Need Directions w/Purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by herpasymplex10, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. herpasymplex10 macrumors newbie

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    Need some help our direction.

    I'm going to be purchasing a Mac.
    My main reason is I'm an amateur filmmaker and will be using it to edit
    my digital films.
    That is pretty much the sole reason for the purchase.
    I have a monitor so that is not a concern.

    I will use it to surf the web a bit - nothing fancy.
    I will use it to burn CD's.

    I've got about 2500.00 to play with.

    I'd like some tips, advice, etc.
    Please.
    Thanks
     
  2. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    how about a dual 1.8 G5, extra ram from crucial and Final Cut Express if you don't have an editing program yet. That seems to fit your budget. FCE is 99 after rebate right now. You could also use a 2nd internal SATA drive, and you could buy that from another vendor so it would be less expensive.
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Agreed, but I'd get a refurb dual 2.0 ($2K on Apple's site now - go to store.apple.com and click on the SAVE tag). Or, better yet because it's cheaper, get a refurb dual 1.8 - the older ones are better in that the supplied hard drive is larger and there's more room for RAM. Note that the 'new' dual-1.8 is not a replacement for the 'old' one - it's a replacement for the 'old' 1.6. The 'old' 1.8 is a really nice machine, very close in performance to the dual-2.0,
     
  4. herpasymplex10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'm checking this out.
    thanks for the advice
    please keep it coming
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    For example, right now, you can get a dual-1.8, 512MB, 160GB hard drive, and Superdrive, for $1800. Good price. Leaves $700 of a bit more RAM and for software.

    The 'new' refurb dual 1.8 is $100 cheaper, but has half the RAM, half the RAM slots (for upgrading), and half the disk space. And a crappier video card, I think.

    The refurb dual-2.0 is $200 more, and not really worth it to you. Performance gains are minor, and, with your budget, $200 spent on RAM will help more than $200 spent on the minor speed bump. The only reason I bought a dual-2.0 instead of a dual-1.8 is that, when I bought, there was no dual-1.8, just single 1.8's.

    Refurb availability varies enormously over short periods of time. If you see something you like, jump on it!
     
  6. iBert macrumors regular

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    Yeah, go with JSW advice. I just got my Dual 2.0 refurb on thursday. And is wicked awesome. I do some filmmaking but probably not as you do, I do it for fun and to share it with families and friends. But I'm a programmer so soon I'll be starting to do more development. Go with the refurb, goo d price and you get the same quality as a new machine from apple. I'm saving some $$$$ to do some upgrades, like hard disk, ram and video card. Does any one knows if HD with 10,000 rpms will work on the G5? I also was between getting the 1.8GHz and 2.0Ghz and last time I checked the 1.8 seems to be a refurb of the new 1.8 so call and make sure that if you're getting the 1.8 you get the old model.
     
  7. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    hey those refurbs are good enough. even the single g5 they have there will be good enough for your work and you could use the extra dough for software and storage space - which you'll defenitely need for video editing.
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Good advice! Usually, the 160GB drive indicates an 'older' one. But, absolutely, the best advice is to call. But, if you get 512MB RAM and a 160GB drive, then it's not so bad if it's a new 1.8, although the extra RAM slots are very nice. In fact, since you'll likely add RAM over time as you find your need for it increasing, if you can get either an older G5 (except the 1.6) or any of the newer ones (except the new 1.8), you'll be in better shape.

    Note though - as Manzana says above - that, really, any G5 made yet will work for you. None are underpowered. We're just trying to help you find the best deals.
     
  9. herpasymplex10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    again
    thanks sooo much for your help
    i'm at work now and can't do too much
    tonight i will

    and let you know the progress and any more questions
     
  10. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Your name is just too great! Hilarious!
     
  11. herpasymplex10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    do you know what its from?

    points will be awarded if ya do

    :D
     

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