A 6-Year Upgrade ... FINALLY

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by astrostu, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. astrostu macrumors 6502

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    Current:
    • PowerMac G4 Digital Audio (May '01, considered "Vintage" by Apple)
    • 733 MHz processor (upgraded to 1.6 GHz)
    • 256 MB 133MHz RAM (upgraded to 1.5 GB)
    • 60 GB hard drive (upgraded to 2x120 GB)
    • 16x CD, CD±R, CD±RW (no built-in DVD capability and never upgraded)
    • NVIDIA GeForce2 w/ 32MB memory
    • No wireless (upgraded to AirPort 802.11b card)
    • 2 USB 1.1, 1 FW400 port
    • 22" Apple Flat Screen
    • H-K 2.1 Soundsticks
    • Apple black keys keyboard with clear plastic casing
    • Apple clear mouse (upgraded to 4-button Logitec about 5 years ago)
    • OS 9.2 and 10.0.0 originally (upgraded to 10.5.1)

    Order Placed as Soon as My ADC Student Status Is Confirmed:
    • MacPro 2008 (Jan./Feb. '08)
    • 2x4x2.8 GHz processor
    • 2 GB 800MHz RAM (will add 4 GB when OWC starts selling)
    • 1 320 GB, 2x500 GB hard drives (latter two from NewEgg)
    • Superdrive, 32x CD/CD-R/CD-RW, 16x DVD/DVD±R, 8x DVD±R DL/+RW, 6x DVD-RW
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    • Bluetooth and AirPort 802.11n
    • 5 USB 2.0, 2 FW400, 2FW800 ports
    • 30" ACD (waiting 2 weeks in case of updates)
    • Altec-Lansing FX6021 2.1 speakers
    • Apple thin aluminum keyboard (no Ghosts of Snacks Past to haunt me!)
    • Apple Mighty Mouse (that'll go in the drawer when my Logitech VX Revolution arrives)
    • OSX 10.5.1 (x.x.2?)


    I've been saving $50/week since June '06 for the computer, and the monitor is a joint X-mas '06, '07, and Birthday '07 present from my parents.

    I can't wait 'til mid-February when it comes! :D
     
  2. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    I could be wrong, but as far as I know there is no such thing as a CD+R and CD+RW.
     
  3. PupnTaco macrumors regular

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    Congrats, my buddy just ordered one too, he's upgrading from a Windtunnel also. :)
     
  4. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    Yes you are wrong
     
  5. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    Anyone know why it doesn't support CD+R/+RW?

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    because almost nothing else does these days. Well. not quite, but i think the '-R'/'-RW' is becoming the de-facto standard
     
  6. astrostu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Heh, thanks. Brain-fart.
     
  7. treehorn macrumors 6502

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    congrats, asatostu.

    I'm gearing up to plop down my hard earned cash as well (well, credit card at least)

    What drives did/are you getting from newegg? WD Caviar SE16?
     
  8. astrostu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually, yes, those are the drives. $130 at NewEgg and they have the fastest write/seek times I've seen for the price. I'll be placing the order as soon as I actually place the order for the computer (faxed my proof-of-studentship to Apple about 2 hrs ago).
     
  9. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    Can you point me to some information on CD+R/+RW format then? (not DVD+R/+RW)

    None of my drives support that format in any of my computers as far as I'm aware, and Google and Wikipedia (redirects to the CD-R page) are drawing a blank.

    Forgot to say congrats, astrostu. That should be a very nice upgrade.
     
  10. treehorn macrumors 6502

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    Question: Where did you see Bluetooth options? I'm not seeing it lumped with the AirPort extreme card this go around, nor do I see it anywhere mentioned as a 'built in'

    EDIT: Oops...finally found it in 'complete specs'
     
  11. astrostu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm assuming it's built-in automatically because I didn't see it as a BTO option. The tech specs specifically state that it has it, while it lists the AirPort (and modem) as "Optional" and Bluetooth not: http://www.apple.com/macpro/specs.html
     
  12. astrostu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thought I'd post a tiny update: It only took 22 hrs for Apple to confirm/update my ADC membership student status, so I just placed my order. Because of the graphics card, it has the delay that everyone's pointed out, so it'll be here "by" Feb. 20 ... in time for the eclipse on Feb. 22 when I'll have hundreds of photos to process in PhotoShop ... 16-bit 8 Mpx images took about 15 minutes to do in my workflow before (since I stack and align and average them along with other stuff) on my PowerBook ... hoping to cut down the spinning lollipop of doom time!
     
  13. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    may i ask what the discount was with ADC membership - i'm wondering whther it's worth signing up?
     
  14. Cloudane macrumors 65816

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    Wow you did pretty well keeping it upgraded, I imagine even today the G4 isn't a bad machine (better than my 4 year old G4 Powerbook!)

    Kudos for saving up, rather than adding to the debt crisis that plagues both the UK and allegedly the USA :)
     
  15. astrostu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    20%. If you're a student, it's a once-a-lifetime discount for the $100 membership, making it worth more than the student discount if you buy a system for more than $1000. But it has to be used for development (which I do on the side and as part of my research).


    It's literally hanging together by tape at the moment, and it's propped open because I had to replace a hard drive but can't get the old one out since the screws are striped. The fan in the PSU is fried so I have an external one taped on the outside to suck the air out to keep it from thermally shutting down.

    But yeah, my goal is to never go into debt until I buy a house. ;)
     

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