Building a cost-effective lab?

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  1. jiker macrumors member

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    My boss approached me today and told me that he was looking to construct a computer lab at his studio. This would be mainly used for Photoshop and FCP.

    He was looking for the most cost-effective solution, however, and I didn't know how to respond. I told him that I'd look into it and get back to him.

    The lab must have (let's say 5) workstations. Now of course he can go buy 5 G5s with 20" monitors and 5 licenses for both FCP and Photoshop, network them together, and go. But is there another way? Is there some way to share CPUs by just having 5 monitors, keyboards, and mice connected to a couple of xServes? (I realize that there would be a lack of places to connect said monitors, etc, but you get the idea.) What about xGrid? (sorry, I'm not familiar with what it does exactly.) Would that allow a workstation to use the processor of another machine on a network? Does FCP and Photoshop have a "family pack" (for lack of a better term) license, like OS X does?

    How would you build the most cost-effective lab?
     
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Would suggest that you look at total costs and not just initial costs.

    Many times this approach shows how it is even more beneficial to use a Mac solution.

    Sushi
     
  3. MacAztec macrumors 68040

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    I believe you can get a Dual 2.0GHz G5 (older model) for $2100. Then, pick up some of those nice Dell 19" LCDs for 700 a piece. I think that will be much less than you were looking to spend, (13-14,000?)
     
  4. micsaund macrumors 6502

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    Also, at the current time, you can get the Dell 2001FP LCD for $749, which is the lowest I've seen it (it routinely bumps $760-ish, but $750 is pretty much the lowest at this time). I'm not vouching for the Dell monitor as I do not own one, but the reviews seem to be pretty decent.

    More details on the deal (today only it looks like):
    http://www.bensbargains.net/ktalk/1090397929,54590,.shtml

    Mike
     
  5. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    For some great information on Mac labs check out http://macosxlabs.org/

    It's targeted at university labs, but should give you an idea about the tools, setups, management, etc. that people do with Mac labs.

    Good luck!
     

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