Just Bought Myself a Wicked System!

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  1. SLCentral macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    Just placed the order button on my latest (and greatest) Mac system to date: an PowerBook G4 1.67GHz 15" with a 30" Apple LCD to go with it!

    The PowerBook is stock, with the exception of the updated Video RAM. I'll have to add regular RAM later, as I don't have any cash left after this $5K purchase!

    I decided to go with the refurbished 30" display to save some money. I've bought things through the refurbished store on Apple with no problems before, and saving money is always good, so I thought I would go for it.

    The total came out to $5075 after tax with edu discount. This is, by far, the biggest computer purchase I've ever made. In fact, it beats the 2nd biggest by $3,000. Yet, once it is set up, I am sure I'll have no remorse.

    I also picked up a glass desk and leather chair from OfficeMax to go with it, although I am a bit concerned on how my neck will feel looking at a 30" screen all the time. Hopefully the desk/chair will work well with the big display. Can anyone shed any light on this?

    I'm hoping I'll get it early next week. I actually wanted to pick it up in the store, just to make sure there was no problems (as I could open it at the store, and exchange it if necessary right there), but apparently, the only PowerBook model with the extra VRAM that they sell in stores is the Ultimate version, which includes the extra VRAM, 1GB of RAM, and a 100GB HD. I didn't find a need for the last two, and since the Edu. discount does not work with the Ultimate model, I just bought it online.

    Now its the hardest part...waiting!
     
  2. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    wicked awesome - beautiful setup. post pic when u can
     
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  4. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

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    o_O my thoughts exactly.

    only a 17" can power the 30" display... :eek: :(
     
  5. SLCentral thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually...the 15" with the upgraded VRAM can also run the 30" display.
     
  6. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    I was wondering the same....eh buddy you may wanna re-think this purchase before it ships out... :rolleyes:
     
  7. zelmo macrumors 603

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    No, he's right. The 15" 1.67GHz with the 128MB dual DVI card will drive the 30" display, at least according to the Apple Store.
     
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    Try only a PowerMac with an Nvidia 6800 Ultra DDL.
     
  9. SLCentral thread starter macrumors regular

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    iGary, the 6800 Ultra DDL, the 6800 GT, the X800 Pro, and the 17" Powerbook, as well as the 15" Powerbook with the optional video card upgrade can run this display.
     
  10. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The 15" SuperDrive PB with the 128MB dual-link DVI video upgrade will power the 30" ACD.

    Awesome buy, don't forget we will be wanting [​IMG]!!
     
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    You are right: www.apple.com/powerbook/graphics.html
     
  13. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Sweet Setup, I can only hope to have one like it one day.
    Why didn't you just go for 17"?
     
  14. SLCentral thread starter macrumors regular

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    Although it sounds crazy after spending $5K, I wanted to save some money, and the 17" was significantly more expensive, not to mention heavier. I didn't think I needed the bigger screen when I'm being portable anyways.
     
  15. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

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    mmmmmmmmmmmm 30" display (drool dripping from mouth).
     
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    I have to admit I laughed out loud at that.

    Enjoy your awesome setup!
     
  17. maclamb macrumors 6502

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    vicious tangent

    "Who put out their coals on my floor?!"- Billy Ray Valentine


    Isn't the line from Trading Places "Kools" - as in the cigarettes - or are you making a joke and I'm not getting it...?
    :confused:
     
  18. wide macrumors 6502a

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    awesome! congratulations on your purchase

    can you post some pics once you've set it all up?
     
  19. SLCentral thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks :). Will do.
     
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    Just for the record, and of interest to me and those like me that have a 15 inch PowerBook, you can fit *ALMOST* 4 full 15 inch PowerBook screens onto a single 30 inch.
     

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    1280 * 854 = 1093120
    2560 * 1600 = 4096000
    4096000 / 1093120 = 3.74

    Holy crap that's a lot of pixels.

    Just for fun .... :)
    1024 * 768 = 786435
    4096000 / 786435 = 5.208

    Now *that's* impressive. :)

    And the 20" LCD (which I have) ...
    1680 * 1050 = 1764000
    4096000 / 1764000 = 2.321

    That's the most impressive number to me. I couldn't imagine having more than twice the real estate on a single screen. I don't know how I'd ever use it all. Wow.

    Congrats on the 30" LCD, SLCentral. I'd love to see a pic of that massive LCD dwarfing the Powerbook. :)
     
  22. SLCentral thread starter macrumors regular

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    Damn, that gets me even more excited :). Thanks. Pictures will be posted, including those compariring the PB to the 30"!
     
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    Hate is such a strong word... how about Love.. :p It sounds better
     

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