mac pro or PS3 + HDTV?

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Mac pro or PS3 + HDTV

  1. mac pro*

    45 vote(s)
    69.2%
  2. PS3 + HDTV

    20 vote(s)
    30.8%
  1. twoodcc macrumors P6

    twoodcc

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    well i still haven't decided what to do after selling my pb.*

    should i sell my iMac and get a mac pro?*

    buy a PS3 and HDTV (if i can get one)

    i have an xbox 360, but it's broken right now. so i don't know if it'll work better when i get it back, whenver that will be. i have to send it off first.*

    i already have a 20.1" dell monitor and a 17" monitor to go with mac pro if i got it. i'd use it for everything including video editing mainly (starting messing around with HD content)

    maybe a few games*
     
  2. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    I would say definately go for the MP, if your iMac isn't up to the task. The PS3 and HDTV is too specific a purchase to justify spending that kind of money (IMHO), at least if you are like me and rarely play games on consoles and rarely watch (hd)tv. Just my 2 cents
     
  3. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go with the mac pro, but I would not want a PS3 anyways so I guess it wins by default. Those mac pro's are so nice though!
     
  4. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    if i did get the mac pro, would the 2.0 be enough? i'd be stuck with this computer for awhile if i get it
     
  5. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    I have a sneeking feeling your going to get ALLOT of bias by having this poll on MACrumors.com :D :D
    btw: I voted for a MAC PRO

    But i also know you can get a great HDTV for around $800 now plus $500 for the PS3 = $1300 thats allot less than a Mac PRO is going for.
     
  6. zap2 macrumors 604

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    What kind/size tv?

    But it think its a bit weird to compare the 2, as they don't do similar things(games but the Mac Pro does much more!)

    I have to say the day that my computer is limited by my game system is the day I stop gaming. I know that a PS3 isn't the price of a Mac Pro, but to use the PS3 to its fullest, you need an HDTV.


    Mac Pro I'd say, as it does more for me..and since you have a X360, which one day will work, I'd say skip the PS3 and get a smoking Mac !
     
  7. mdntcallr macrumors 65816

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    people are going to hate me for saying this here.

    PS3 is currently better HDTV option than the Mac for regular use. Hands down. BUT For professionals, the mac is better, why? video production in HD.

    Why? integrated 1080P graphics for games, programs, online HD trailers.

    AND most importantly ... BLU-RAY Drive for movies.

    Apple unfortnuately does not have ANY hdmi video. While apple had movie trailers, the ability to edit and create HD content is way more important and significant.

    Currently, even if you add a blu-ray drive, there is no way to play the movies in a HDMI method. or at least mainstream.

    soo... depending on the use, it is a tossup
     
  8. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go for the Mac Pro. Graphics cards have been stepping up a lot recently, and PC games have been as well.(to take advantage of such hardware.) In a year, with DX10, games will be looking beautiful on new graphics cards. And you can always upgrade as graphics advance. That's just for gaming too; the MP will be useful as an all-purpose machine for a long, long time.
     
  9. zap2 macrumors 604

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    But they are so different? The Mac Pro does Internet(PS3 might do it but I need a full computer, choice of browser,ect) Music(PS3 again might try but iTunes will be better) Video Editing/Photo Editing, Chatting with friends, eMail,gaming if you want, not all do. While a PS3 is more about gaming(save to say most PS3 owners will make) and blue-ray.


    Apples and Oranges..one can't be better for "regular use" because they do different things, with some cross over, but the computer does more things
     
  10. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    i know these things are different, but remember, i already have a 17" intel core duo 1.83 ghz imac, and a 2.0 ghz macbook.*

    but basically i don't have enough money to buy a mac pro and ps3 and hdtv, even if i sell the imac.*

    and again, would the mac pro 2.0 be enough?
     
  11. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    you would basically be upgrading from dual 1.83 to quad 2.0. and as someone who gets by just fine on a single 1.67 G4, I can't see a quad 2.0 not being enough for anything for years to come.

    I would get the mac pro over the ps3.
     
  12. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    well the core duo and the xeons aren't exactly the same, so you can't say dual 1.83 to quad 2.0. someone has said that the new 2.33 C2D beats the mac pro in some things

    also, i'm usually not satisfied with my computers for a long period of time*
     
  13. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    what! no they're not! each of the two processors on the mac pro has two cores = 4 cores total versus 2. the mac pro will outperform the 2.33 C2D, especially the standard 2.66 MP (which, if you do go the route of the MP, i'd wait til you had the extra 200 or whatever it is to get the 2.66.. the 2.0 downgrade is a rip, considering what you're sacrificing for what you're gaining).
     
  14. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    sorry, i mean't "aren't" exactly the same. i fixed it now
     
  15. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    well, obviously not, I was just saying that you would have to be asleep not to notice a good speed increase going from a dual 1.83 machine to a quad 2.0 machine.

    unless all the software you used wasn't 4 core capable, in which case the upgrade would be mostly pointless.
     
  16. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    well which software is 4 core capable? or how can i tell?*

    is the eyeTV software 4 core capable? cuz it's taking forever to export HD content with my imac
     
  17. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    DVI is the Format equivalent of HDMI. There are Plenty of cables that convert from DVI to HDMI or the other way around.
    HDMI includes audio, while DVI dosent. In-fact many TV's and Projectors have DVI plugs included in the system along with HDMI.
    Apples computers are more than enought to power an HDTV, i know 2 people who use Mac Mini's as their Media Center computer, Hooked up to 32 and 37 inch HDTV's
    A Mac Pro would blow a Mini away in that category.

    Blu-ray is the only option that Apple doesnt offer yet, and i believe that will soon be a BTO option.
     
  18. mdickson macrumors regular

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    PS3 + HDTV by far. I wouldn't even think twice about it.
     
  19. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    no reasons why?
     
  20. mdickson macrumors regular

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    The benefits of the HDTV and the PS3 are obvious, and they easily outweigh the gains you'd have by upgrading your computer. Keep the iMac and expand your horizons by getting something else besides a replacement for something that already works for you.
     
  21. roland.g macrumors 603

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    commodore vic-20. what more do you need besides pong. but no seriously, the mac pro. otherwise you might as well walk to the edge of a cliff turn around and take two steps back.

    of course i also think that gaming is to computers what porn is to the internet. the computer gives you the ability to.... gaming takes away your ability to....
     
  22. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    i think it will depend on if i can sell my imac or not
     
  23. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502

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    i had a similar debate... the MBP or PS3 + HDTV... i'm going for the MBP because in the end i'll use it more than the other..., but i'm still getting the PS3... just not the HDTV until next year
     
  24. nosser macrumors regular

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    I would get a PS3 + HDTV. If you already have an iMac 1.83 and its fairly new why upgrade? Get something you dont already have. Now if the iMac is not cutting it, then I guess a MP would be a good option. I want a MP too but my 1.83 iMac is fine so I bought a 50" and 32" HDTV.(I already have a 360) But if you're thinking about a 2.0 forget about it. Save your money and upgrade when you can afford at least a 2.66.
     
  25. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    yeah, i've got a 360 also. the thing is, the imac isn't cutting it. i guess i'm gonna wait and see if i can sell my imac or even get my hands on a PS3 on release day
     

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