Ditch the Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mundy, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Mundy macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    I was given about 3k last year to purchase a Mac Pro for an upcoming project. That project is well underway, and it's becoming apparent that the Mac Pro is more than sufficient for my needs. While I use Photoshop CS3 quite a bit, I rarely work with images larger than 200 megabytes. I also user Aperture 1.5 a lot and tinker with Cinema 4D R10 in my spare time. Aside from that, I spend most of my time on the computer writing in Mellel or Ulysses.

    I'm seriously thinking about selling the Mac Pro and using the money to get a MacBook Pro instead. The thing that's holding me back is that I've never owned a portable without also owning a desktop machine. "Laptop" computers have never had a stellar reputation for reliability, and I'm wondering if I'd be making a mistake by using one has my workhorse. There is the potential that I will also be doing some video editing in the near future. I guess what I'm trying to say is that while I don't necessarily need a 4-core monster, I do need a machine that can handle maximum CPU load for a few hours at a time. And since I'm primarily a writer, the portability will be extremely useful.

    What would you do? If you had a Mac Pro that you thought you could get $3500-$3800 out of and go portable, would you do it? Furthermore, has anyone else here "ditched the desktop," even for heavy-duty work?
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    Well, it depends on the specs of your mac pro and what exactly that model is going for used. If I could stand to make quite a bit of money making the swap, then yeah, I probably would. If it was even close to an even trade, though, then it's definitely not worth it (the MBP is a nice machine, but the Mac Pro is definitely more powerful).
  3. Mundy thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    I think I can get about $3500-$3800 for the machine. It has 4 GB of RAM with Radeon X1900XT and various 320 GB and 500 GB hard drives. It isn't a shabby machine by any means.
  4. Karpfish macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
    Well, it seems that you use or at least have a good amount of HD space. You may not feel the same way, but I know I would hate carrying external HD's around just to have some decent storage. I have just under 1TB in my Mac Pro and it is filling up quickly. Just something to think about. I don't think I could go from a Mac Pro to a Macbook Pro, I love the speed of the MP and i'm getting another 2 gigs tomorrow so itll be even faster
  5. BenHoleton macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    The only downside I can see is the fact that you won't have the storage space on the road. I do use a mbp as my main computer (at least I will by the end of the week, and I say goodbye to the iBook!). You can put the same RAM in that you're used to, so that is nice. I assume you'll keep your external monitor to use with the MBP at your desk (it's a must), but the portability is great. I would recommend one, for sure. Just buy a good external HD for use at your desk for your PS3 and Aperature projects, and leave the internal HD for your writing. Just keep in mind that the Core 2 dup chips aren't nearly as fast as the Xeon. Good luck!
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Yes, bought a 17" 2.33 MBP with 2gbs of RAM to replace the dual 1.4 G4 tower, mainly for reasons of compactness, portability within my flat and near-silence. I use it mostly with an external monitor and couldn't be more pleased with the machine... I'll upgrade it to 3gbs of RAM when the price of 2gb modules comes down a bit here in the UK.

    Using QuarkXpress and the Creative Suite for print work occasionally counts as heavy-duty, not quite as demanding as video perhaps, but still enough to get it a little heated at times. ;)

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