08 mac pro & unibody macbook or imac i7 and macbook? which would u choose

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dudeofblokes, May 7, 2010.

  1. dudeofblokes macrumors regular

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    hi guys i tell you what it is i currently have:
    2008 mac pro 8 core, 6gb, 2,320 gb & the default ati graphics supplied and nvidia 8800 with a 30" dell monitor plus a unbody macbook.

    my question is would selling this for the new 27" i7 imac and the white macbook be advised by anyone, is the i7 much better than the 8 cores in the mac pro seeing as little software uses them all? another factor is i live alone in a flat and with travel to work etc i need to save money the imac is complete all in one plugged item where as with the mac pro i have it and all the harddrives running, the monitor and the speakers thats 3 units drawing power surely there must be a difference in the power drawn.

    i can easily get a 2tb harddrive in the imac so im not losing space, the ram i have a spare 2gb so there is the imac at 6gb ddr3 compared to the 6gb ddr2 in the pro.

    i would be interested in substituting the macbook for maybe the 15" pro to supplement it.

    what is your thoughts on this and would you do it?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Mac Pro all the way, you have VERY nice setup now and iMac would be downgrade in everything
     
  3. dudeofblokes thread starter macrumors regular

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    the other problem is the mac pro is two years old and out of warranty also its a tad overkill for my needs thats why im after suggestions here
     
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    But it's still a lot faster than iMac... More RAM, HDs, GPUs... EVERYTHING! If I had MP, I would NEVER trade it for iMac. Sure it's up to you but I'd keep what you have, it's very nice
     
  5. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    I'd go with the iMac. For your needs, it sounds like it will be more than enough powerful. The Mac Pro has little added benefit. The MBP is an absolute beast of a notebook and I think the portability is crucial (for me).

    I enjoy having a desktop setup and a notebook setup. I once had the iMac + PowerBook but traded up to 17" MBP and external Apple display. Now I have the best of both worlds.
     
  6. iDisk macrumors 6502a

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    I would buy the i7 15" and a Apple Display.

    The future of technology is about being mobile and efficient. Plus with 500GB of HD or SSD you can't go wrong with storage.

    The current notebooks beat out the iMacs except for the 27" i5 & i7.
     
  7. dudeofblokes thread starter macrumors regular

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    see i currently have the 30" dell and i love the screen size the drop to the 27" shouldnt be that much , i love the look of the imac but i love the look of my pro but think its best suited for someone who can enjoy its features to the full.

    im not sure what to do i love the power of a desktop.
     
  8. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Do you love having the power, or do you love having enough power? You never mentioned what you need the power for. I say this since the first concern should be having enough power with a little to spare. What the computer looks like is secondary and apple designers make that hard to ignore - and that is no accident.

    Anyway, I suggest two options:

    1) Sell the MP, get a 15" i7 MBP and hook up to the 30" Dell as needed.

    2) Keep what you have and just get a regular 13" MB for travel. The MB is not as nice to look at, especially when it sits next to a MBP, but alone it gets the job done.
     
  9. dudeofblokes thread starter macrumors regular

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    i plan to do some website design again, and i would like it to be able to play games like command and conquer three, 4 if i use windows boot camp or parallels would be grand on either im sure as both would run 6gb of ram
     
  10. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I would say go for the iMac if you want to save money, and even the i5 would be plenty for your needs it sounds like. I think you could probably sell the Pro with the display and make money switching to the iMac. I don't know that it would really save you a whole lot of money on power, but it might. But like you said, there really isn't much reason to have as much power as an 8-core pro with what you need it for, so I would definitely go for the iMac.
     
  11. EasyJW macrumors member

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    i'd say keep what you have [​IMG] but if you are wanting to save some money, go with the iMac, it will be able to cope definately
     
  12. dipm06 macrumors member

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    you start of asking if the i7 imac would be faster than the mac pro, and when people suggest that you keep the mac pro you say that the macpro is over kill for you anyway? somewhat contradictory.

    it seems to me like you just want the newer product! which is not a bad thing i must say. like you, i like having the latest.

    if you really want the new imac and macbook i say go for it. they are great machines, and if they're powerful enough for your needs, you'll be very happy!
     
  13. dudeofblokes thread starter macrumors regular

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    there is a difference between speed and the overall power lol speed difference would give it a longer life yes but the actual 8 cores of the pro are over kill for my needs, yes new kit would be great but when factoring in power costs 1 plug vs the three on the pro, monitor and speakers must be different
     
  14. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Sell everything, get a MacBook Pro and 24" ACD. There you go, portability, speed, screen, speakers, webcam, mic and everything runs from one power cord.
     
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    but wait until WWDC 2010 to see if new ACDs are released, as there may be 27" and/or 30" ACDs for you to choose from :D
     
  17. dudeofblokes thread starter macrumors regular

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    heres hoping wwdc remembers the mac users too
     
  18. skate71290 macrumors 6502a

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    I would love to own a Mac Pro, while the initial cost is extreme, it is very "future-proof" due to the expandability :) while yes it may potentially be overkill at the minute... the i7 will probably be overkill for you as well, plus i am doubting very much if you have the ACD with your Mac Pro that it would consume much more electricity? As for your travelling, i would suggest the next MacBook Air release as it would be fast enough for your travels, unless you do heavy Graphics work on the go, Regards, skate71290
     
  19. Red Comet macrumors member

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    This is a really tough situation lol

    Option 1) Go for an iMac and a 13" baseline MBP

    Option 2) As previously stated get a nice high end MBP and grab dat 24" IPS display.

    In my book option 2 is the way to go judging from your needs.
     
  20. aumnevergiveup macrumors member

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    i'll go for i7 iMac and 13" MB pro :cool:
    it'll fits what your need. it's not overkill and you have everything on your hand :D
     

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