Dual core G5 + Display Purchasing Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by turtlebud, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. turtlebud macrumors 6502

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    I have a student developer membership that is expiring on April 2nd this year and I'm pretty sure that I'm not going/can't renew (since I'm not taking any classes anymore) and I want to take advantage of the ADC hardware discount before I lose it.

    I'm pretty sure I'm getting a 2.3GHz dual core powermac and a 20 or 23/24" display (apple or dell). I got a deal on powermac applecare w/ display last year so I already have applecare for the powermac and apple display should I decide to go that route.

    1. should I get the dual core + apple display at the same time?
    pros - i already have applecare for the g5 + display so 3 years coverage won't add any additional cost.
    cons - i kind of feel like the acd is outdated and overpriced. i suspect that apple may be coming out with better ones at lower prices at NAB which I would be very interested in.

    2. should I get the dual core now and wait on the acd?
    pros - if apple comes out with better displays at NAB, I could probably get a friend to get it for me through the edu store or I could get it through amazon (and save on tax).
    cons - i'd have to purchase applecare for the display separately ($80-100)

    3. should I get the dual core now with a dell 24" display?
    pros - dell display already has a 3 year warranty (I think) so I don't need to spend extra money on that. the dell monitor is comparable to the acd in specs.
    cons - apple may come out with better displays at NAB, at which time I'd be kicking myself for not waiting.

    4. should I get the dual core now and wait on the display til after NAB?
    pros - I can make an informed decision about the displays depending on what apple does or does not release there
    cons - i'm stuck using my 19" CRT and my sister is stuck using her 14" CRT for the time being (I was going to give her my 19" CRT when I upgraded).
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Get the dual core + apple display at the same time.

    You know you want to. ;)
     
  3. w0ngbr4d macrumors regular

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    When you say Dell 24", I'm assuming you mean the 2405FPW. I'd say go this route. The 2405 has all those inputs which could be used for a number of multimedia tasks as well as a computer monitor (think HDTV tuner connected to the component input). Plus like you said, it comes with a 3 year warranty.

    I want to get one of these but I don't think my budget will allow it for a while.

    -w0ngbr4d
     

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