Advice on a Powermac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by teerexx52, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

    teerexx52

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    I currently have a 12" PB 1.5. I am thinking of getting a powermac to do my heavier work of encoding video and such. I have no experience at all with powermacs and would appreciate any advice. I am currently considering the 2.0 dual core. is this a good choice?
     
  2. bokdol macrumors 6502a

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    i have 2ghx dual and it's great one thing i dont like is that i can only hold 2 drives. my old mdd held 4, so either you buy big ass drives or an external drive. it's a fast machine i love it. i dont know how it will be compared to the intel stuff but i figure if the intel stuff is going to the low end machine first, then these g5 must be faster. but you never know...

    and the dual core is a bit faster then my machine
     
  3. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    The G5 will blow you away, no matter which version you get.

    As for hard drives, there are a few kits on the market that allow you to install more than 2 drives internally and of course there are always external sloutions for SCSI, SATA and the usual USB/Firewire.

    I'm not a video guy so I can't comment on the specific technical points, but the G5 is latest and greatest - you can hardly go wrong.
     
  4. teerexx52 thread starter macrumors 68000

    teerexx52

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    So I can expect the 2.0 dual core to be much faster than my powerbook?
     
  5. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    A single 1.8 will be MUCH faster, souly on the faster FSB and RAM speeds... a Dual G5 will blow your powerbook away...
     
  6. Malfoy macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, yes, and YES. I went from a 17" 1.5 PB to a G5 and its light years ahead. For once the numbers won't lie. The G5 will make you proud.
     
  7. revisionA macrumors 6502

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    My systems are almost comparable, until you look at cpu use... and then the g5 trumps the latest powerbook, even though its a 2003 g5 single!

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  8. teerexx52 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the input. I am excited about getting it. I have only had Powerbooks and ibooks so looking forward to this tower. Hooking it to my ACD 20" Going to add 1gb stick.
     
  9. SeanChandler macrumors newbie

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    consider a DP G4

    teerexx,

    I do some pretty intensive Photoshop work on my 12" Powerbook, and I have been looking at used DP G4's, which can be found for $1,000 less than a new G5 DP - the graphic artists next door, who have both single-and dual-processor G5's and G4's, say that their DP G4's are a match for the G5's in most tasks.

    With the money saved you could get lots of RAM!

    You'll enjoy it whatever you buy

    :D
     
  10. djkny macrumors 6502

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    G4 DP's are old news and getting way overpriced on the resale market; consider an Apple refurb DP 1.8 or DP 2.0 which can be had for just around the $1300 price point -- a sweet pricing spot, if you ask me. Only thing is, they sell out rather quickly, so you have to keep on the lookout.
     
  11. SeanChandler macrumors newbie

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  12. SeanChandler macrumors newbie

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  13. SeanChandler macrumors newbie

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    For $1,300 forget the G4's

    Wow - I had no idea that a DP G5 could be found so cheaply

    Well forget those plans to buy a DP G4 - rather have a G5 if the price is that close

    :)
     
  14. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    if you're going to get a dual core 2ghz mac, might as well not and get the refurbished 2.5 for the same price. Comes with great vid card and hard drive and all. It might be worth it
     

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