Buying system. Need Help

beatle888

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Hello all,

im looking for a cheap system on ebay to learn after effects and shake but im not sure what system to get. so i came here for help. it doesnt have to be fast. im only using the system to learn. i was going to go for a 1.25 dual G4 but i cant find out what video card it has, the seller doesnt list the card specs. is there a way to find out what old video cards went into what systems? i need open GL support.

i'd rather buy cheap now, to last "two years" ;)
Shake:
Power Mac G5; Power Mac G4 or PowerBook G4 with 1GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
Mac OS X v10.3.9 or Mac OS X v10.4
QuickTime 7.0 or later
512MB of RAM or more
1GB of available disk space for caching and for temporary files
this is the part that i really need help on
AGP graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory and OpenGL hardware acceleration
Display with 1280-by-1024-pixel resolution and 24-bit color
Three-button mouse
Optional: AJA Kona or Blackmagic DeckLink card required to preview composites on a broadcast video monitor


After Effects:
PowerPC® processor (multiprocessor G5 recommended)
Mac OS X v.10.3.2
128MB of RAM (256MB or more recommended)
150MB of available hard-disk space for installation (500MB or larger hard disk or disk array recommended for ongoing work)
CD-ROM drive
24-bit color display adapter
For the Render Engine: System requirements are the same as application system requirements.
again the open gl reference For OpenGL support: Adobe After Effects supported OpenGL card. For a current list, visit the OpenGL cards page.
 

sw1tcher

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beatle888 said:
Hello all,

im looking for a cheap system on ebay to learn after effects and shake but im not sure what system to get. so i came here for help. it doesnt have to be fast. im only using the system to learn. i was going to go for a 1.25 dual G4 but i cant find out what video card it has, the seller doesnt list the card specs. is there a way to find out what old video cards went into what systems? i need open GL support.
Apple History
 

beatle888

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thanks for the apple history link.

and if anyone can recommend a system? something that meets the above requirements in my opening post.
 

slooksterPSV

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Mac Mini should suit you just fine, iMac G5 - check apple's refurb section for good deals. - Just be sure if you do get a mac mini to have a USB keyboard and Mouse and Monitor for it. Those are not included.
 

beatle888

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slooksterPSV said:
Mac Mini should suit you just fine, iMac G5 - check apple's refurb section for good deals. - Just be sure if you do get a mac mini to have a USB keyboard and Mouse and Monitor for it. Those are not included.


will the mac mini suite those video card specs? the open gl?
 

slooksterPSV

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Considering that the Mac Mini's are new and they have 32MB VRAM, and Mac OS is OpenGL based - runs Quartz, etc., but not Tiger's CoreImage.
 

SpaceMagic

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Strange how the Shake recommendations say screen of 1280x1024, but then say that a PowerBook of over 1Ghz is required to run it. Well, I'd loove to see a Powerbook with that resolution too apple!
 

sbb155

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buy used or rev A imac g5 and you will be happy.
Don;t spend more than 1000 on any mac until macintels come out
 

weg

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SpaceMagic said:
Strange how the Shake recommendations say screen of 1280x1024, but then say that a PowerBook of over 1Ghz is required to run it. Well, I'd loove to see a Powerbook with that resolution too apple!
Powerbooks DO support that resolution. For external displays.
 

beatle888

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thanks people.

i think im going for a dual 1.25...it says it has an AGP 4x PCI slot...so i believe it will support a card with open gl hardware support. i wont buy till i find out but at least i have a better grasp on things. thank you.