MacPro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by imnotatfault, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. imnotatfault macrumors regular

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    So the Dual 2.6 or 3.0?

    This seems like a really big (and probably irreversible decision). I'd love to save the 750 or whatever it is on the price of the computer, but I also want something for longevity.

    I know there's still some time until they actually ship, but does anyone have any thoughts. I'm seriously considering one and this is probably the biggest thing on my mind--next to deciding whether to keep my 15" Powerbook.

    Well, I forgot to mention this, but I use it for photo editing. I'm not a professional photographer by any means, but I do have a minor in Photo and spend a decent amount of time in Photoshop with my D50.

    I also purchased the new EyeTV Hybrid, which can record in Digital/Full HD, but is quite processor intensive from what they say.

    And lastly, the RAM... 2 512 sticks are standard. Next upgrade is expensive and is 4 512 sticks. Stick with standard and just buy 1GB RAM sticks and install them myself after the fact?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    If you don't know you need the 3.0, you don't need it. Save your money - the speed difference is negligible compared to the price difference.

    Well, first, my "old" dual-2.0 G5 does Photoshop just fine, so I'm sure the Mac Pro stock config will do it even better.

    Second, buy your RAM from a reputable 3rd party dealer (OWC, etc.) and save a lot of money.

    Third, the Hybrid should be fine - I'm going to run it on my mini duo and MBP, so I'm guessing the Mac Pro can handle it. ;)
     
  3. bigrell486 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah you don't need quad 3.0ghz for photo editing. That spec is manly for hardcore video editing, you'll be fine with 2.66 and even save some money by going to 2.0 you won't notice the difference cause it'll all be faster than a G5 :D
     
  4. imnotatfault thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    Although I heard from the elgato rep that the hybrid won't be shipping for another couple weeks. :(
     
  5. ksz macrumors 68000

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    Another vote for the 2.66 GHz model. Here is MacCentral's conclusion:

    $800 more for typical 5 to 6 percent improvement? Doesn't make fiscal sense.
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I know. :(

    Damn them for tempting us and then withholding the product! ;)
     
  7. imnotatfault thread starter macrumors regular

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