Why a IIgs?
I'm one of those who own classic computers to tinker with them. I have for a long time had my eye on the Apple IIgs. While I'd love an apple ii just because of its historical importance, the IIgs seems like the "ultimate" model. However, I'm far from knowledgeable on the subject. But as a commodore fan by heart, it is the most "commodore" model given it not only have a sound chip by the same guy that made the famous sid chip (Robert Yannes), it also have the 16 bit version of the 6502 - the 65C816 by Bill Mensch. Now that's probably not very relevant, but I like the connections.
So beside the tidbits about the machine, I'm not sure i want the "ultimate" one. I just want one i can easily access the apple ii and iigs lib of software.
Now my wish to stay retro ends at physical medias. I'm not that keen in relying on floppies. I want a modern sd/cf solution for my media needs - also so i easily can transfer from my computer to this. I also need sufficient memory and so forth. So my question would be
- what do I look for when buying a IIgs?
- what add ons do I need for my modern use?
- I want an ntsc machine, but my monitors is either PAL or VGA. I do have spare external scan doublers, so i presume i have to resort to that. I haven't room for a separate monitor for it, so it has to be connected to one of my others (pal commodore 1084s, pal microvitec m1438s or a SVGA CRT computer monitor). However, I read the PAL 1084s can do NTSC as well but I haven't tried that myself.
So any input on the subject?