Which is the best decision?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Glenn Wolsey, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

    Glenn Wolsey

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    I'm looking to upgrade my current setup after this years WWDC, and I'm stuck between two options at the moment. A tricked out 24" iMac or a baseline mac pro and 23" Cinema Display.

    The uses I need from it are pretty simple. I like to work in Aperture a lot of the time, and do occasional video editing. Not more than a few hours a month though. The main use of the machine will be Pages+Mail+Safari+Skype+Transmit+Aperture+Final Cut Express+Photoshop CS3.

    Reasons why I want to upgrade:

    I need more RAM
    I need more HDD space
    I need a larger screen
    I need a better video card

    These are all things which I can easily upgrade on a Mac Pro, which seems to me as if the main deciding factors of me "wanting" a new computer are crossed out with the Mac Pro, as I can upgrade just these things, where's with my current iMac I cant.

    How many years do you think I could get out of:

    A: 24" iMac up specced.

    OR

    B: 2.66 Ghz Mac Pro, 23" ACD (thats the only details you need to know as all other can be upgraded easily).

    The difference is around NZD $2000.
     
  2. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    well, you said yourself that you're going to wait until this year's wwdc.

    Just wait until the line-up for the summer. By then, who knows... maybe quad-core in the imac (probably not) and oct-core in macpro (probable).

    If you were to buy a machine right now, I would ask you how much would $2000 hurt your wallet?

    Is buying a $2000 more machine a good "Business Decision" for you? Or would you only want it because it'll be a little bit faster?

    Personally, I couldn't see myself spending $2K more on a machine, but seeing that I don't do any photo-editing, I don't need the horsepower.
     
  3. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    Multimedia

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    Mac Pro Quad 2.66 + 24" Dell

    Mac Pro Quad 2.66 + Dell 24" would be the way to go. Forget iMacs and grow up. Hopefully this will be an even more attractive option after WWDC June 11.
     
  5. pknz macrumors 68020

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    I would go with the Mac Pro if it is going to earn you money?

    Are you buying this yourself, or family chipping in? $6000 is a lot for a home computer.
     
  6. Glenn Wolsey thread starter macrumors 65816

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    To answer a few questions.

    1. I will not be buying until WWDC.

    2. I can buy with an Educational Discount

    3. I will be earning money from the machine, in the terms of writing content. I am a writer for a few magazines, and a blogger for a few online publications. Photography work, video work, and graphics are all just hobbies.

    4. I will be paying for the whole machine myself.

    I will also be looking to purchase a second display after I've had the computer a while, I really have an eye for style, so I'd like to go with 23" Apple Cinema Displays - but I'm always open to change.
     
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  8. Glenn Wolsey thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How many years do you think I could realistically get out of a Mac Pro?
     
  9. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I can't really answer that question for you.

    For me, no desktop machine in the past twenty years has lasted in its original form for more than 2 years. In fact, they're usually replaced or reassigned these days after a year on the outside.

    The Pro is a decent platform, and is properly upgradable. I'd say 4 or even 5 years is possible out of it if you drop in a CPU/GPU upgrade along the way and you don't upgrade your software too often.
     
  10. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    So if he buys an imac he's a child? I don't see the logic behind this? If, for what he's doing, he won't see a large performance difference... why should he shell out the extra cash? He could invest the money that he saves and make even more money. Like I said, since this is a business decision, treat it like one. Don't get a macpro to be "grown up", get one because it makes fiscal sense.
     
  11. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Chuh, you didn't know iMacs were childrens computers?:rolleyes:

    Do explain, multimedia, please.
     
  12. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, the iMac seems like the best deal to me. Who cares if its not upgradeable. Upgrading is overrated - if it seems like its run out of gas at some point, just sell it and buy a new model.

    Also, its still Dual Core which should be pretty fast for CS3, Aperture, etc. And anyway, you're only doing that stuff a few hours a month - 90% of the time you'll be in Word.

    I would get the iMac. No, actually I would get a MBP + External monitor and keyboard, but that's just because I need to move around when I work.
     

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