could see myself doing some home music recording and maybe the odd home video projects in the next five years or so.
I realize the iMac will probably suffice, and I know we're talking a $1000 difference in price. But I am not sure we wouldn't be better off laying out the extra grand now and be able to spend some money later for more hard drives and memory, along with getting the faster processors on the Mac Pro, versus saving $1k now and having to possibly get a whole new machine that much sooner (which I imagine will be a bit more than adding memory and storage - even tho I realize that stuff is wicked expensive.). Unless we'd be better off getting a whole new machine in time anyway? My friend still does lots of high-quality music and video etc. on his 2001ish G4 with no problems.