We are an elementary school with our own LAN and about 240 iMacs running OS 9.2.2. The LAN works fine. Now, we have another $20 000 to spend and our school board has licensed Panther. Should we spend that money upgrading the RAM in all our iMacs and switching over to Panther? This will use up all our money. Or should we use that money to buy some eMacs or Mac Minis?<br><br>Sincerely,<br><br>Jim<br><br>
If you buy new computers, they'll come pre-installed with the lastest OS — which after the end of April, will be Tiger. And I'd get the eMacs over the Minis. Very sturdy, and no need to buy displays.<br><br>
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Hello jalain,<br><br>I assume you have older generation iMacs because your running OS 9, so therefore IMO I would not upgrade the Macs with RAM because it would not be cost effective.<br>I would...<br>keep the iMacs as surplus, and use the $20,000 ( with your educational discount) to consider purchasing eMacs in place of Mac Mini's.<br>Why...<br> because they already come with the screen, mouse, and keyboard. That would save in having to purchase those extras for the Mac Mini's. And if you wait until the end of the month they will come bundled with the Tiger OS, and iLife. A much better deal for the kids.<br>Good Luck !!<br><br><br>
#224623 - 04/19/0502:12 AMRe: Need some advice
Thanks for your help guys. I'll take your advice and buy some new machines, but I'm leaning toward Minis simply because I can get monitors for free and keyboards really cheap.<br><br>Thanks again<br><br>
Like Snag mentioned get at-lease 512 ram each machine.<br><br>With that large purchase the School should be able to cut a sweet deal on 512 ram chips. Have your IT department install and send back the 256 chips for an even better discount<br><br>
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