iMac question

Hello all,
I am seriously considering switching to Mac...specifically...I am considering purchasing an iMac.  I am looking at the 24"; 2.4Ghz model.  I would definitely want to up the memory from 1 gig to 2 (or more).  My question is, will there be a noticable difference between the 2.4Ghz and 2.8Ghz processor?  Obivously, I am concerned with the performance of VDL 2.5 (with Sibelius 5). 

Also, is now a good time to purchase?  I know development/release cycles can make a new computer obsolete very quickly (not as much the case on the Mac side, from what I am told).  Are we expecting anything new on the iMac front?  Any price drops? 

I would appreciate any input anyone could offer.

Two things...

#1 -- make sure you pick up one with a 7200rpm hard drive if possible.
#2 -- Macrumors is tossing around the idea that the MBP line will be ";refreshed"; shortly.

One more bonus...  if you are buying via AMEX, has quadruple points.  A $2000 purchase = $80 in points.

Good luck.
Thanks Jesse.  I will consider the refurb option.  I am still wondering if the differences in cpu's will be noticable (2.4Ghz vs 2.8Ghz)
The current iMacs will see incremental speed improvements but there shouldn't be anything ";huge"; for awhile.  Apple loves to keep secrets, but Intel doesn't.  Their CPU roadmap is visible for years down the road.  The iMac is sort of a desktop/laptop hybrid.  It uses a laptop cpu, which means there will eventually be a quad-core model available later this year. 

You can also save $250-350 by purchasing a refurbished iMac from  I have purchased several refurbished Macs over the years and I highly recommend it.  It's a good way to save money and it still arrives in new condition and with full warranty.
Thanks Keith.  Per your rec, I just upgraded to Sibelius 5 and VDL 2.5.  Great stuff.  With district over I will try to get over and hear you guys.  I am off to district soon.  Good luck to you.

Clay,  I've got the 24"; 2.4 ghz with 3 gigs of ram and I've haven't noticed any problems, but then I haven't had a 2.8 to compare either.  In addition, I'm still running Sib4 on it as well, and I can still get acceptable playback even without Sibelius running natively.

I think you would be fine with the 2.4 and sufficient ram.  But I'm sure someone that has compared the two specifically could give more concrete input.

As for upcoming iMac releases, I've not heard about anything.  Anyone else?
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