Dual 2.0 Powermac: Buy a new model or previous (2004) model ?

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  1. hoya87eagle91 macrumors member

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    (my first post, so go easy if I am not too sharp!)

    It seems that the just-released dual 2.0GHz PM is priced about the same as the previous dual 2.0 model, which is still available through a few resellers, including Apple store.

    It looks like the RAM, hard drive, and processors are identical in both machines. The major differences seem to be PCI-X in the previous model vs. PCI in the new model, and an 8x superdrive in the previous model vs. 16x in the new model.

    Can anyone tell me if I should prefer one over the other if the prices are essentially the same (+/- $100) after buying a copy of tiger for the older model? What will PCI-X get me? I will be using photoshop extensively and video editing occasionally, and I would like to store photos, film and music on both DVD and or CD as well as backed up on an external drive.

    I am writing this from my five-year- old Dell Dimension, and I'm ready to switch, darn it!

    Thanks very much
     
  2. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    First off, welcome to MacRumors :)

    Now to the question. The only difference between the Rev B and Rev C are:

    • 4GB max RAM on Rev C, while Rev B had 8GB Max.
    • Rev C has faster DVD burner AND dual layer. For me the extra room isn't enough anyways.
    • I think you get a better video card by default w/ more vRAM.

    If that's all, I think that's the only differences. So unless you need more than 4GB ram and a lot of DVD storage (and faster), and a better (standard) video card, then the Rev B isn't much different.

    Or you could get the 2.3Ghz model for the same price (I think) as the Rev B 2.0Ghz was.
     
  3. hoya87eagle91 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks very much, tech4all, and thanks for pointing out the max ram difference too.
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Currently you won't get much use out of PCI-X except for some high performance cards ie fiber channel or some high end video capture cards or some other workstation/server application. Though most are designed for PCI. And since both Intel and AMD are adopting PCI-Express there probably isn't much of a future for the expanded capabilities that PCI-X offers.
     
  5. hoya87eagle91 thread starter macrumors member

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    And thank you too. Looks like the new 2.0Ghz for $2k is a great all around machine for the price. Any other opinions out there?
     
  6. Kerry Sanders macrumors regular

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    That is exactly what I decided on and ordered today, the dual 2.0 GHz system. I upped it to 1 gig of RAM, got the Radeon 9650, and added the bluetooth and wireless options. I am looking forward to getting my first Mac.
     
  7. zimtheinvader macrumors regular

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    I would argue the previous 2.0 dual, but that's based on the amount of time I have kept my current PM and the fact that I maxed the Ram 2 years ago and have since hit memory bumps/limits, though admittedly rarely.
     
  8. OziMac macrumors 6502

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    Me too

    Hey

    As another vote of confidence, I also ordered the new 2.0, though I got it stock and will be slipping in my 200GB SATA HDD and 1GB RAM left over from my iMac. Thought about upgrading the GPU, but I simply don't use it enough to justify it right now, and can always do so later - but the one bad thing for me about the shift away from the 5200 is that I can no longer use my ADC monitor without forking out for those damn DVI adapters that cost a fortune!

    I probably would have considered an new 'old' 2.0 at a lower price if that option were available in Australia, but alas, Apple don't sell the refurbed/run-out stock here.

    Nevertheless, I'm extremely happy with my purchase, given that I remember drooling over this machine nearly two years ago ;)
     
  9. hoya87eagle91 thread starter macrumors member

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    I finally pulled the trigger, the decision was pretty much made for me: The new dual 2.0.

    I had really hoped to buy the old version from Amazon to get the $200 coupon and to save the $160 tax, but they are currently sold out. The previous model was also sold out today at the Apple store in SF. I didn't want to wait for the Apple online shipment to arrive, so the new dual 2.0 it was. As I've been waiting for this for months, I had to get it over with.

    I was a bit hesitant, given the 4MB RAM limit. I think I'll be fine for many years with that much RAM. On a good note, the store was chock full of open box accessories that I needed, such as a wireless card, bluetooth plug, and the airport express. I saved $80 on these. Thanks for help everyone!
     
  10. mactonight macrumors newbie

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    I haven't seen this addressed anywhere else:
    The RevB from the online Apple store doesn't have a BTO option, is there still a way to have them add the internal bluetooth module? If so, would it be the new BT 2.0, or BT 1.1?
     

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