Help in Making Decision....

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jdogg707, May 9, 2005.

  1. jdogg707 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2004
    I am currently looking into getting a Mac desktop and need some help deciding what to buy. I have a pretty potent Windows desktop for gaming, and have no need for a laptop as my Powerbook works for my mobile needs, but I would like to use the Mac desktop as my every day machine. Mainly surfing the web, iChat, E-Mail, basic photo editing through iPhoto, office, etc. I like using OS X more than Windows (Duh!) and that is why I would like to run both a windows box for gaming, Access, and Visual Studio; while having an Apple desktop for my every day stuff. I would like to be able to tkae advantage of Tiger, while also having a machine that will run well for the next two years or so. I don't want to spend anymore than I have to, but want to get a good machine to meet my needs. I do not want an iMac as I will be running both my PC and Mac off of my Dell 2005FPW, and do not have room for another monitor. I will be using a KVM for the USB keyboard and mouse switching. I have a set of Logitech Z-5500 Speakers I will be connecting to the Mac via Optical Connection. Here is what I can come up with:

    *Note all prices are using the EDU discount

    PowerMac G5 Single 1.8GHZ
    600MHZ FSB
    256MB RAM
    80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
    ATi 9600XT 128MB
    Combo Drive
    Apple Keyboard and Mouse

    Apple Price: $1278.00 - $100 Rebate = 1178.00 + Tax

    Upgrades: 1GB Corsair RAM (2x512) $77.99, Westen Digital 160GB SE SATA $89.00

    Total Price: $1,434.45 (Including 7% Sales Tax)

    PowerMac G5 Dual 2GHZ
    1GHZ FSB
    512MB RAM
    160GB Hard Drive
    ATi 9650 256MB Video Card
    Combo Drive
    Apple Keyboard and Mouse

    Apple Price: $1754.00 - $100 Rebate = $1654.00 + Tax

    Upgrade: 1GB Corsair RAM (2x512) $77.99

    Total Price: $1,854.77 (Including 7% Sales Tax)

    Thanks for the help!
  2. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    If you can afford the extra $400 dollars, then I would get the G5 dual 2.0. That way you get more RAM at better price. The large hard drive will also be nice.
  3. jdogg707 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2004
    It's not necessarily the money, but I just don't know if the extra $400 is worth it?

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