Made a big Mistake

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by berkleeboy210, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Hi Guys,

    I'm fairly new on the Boards to Post , but Read them Every Day and it's great Resource for Mac Users and Switchers.

    Here's my delema...

    I made the big mistake of buying a PC notebook with hopes of the G5 PB's to be released in the near future But that doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon. I can't stand using a PC anymore so I sold it on Ebay for $1,000.

    I also got 2 Credit Cards on the way so Here's how i'm thinking of Setting up my Macs for Music Studio Use in my Home.

    For the Actual Home Studio:

    Dual 2.0ghz G5 PowerMac Standard Config. Good deal w/ Edu Discount

    For the Road and School (Berklee)
    12" PowerBook 1.5ghz w/ SuperDrive and 768mb of Ram.

    I will be running Garageband quite frequently, also Finale 2005, hopefully getting Reason 3.0, Logic, and Digital Performer on both Machines.

    Just wanted to make sure the little but powerful 12" could handle all these intense apps. with 768mb or should I upgrade to 1.25gb?

    Thanks folks!
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    The pm will workout great, but if I were you id uprade to 1.256 instead of 768. Your gonna want all the ram you can get out of that puppy. This way you cant kick yourself later for not upgrading for just a miniscuel(no way thats spelled right) amount of of money in comparison to your other purchases.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    why bother with teh superdrive if you have one at home? Are you going to burn DVDs on the road as well?
  4. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Good Point. Mayb I'll go w/ the Combo and save the extra cash for more ram.
  5. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    It likely goes without saying, but get the RAM elsewhere for much, much less than Apple charges (i.e., order with base 512MB). You can probably sell the spare 256MB stick you'll be left with as well.
  6. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Actually if I wanted to go with the 768mb It would only be an Extra $67, not too bad compared to typical Apple Charges for RAM upgrades.

    I will indeed probably sell the extra 256 chip.... But are these compatible with the iMac G5's? cuz the family's iMac only has 256 in it and it kinda drags.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    No, the laptop's memory is 200 pin SODIMM and the iMac's is 184 pin DIMM.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2001
    Wow. I live down the road from Berkeley and lived in Boston for about eight years before moving out. Where in Beantown do you live?

    Oh, and about the system, I would say that the Combo would be a better bet. Take that extra cash to Fry's in Concord and get the 1GB stick for $185. Both myself and two friends have had zero problems with this particular memory from Fry's.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2003
    I run Logic Pro 7 and Reason 2.5 on 1GHz 12"PB with 768MB, no problems.
  10. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    I live in Charlestown, MA about 10-15 minutes from downtown.

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