$5000 to spend

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Starflyer, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. Starflyer macrumors 6502a

    Starflyer

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    Ok

    I need to buy a new computer because we are bringing on a new designer next week. I should be approved for our business lease today. If you spend $5000 or more its 0% for 24 months.

    Anyways, I want to stay as close to the $5k as possible. I use Adobe CS2 constantly and hope to start using Final Cut Express & Logic Express Early next year. I have used CS2 on my brothers C2D iMac and it runs decent so I am ok with running in on the mac pro until CS3 arrives.

    I definitely want the 30" ACD. I plan on getting 2GB ram but is it worth it to bump he ram to 4Gb for $800?

    Spec me out a Mac Pro!
     
  2. bearbo macrumors 68000

    bearbo

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    i dont know if u can get additional discount

    but a 3.0GHz 1GB 250GB X1900 + 30" is way above 5000
    let along more ram and software... but of course, you might not need 3.0, but that wont save you THAT much... and harddrive?
     
  3. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    Mac Pro

    [FONT=Lucida Grande,Geneva,Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Specifications[/FONT] [​IMG]
    • Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    • 4GB (4 x 1GB)
    • 250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    • ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
    • Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
    • One 16x SuperDrive
    • Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse - U.S. English
    • Mac OS X - U.S. English

    Total $4,846.00
     
  4. Starflyer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Starflyer

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    Im thinking:

    Mac Pro
    Part Number: Z0D8
    Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
    Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse - U.S. English
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    Two 16x SuperDrives
    Accessory kit
    Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    2GB (4 x 512MB)
    Mac OS X - U.S. English
    250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)

    Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)

    Right around $6K whick is ok I guess
     
  5. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    but he wants a 30 incher too...
     
  6. JAT macrumors 603

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    Why bother wasting money on wireless for a desktop workstation?
     
  7. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    also why is 2 superdrive needed?

    is 500+250 cheaper than 1 750?
     
  8. Starflyer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I assume you mean wireless keyboard and mouse. Because it looks better.
     
  9. Starflyer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Makes copying a dvd easier and it's the same price.
     
  10. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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  11. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    so how close is close to 5k, apparently 6k is, is 7k close?
     
  12. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    24" iMac with upgraded processor, video and RAM. External 23/24" monitor. Large external disk drive. Save the extra money for software you will have to replace when the universal versions come out. Two monitors and external storage is actually better for most of what you want to do. Just a thought.
     
  13. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    i seriously doubt 2 superdrive is same price as one

    i swear i saw you said buy a ipod shuffle
     
  14. Starflyer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That was the answer to his second question. Sorry.

     
  15. JAT macrumors 603

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    The only other thing I might add is that Apple often charges too much for add-ons. (and make shipment take much longer) You can likely get a better Superdrive separate for less money and install it yourself. No question the HDDs would be cheaper purchased at Newegg or somewhere. Possibly the RAM, but the Mac Pro is one where Apple has been competitive on RAM.

    And the refurb store can help save something on the display. No Mac Pros in there, yet.
     
  16. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Mac Pros have been up at the refurb store for around a week. A base 2.66 is running around 2199, check it out. FYI C2D iMacs are there as well.
     
  17. Rasheem macrumors regular

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    Ok,
    Heres what you gotta do
    Get the mac pro with
    2.66 processors
    4gb memory
    bluetooth and airport. (i love it on my mac pro)
    250gb hard drive
    1 superdrive


    Then go to new egg or best buy or circuit city or wherever you want. Buy a dvd burner for like 30 bucks then when blue-ray burners get popular you wont feel bad about throwing away one dvd burner. Buy your display from dell. there you have it. youve saved a bunch o' money. also you can buy another terabyte of internal space from somewhere if you feel you need it.
     

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