PowerMac G4 dual 1ghz vs. "Stealth" Mac Mini 1.5 ghz

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  1. Kirkman macrumors member

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    Okay, I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck. Here are the two systems I'm considering:

    PowerMac MDD G4, dual 1 ghz
    * 1.25gb RAM
    * Combined total of 220gb of HDD space (120gb+100gb)
    * ATI Radeon 9000 w/64mb (DVI+ADC)
    * Apple2x Superdrive
    * Mad-Dog 16x Dual Layer DVD-RW (in second bay)
    * Comes with Tiger 10.4 Upgrade Disc.

    "Stealth" Mac Mini
    1.5 ghz G4
    512 ram
    Combo drive
    Stock 80gb HD + ministack2 120g hd
    ATI Radeon 9200 64MB

    Neither comes with keyboard, peripherals, etc.

    My primary application uses:
    Internet (Firefox, Entourage, Transmit, Adium, Terminal)
    Print design (InDesign 2, Illustrator(classic))
    Web design (TextWrangler, Fireworks MX, Photoshop 6(classic))
    Audio (iTunes, Amadeus
    Video (iMovie, HandBrake)

    I'm very tempted by the powermac, but I'm worried that I can't really take advantage of the dual processors. The 1.5 ghz speed of the mini sounds significantly faster. The PowerMac's ability to boot into OS9 is also good for me since Illustrator seems to choke in Classic mode.

    What do you guys think? I appreciate your thoughtful advice.

    --Josh
     
  2. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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  3. chasemac macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see any $ tags but I'd have to agree on the PowerMac.
     
  4. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Yeah, it really depends on the price, man. I've seen those Power Macs break $1k, in which case, I would just go for the mini as it's newer hardware and less likely to fail.
     
  5. Aztechian macrumors member

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    The other thing is the amount of RAM in there. The PM has 1.25GB - compared to the 512 of the mini that's a world of difference.

    In general though dual 1.25's should perform significantly better than a single 1.5. You did say "bang for the buck" though so whether "significantly better" is equal to the cost difference For YOU is the question.
     
  6. Kirkman thread starter macrumors member

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    The prices for both are in the same range, around $600.
     
  7. Aztechian macrumors member

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    Thats an ok price on the powermac. if anything, a bit high but it's in the ballpark.

    The other thing is, with the powermac if, down the line you want to upgrade there are processor upgrades available that will exend its life some... if you're up to that sort of thing.
     
  8. Kirkman thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, totally.

    Well, the PowerMac is actually 1ghz, not 1.25. If it was 1.25, I wouldn't even hesitate, I'd go with the PowerMac.
     
  9. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    The dual makes up for that. A 2x 2.0GHz PM is a lot faster then a 1x 2.0GHz iMac.
     
  10. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    Go for the PowerMAc. By the time you upgrade the RAM, HDD, and DVDRW in the mini, you'll be looking at close to $900 - $1000.
     

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