Good deal on dual 2.5 vs refurb dual 2.0

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  1. cschell macrumors newbie

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    #1
    OK,

    So it's time. My G4 500 is just not handling my graphics work well... great machine -- too long in the tooth.

    My options right now are as follows:
    - Floor model (open box) Dual 2.5 Powermac from local source -- stock configuration
    $2199
    - Refurbished Dual 2.0 from Apple Store
    $1649

    I would be popping in an additional 2GB of RAM up front on either machine. I do mainly graphics work (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, etc.) with the occasional video or garage band project thrown in. I'm hooking up to a first generation 20" cinema display.

    So what's your feeling on the better deal? With the 2.0 I would have money for extras (possibly a Wacom tablet), but with the 2.5 I would have the speed.

    What would you do?

    Thanks!
     
  2. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

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    I'd go for the 2.0ghz, and take the extra cash for extras (Ram Ext. HD) Pop some extra ram into that baby and you'll be flyin..
     
  3. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

    shadowmoses

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    I agree when you take into account the money you will be saving the 2.0 seems by far the better option and it will leave you with some $£$£ for some extra bits like airport, and a better graphics card,

    ShadOW
     
  4. cschell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    another quick question

    Also, if I did go with the dual 2.0, the newest version or the older one? Am I going to see any advantage for PCI-X or 8GB ram?

    Thanks for your replies!
     
  5. wdlove macrumors P6

    wdlove

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    You should go with the new 2.0. It will have the updated specifications. The 8 GB of RAM should have your Mac flying. I would also recommend AppleCare.
     
  6. 4God macrumors 68020

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    Umm....., the new dual 2.0 maxes out at 4GB of RAM.
     

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