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To buy a Mac or not and if so which one?

I've currently got a mini lenovo that's 3 years old now. The screen needs replacing as flashes while I'm working on it and I've had it go all white a few times and then after fidgeting with it a while, it works again. Also it takes really long to open a program that is being opened for the first time and I don't like that at all.
I'm looking for something that is super fast where I can open like 5 to 10 windows such as itunes, a video editing program, Word (would put Word on my Mac), and different files without my laptop freezing or getting super slow.
I want to be able to make short films using a simple but high quality program. I like Windows Movie Maker but when I made a movie that was only 20 minutes long, it crashed on me many times.
I don't need a small lightweight laptop as I'm not planning to do a lot of travelling with it.
I live in India and I'm not sure if buying a Mac would be an issue when it comes to support since there's not really a big Mac user population here. Although I keep hearing that Mac's don't ever cause problems.
I'm a bit lost and confused as to whether I should switch to a Mac for the first time or stick to PCs and if I do go for a Mac what's the best one to get and what should I be looking for?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Given the high end requirements

You might be looking at the Mac Pro and not a laptop. Video Editing of HD video is heavy work so it needs a high end workstation. That's a big investment so I wonder if you are OK with the usual delays on laptops. No PC or Mac is perfect where all things are instant without delay but maxing out the RAM and switching to SSD can really show what modern computers can do.

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Mac or not?

I made the switch 3 years ago and never looked back. Why? i know maintaining your computer is important. Drivers get old, virus definitions get stale, malware and adware work tirelessly at stealing you CPU cycles and tax your RAM.
I came to realize the difference between Macs and other platforms had more to do with marketing strategy than anything else. Yes, you pay more for a Mac up front but in the end in my experience I have found I actually spend more time doing the stuff I intended on doing when I logged in versus having to immediately deal with never ending updates and reboots necessary on a PC with Windows. Throw in a few hundred virus attacks and it all added up to me as distractions taking me away from the reason I logged into my computer in the first place! Just got tired of it all which fueled me to take the plunge and spend the money I would have spent anyway on a PC over time to get it to a point where it equaled the Mac...up front to buy a Mac.
If all you are doing is an occasional home video or YouTube video any newer decent desktop computer with over 16gb of RAM will probably do. I can only speak from experience using both the PC and Mac platforms and I have used most of the mainstream video software out there to create home movies 30 min or less in length. I have found that iMovie "just works" and is intuitive to use.
In general, I found that the Mac platform is much more robust and user friendly and I spend much less time performing "maintenance" on the Mac keeping it in top condition than I did with PC's which allows me to spend a lot more time doing the things I bought the computer for in the first place!

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Go MAC and don't look back

I got so tired of Windows' conflicts, crashes, unexplained dropouts, and generally my PC was not immediately available when I had something I had to do. My wife told me...' enough, go get a MAC'. After years of laughing at MACs from the original Apple board computer to the latest models, I stopped laughing and did some homework. I went to an Apple store in my son's hometown and walked out with an iMac 27. After a quick and painless setup, I never regretted getting the Mac.

Wow, what a difference. The MAC worked flawlessly and continued to work day in and day out. Software was updated via Apple quietly and behind the scenes. Even the 'gimme' programs like Pages, Numbers, and others worked well for most applications that I needed. Plus the MAC runs great open-source programs like Open Office and Thunderbird.

That was 2011. Now, my iMac has 32 gb of ram, a 480 gb SSD, a replacement HDD of 2 gb, and it continues to work great. Will I replace this? I don't know. I can get great run-times from all of my Adobe photo and film programs, I have 2 external HDDs for backup of all my photo and home movie digital strips/tracks/slides (et cetera). So far, I don't see the urge to replace the old girl.

OTOH, my high end, custom built PC is finally stable with a new ASUS mb using an AMD FX-8350 cpu, plus Windows 10. But I hardly use it now. Only for legacy programs that I can't port to the MAC. Will I begin to use Parallels on my Mac? I don't know. I'll thinking about it.

In short, pay the money and get a big Mac. I don't think you want to do photo and film work on any laptop, due to the inherent limitations. What you want is the reliability of the hardware and software combinations that Apple includes with Macs. You pay for what you get, in the long run.

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