After your G5 arrives, what will your setup look like?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by illumin8, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2003
    East Coast, US
    I just placed the order for my dual 2.0 ghz. G5 and I can't wait until September... :D

    Anyway, I just thought I would post what my setup will be like in my office after it arrives, and I was wondering what other's setups will be like as well:

    • Dual 2.0 Ghz. PowerMac G5
    • 4GB PC3200 RAM
    • 2x 120GB SATA 8MB cache hard drives
    • 4x Superdrive
    • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
    • Logitech Cordless MX Duo (black/silver)
    • Dell Dimension 8300 P4 2.6-C (800 mhz. FSB, Hyperthreading)
    • 2GB PC3200 RAM
    • 2x 120GB ATA133 8MB cache hard drives
    • Pioneer 4x DVD-R (DVR-105)
    • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
    • Logitech Cordless MX Duo (black/silver)
    • 2x Dell 1900FP 19" 1280x1024 flat panels.
    • One connected to each computer.
    • Secondary VGA cable on each monitor cross-connected to other computer.
    • This is the neatest thing... it allows me to use both displays side by side (extended desktop support) with either computer if I want to, or use one on each computer.

    Other accessories:

    • 30GB iPod
    • Kodak CX4320 digital camera
    • Tascam US-428 USB sound card
    • Klipsch Promedia GMX D-5.1 speakers
    • One really wide desk to fit it all on

    Total price for everything: Less than $6000...

    I think on the displays is where I really saved money... Sure, it's not a 23" Cinema display, but stick two high quality 19" 1280x1024 flat panels next to each other and now you've got basically an inexpensive plasma display in your office.

    What setup will you guys have when your G5 gets here?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
    Palo Alto, CA
    Dual 2.0 Ghz. PowerMac G5
    8GB PC3200 RAM
    2x 250GB SATA 8MB cache hard drives
    4x Superdrive
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
    Apple Keyboard/Mouse

    17" PowerBook
    1GB RAM
    60GB Hard Drive

    14" 900 MHz iBook
    640MB RAM
    60 GB Hard Drive
    Combo Drive

    Alienware Area-51
    3.2 GHz P4 w/ 800MHz FSB
    2 GB RAM
    2 x 200 GB Hard Drive
    DVD Burner
    Combo Drive

    30GB iPod
    2 x 23" Cinema Display
    other cool stuff
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    WOW! You must have spent a ***** load in the last month or two on that little lot! It's all the latest stuff! jealous...

    edit: OMG! That New PM w/ 2 x 23" displays is a $11,500+ system, sweet jesus!
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
    Palo Alto, CA
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    back in London
    We're hoping to get 4 of those Dual 2Ghz babies in the standard setup. With 2 of them connected to a pair of mitsubishi 19" CRT pro monitors and the other 2 connected to 22" CRT mitsubishi or Lacie. Then we'll think about memory arrangements and stuff. Now we're just pondering over the idea of Xraid for one of the machines. Seems expensive, since Fire800 can offer a cheaper alternative. Anyhow we are still contemplating since we are hoping to shell out round about Xmas time.:D Well we see how things work out.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2003
    East Coast, US
    Wow, you're going with the full 8GB... nice. I decided to go with 4GB because the 4GB only cost me $584, but the 8GB would have cost me $3750 from Apple's site.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2003
    East Coast, US
    Hey, if you'd ever like to hook a brother up... Just let me know. :D
  8. macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Wish I had the money to deck a system out like that. I'm going to be spending as much as I can scrounge up, though. With any luck:

    Dual 2Ghz G5
    Radeon 9800
    17" LCD (Apple? Depends on upgrades)
    19" KDS Trinitron CRT
    2GB RAM (4 if I can afford it)
    1 WD Raptor 10K RPM SATA HD (boot)
    1 250GB 8MB SATA HD (whatever Apple ships)
    80+120GB 7200RPM drives in a dual-drive FW400 case
    Logitech MX500 mouse.

    I'm as excited about anything by the SATA, since my HDs are usually the bottleneck in my work. 36GB Raptor, here I come! I just hope Apple drops the price on the current 17" LCD or ships an upgrade (preferably both), since I'd hate to have to go with another brand, but I'm relatively poor, so it'll be a stretch to justify one.

    Say, the new Radeon cards still support dual VGA/ADC out, don't they?
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2003
    I don't have a mac(can't afford one because I can't get a job because I am too young). So here is how my setup will look:

    1.3 GHz P4
    512 MB RAM
    WIn XP Home
    CDRW/DVD Drive
    40GB HD
    17" Dell Monitor

    Not the best, but it works. Sort of.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    I can beat most of you, except for the G5 Mac:

    - AMD 2500XP, Radeon 8500, Win2000pro, 19in and 15in CRT screen
    - AMD 1700XP, Geforce 3Ti, Win2000pro, 15in CRT screen
    - AMD 1300, AllinWonder Radeon, Win2000pro, 15in CRT screen
    - AMD 1200, Radeon 7200, Win2000pro, 15in CRT screen
    - AMD 800, SIS315e, Win98se, 26in TV screen
    - P3 450, SIS730, Win98se, 14in CRT screen
    - AMD 350, SIS730, Win98se, 14in CRT screen

    - PowerBook G3 233
    - PowerBook G4 550
    - Performa 6200, 13in CRT screen
    - iMac G3 500

    - Nintendo GameCube
    - Nintendo 64
    - Sega Dreamcast (all connected to 30in CRT screen)

    I will have to get a job before I get anymore computers now since most of the computers I have were paid for by the gov because I am dyslexic.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2003
    East Coast, US
    Yes, they do support dual output, with both an ADC and a VGA connector.
  12. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    good lord, you people have got sickening amounts of computer goodies. :) And to think I make do with just a 900 mhz ibook 14" 640 RAM... my only computer. ;) Nice set ups guys!
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2002
    Philadelphia, PA
    Whaaaaa? So the gov't in the UK pays for Nintendos and all those computers? Hard to believe... :rolleyes:

    I somehow have a hard time believing that akushlan has/will have that setup... I picture a teenager typing away on a P3 inherited from his dad, pretending to "have connections". Whatever. Keep the economy going akushlan; I certainly hope that you indeed purchased all those items.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Apr 6, 2003
    Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA actually
  15. macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    375mhz G3 Minitower
    320 Mb's Of RAM

    Not a G5 either...:(
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2003
    My Setup

    I currently have a G4 400, 10+60Gb HDD's Combo Drive, 768mb RAM,

    on order is...

    PowerMac G5 1.8Ghz
    512mb RAM
    160Gb HDD
    Combo Drive
    Bluetooth Module Built-in
    nVidia GeForce fx5200

    I also have ordered...

    Samsung 152T Digital 15" TFT
    2 10" Cold-Cathodes, Blue (To pretty up that ugly case)

    I already have...

    1st Gen 10Gb iPod
    JBL Creature Speakers (White)
    MS Intellimouse Explorer

    Still to be ordered (With more Cash!!!)

    Radeon 9800pro Retail (or best card on the market when I come to buy)
    Pioneer A06 DVD-R/+RW Drive

    Other assorted items for my setup....

    Handspring Visor Prism
    HP318 Digital Camera

    Girlfriend has an iBook 500 CDROM w/384mb RAM
  17. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
    Palo Alto, CA
    My only connections are some family friends who are higher ups at apple, so they provide massive discounts. Sorry can't reveal names!!!
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2003
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Hot Damn! I feel like I'm on the low end now :)

    Powermac G5 Dual 2.0 Ghz
    1 Gig RAM
    Radeon 9600 Pro
    250GB SATA Hard Drive
    Logitech MX700 Mouse
    Microsoft Ergonomic Wireless Black Keyboard (PLEASE MAKE ME A BLUETOOTH ONE APPLE)

    Samsung Syncmaster 172T Flat Panel
    24" Sony WEGA TV (for the Movies)

    10 Gig 3G iPod
    Logitech Z560 400w Speakers (anyone know about getting 4 Channels out of a Mac?)
    Canon Powershot S200 Digital Camera
    Canon Elura 50 DV Camcorder (incoming)

    Planned upgrades:
    Another gig of RAM in a few months
    Next Generation video card from ATI (R420)

    I'm in a dorm room, so dual displays is out, unfortunately -- no room!
  19. macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2001
    I'm going for a dual, but considering I'm only a student it has to be stripped... It's not too bad being a student and could afford the high-end G5. But again, I also have some connections, so the price will be reasonable. I'll also use the G5 for work, and I think that buying a dual 2 gig now will make it last longer than a single G5 - seen from a graphics proffesional's perspective.

    Here's what my setup will look like:
    (notice the well-placed smileys...)

    PowerMac G5 dual 2 Ghz :D
    512 MB RAM (will add more later)
    160 GB
    Combo Drive
    ATi Radeon 9600 Pro
    ViewSonic G90f 19"

    Wacom Graphire 2
    Palm m505 with 64 MB SD card
    Edirol USB MIDI interface (1 I/O)
    Korg Triton Workstation :D
    Motorola T720

    And that's about it. I actually want a new screen too, but there's no rush for that at the moment.
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    chicago ex-toronto
    i KNEW i didnt want to read this thread.
    it depresses me.
  21. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    all i've gotta say is:

    "my c0ck is bigger than your c0ck"

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Who cares about what system you have... the question is, will you be PRODUCTIVE on it. ;)
  22. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    back in London

    Hell yes thats why we have more ram, faster processors. We spend more money so that it increases productivity right? I mean back in the days when you would render a video it would take alsolutely hours and during that time you would sit there and look at you power mac. Now the G5 has arrived who really cares what it looks like. ITS FAST!! there is no time to look at it, just work!! :D

    Productivity!! thats what its all about..
  23. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    but remember, it's just a tool. who cares if you can render video quickly if your video sucks arse. :)
  24. macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002

    no computer has bandwidth capable of processing my creative genius in realtime.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    hehe. you're too frickin' much man.

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