Buying system. Need Help

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  1. beatle888 macrumors 68000

    beatle888

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    Hello all,

    im looking for a cheap system on ebay to learn after effects and shake but im not sure what system to get. so i came here for help. it doesnt have to be fast. im only using the system to learn. i was going to go for a 1.25 dual G4 but i cant find out what video card it has, the seller doesnt list the card specs. is there a way to find out what old video cards went into what systems? i need open GL support.

    i'd rather buy cheap now, to last "two years" ;)
    Shake:
    Power Mac G5; Power Mac G4 or PowerBook G4 with 1GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
    Mac OS X v10.3.9 or Mac OS X v10.4
    QuickTime 7.0 or later
    512MB of RAM or more
    1GB of available disk space for caching and for temporary files
    this is the part that i really need help on
    AGP graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory and OpenGL hardware acceleration
    Display with 1280-by-1024-pixel resolution and 24-bit color
    Three-button mouse
    Optional: AJA Kona or Blackmagic DeckLink card required to preview composites on a broadcast video monitor


    After Effects:
    PowerPC® processor (multiprocessor G5 recommended)
    Mac OS X v.10.3.2
    128MB of RAM (256MB or more recommended)
    150MB of available hard-disk space for installation (500MB or larger hard disk or disk array recommended for ongoing work)
    CD-ROM drive
    24-bit color display adapter
    For the Render Engine: System requirements are the same as application system requirements.
    again the open gl reference For OpenGL support: Adobe After Effects supported OpenGL card. For a current list, visit the OpenGL cards page.
     
  2. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    Apple History
     
  3. beatle888 thread starter macrumors 68000

    beatle888

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    thanks for the apple history link.

    and if anyone can recommend a system? something that meets the above requirements in my opening post.
     
  4. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Mac Mini should suit you just fine, iMac G5 - check apple's refurb section for good deals. - Just be sure if you do get a mac mini to have a USB keyboard and Mouse and Monitor for it. Those are not included.
     
  5. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go with either a dual G4 Power Mac or a iMac G5. EIther one is good enough to run those two programs.
     
  6. beatle888 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    will the mac mini suite those video card specs? the open gl?
     
  7. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Considering that the Mac Mini's are new and they have 32MB VRAM, and Mac OS is OpenGL based - runs Quartz, etc., but not Tiger's CoreImage.
     
  8. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    Strange how the Shake recommendations say screen of 1280x1024, but then say that a PowerBook of over 1Ghz is required to run it. Well, I'd loove to see a Powerbook with that resolution too apple!
     
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  10. sbb155 macrumors 6502

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    buy used or rev A imac g5 and you will be happy.
    Don;t spend more than 1000 on any mac until macintels come out
     
  11. weg macrumors 6502a

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    Powerbooks DO support that resolution. For external displays.
     
  12. beatle888 thread starter macrumors 68000

    beatle888

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    thanks people.

    i think im going for a dual 1.25...it says it has an AGP 4x PCI slot...so i believe it will support a card with open gl hardware support. i wont buy till i find out but at least i have a better grasp on things. thank you.
     

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