New Laptop setup

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Fiveos22, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2003
    I have been a desktop pers on for my entire college career. I am very much a fan of both the power and expandabiliy that desktops offer. However, I need to switch to a laptop for the next four years (portability, cleanliness, classwork...). I do not want to take a step back from my current hardware (in any fashion) which is the cause of my problem.

    My current setup is:

    PM single 1.8 G5 processor
    1 gig RAM
    320 gigs hard drive
    ATI 9600 64meg

    With the new intel processors and the availability of universal binaries, I am no longer concerned about the processor/power issue. RAM is not an issue with the MBP, nor is gfx card. The problem is I have a large music library (~60 gigs), and a growing photo library (+5 gigs), and want to leave my options open for toying around with DV or multiple operating systems. Furthermore, I am very hesitant to just toss all of my personal files (music, photos) onto an external drive, because I want to be portable (taking a laptop around is one thing, taking a laptop+hardrive+powersupply+whatever is unacceptable). The problem here is hard-drive space.

    What should I do?

    Option 1) Buy a MBP with the big harddrive (120gigs) and sell my PM, hoping that the 120gigs will suffice.
    Option 2) Buy a MBP and keep the PM as a server (but adding to the clutter of my small apartment).
    Option 3) Buy a MBP, sell the PM, and get an external harddrive.
    Option 4) ?

    Convince me.
  2. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    My choices would be 3 and 2...If you have a need for a dedicated desktop machine, then I would pick #2, but if you only need the storage, then #3 might work a bit better for you. One benefit of #2 is that the PM could be kept on the network 24/7 (in a closet or something) and you could have constant wireless access to it. With #3, you need a physical connection, so you can only connect while at desk.
  3. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    My solution has always been to keep whatever computers I already have and add more computeras as my needs change. I haven't thrown away a computer yet...

    So I would say keep the PowerMac G5 and buy a MacBook Pro.
  4. Fiveos22 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2003
    I suppose what I am also ignoring here is that I do not currently have a router (wireless or otherwise) and I want to keep things simple. The fewer connections to worry about, the better.
  5. vashim66 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    You could replace the internal drive with a 160GB laptop drive from seagate. I think it's the largest available atm
  6. jamesi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2005
    Davis CA
    haha why are so many ppl eager to sell thier PM G5s for a MBP? you spent quite a bit im sure on buying the G5 in the first place, and that computer was built to last a very long time. down the road, you can upgrade everything about it....but you cant with a MBP. just b/c apple presents you with a new toy doesnt mean you have to buy it. the single 1.8 G5 is still a capable machine in all respects and i wouldnt expect you to be disapointed with its speed even 2-4 years from now. if you want a boost, then get a better video card asap
  7. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    Um...he needs portability. As great as the PMs are, I don't think he'll be able to carry them to the class room. And I don't really think he's looking for a "boost".

    I say go with #1, the upgrade isn't THAT outrageous. If you're using UB apps, you'll be fine with speed (although Office is a bit slower). And finally, if you need more room, you can buy an external harddrive later on down the road. Try it out without one, get one later if you need one...

    That way, you have the least connections, and you can just sell the G5, making the MacBook Pro's cost a bit easier to swallow ;) :)
  8. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2006
    There are cheap mobile external HDDs. I've never used one, so I don't know how much they drain the battery or how well they work etc, but LaCie has a big selection fron 30GB to 120 or 160GB...just an idea.
  9. Fiveos22 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2003
    1) I use computers to do work (word processing, communication, statistical analysis, reference journal mining, schedule planning, presentations...) IN ADDITION TO entertainment such as dvds, music, and photo storage. I do not use computers as toys.

    2) I got my PM for 20% off the sticker price when I bought it from Apple...I wasn't just throwing money into the fire to have the latest and greatest.

    3) I have never been disappointed with the speed of my PM. I have had it for three years and it is a very capable machine. However, buying a G4 laptop would be taking a step backwards in overall computing power, which I am unwilling to do.

    4) As I said before, I'm moving to a laptop for portability. A G5 powermac is not remotely portable and I do not want to have it around when I have to move.

    What I am looking for is advice for a setup featuring a MBP...not your critique of whether I should get the MBP.
  10. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.

    I would wait for Apple to update the MacBooks at which point they may offer larger internal drives. Seagate recently announced a 160Gb drive and they are supposedly going to release a drive that is ~200Gb. Alternately, you could buy the current 160Gb, install it in your MacBook, and put the "old" 100Gb/120Gb drive in an external firewire enclosure that requires no external power. I'm about do to this for myself as my 100Gb is getting to small. This will give me a very portable "extra" 100Gb of storage that is easily toted about. Futhermore, you can place less necessary data on the external drive...perhaps your music if you are carrying an iPod around...or photos...etc.
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I say keep your 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 and buy a new MacBook Pro. :)

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