iMac i7 or Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ricko101, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Ricko101 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2009
    Hi there.
    I'm hoping some of you Apple veterans can help me decide on this conundrum.
    I'm relatively new to Mac. I got a MBP last year and love it. I'm now convinced to upgrade my desktop unit with Apple as well.
    With a budget of about $3k, I've done research on the Mac Pro as well as on the new iMac, and quite frankly I love that 27"(as long as it's free from defects), compare to the 22" SyncMaster I currently use, not to mention the comparison benchmarks with current Mac Pro units.
    However, I've always liked the possibility to later upgrade or add components on my desktop, which extends its lifespan for a while. I don't do heavy video editing. I use FCP for some minor projects in HD, play an occasional game or two, and so on, but I'm thinking an 8 core would last me at least 4-5 years or so, if not longer I hope.
    I know the Mac Pro is due for an upgrade very soon, but I would invest on a used 2009 model if I were to choose it.
    What are you thoughts. Anyone in the same boat ?

    Many thanks.
  2. xXxS1lv3rxXx macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    I would get a refurbished Mac Pro. Although the i7 iMac is extremely powerful, you don't really need the extra power, as the Mac Pro is amazing already. If you want later upgrades to be added, definitely stay away from the iMacs. I got a Mac mini refurbed about a week ago, and it pulls most apps up in one bounce from the dock (about 1 or 2 seconds). So take that and multiply it by like 20 and there's the Mac Pro :D>. (Math is inaccurate, but you get my point :D)
  3. PeterQVenkman macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    For the same money, the iMac is faster, comes with a larger hard drive and has a 27 inch screen.

    If you only do some light FCP editing, I wouldn't bother with the mac pro at this point. The quad core Mac Pro line is ridiculously overpriced. The dual quad (8 core) Mac Pro is expensive, but certainly the fastest thing out there- but only if you have software that really takes advantage of it. Are you rendering in Maya or Cinema 4d? If not, save your $$$ and skip the 8 core.

    Rather than spend $3000 on a computer and add to it over 4-5 years, why not spend $2000 on the high end iMac, and put the extra $1000 towards your next purchase in 3 years rather than 4-5?

    Things will just get faster. Plus, you know Macs have good resell value. Sell your iMac 27" in 3 years, and get another $1000 towards that new purchase.
  4. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    The Mac Pro is more upgradable though. I would go for the MP over the iMac. While these new iMacs are very nice, the MP will have the advantage of swappable HDs, multiple HDs even, more RAM (?), upgradable video cards, etc. I had a MP for a while and loved it. The only thing I really have not missed about it is the noise. They aren't noisy machines, but compared to the iMac they are. The MP will last you, I'm sure.
  5. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    iMac i7. You'll have to either own a display or you'll have to buy a separate display for the Mac Pro, which will incur more costs. The new refreshed iMacs are not bad, just hold out for a while due to the current 27" iMac issues.
  6. Ricko101 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2009
    Thanks guys...

    I found an interesting debate about this topic at Macworld

    I suppose it boils down to the extra $$ for the MP being justified when they are upgraded soon, and perhaps a 2009 model taking a 20-30% value decrease as a result of it (being optimistic :rolleyes: )

    I like the idea of changing unit after 2-3 years, keeping up with the latest, so I may go for the iMac. Just get that screen fixed, Apple! I've read many horror stories on these forums, and I sure don't want to be one of them...
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Thats my philosophy.

    Everyone in my studio needed new Macs -- our G5 towers were just showing their age.

    But 3 new MP towers + upgraded monitors + ridiculous amounts for MP ram back then, made that a $10,000 expenditure.

    But a 3 24" AL iMacs cost half that and were a gigantic speed up -- and have performed great for the last several years.

    This August they will be 3 years old and still worth close to $1000.

    27" iMacs will be due for an update, and the processors will just shift. The i5 becomes faster or the i7 becomes the same price as the i5 is now.

    Sell my 3 iMacs for $3000 + $3000 cash and I have all new faster than a Macpro iMacs. Yea.

    If I would have spent the $10,000+ on those MPs, today they would be slower than the new iMacs. And 2 ghz MPs are getting $1200 used. =(
  8. nutritious macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2008
    Wait until the Mac Pros are updated and then decided. They should be updated within the next month or so. You don't want to get an iMac now and see a month later you would have preferred the updated Mac Pro.
  9. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2009
    The iMac comes with all the peripherals and is a beaut... The only thing the Mac pro has is the upgradability [​IMG] I say get the iMac, or wait for new Mac pros and then make your decision
  10. iWoz macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2009
    East Midlands, U.K
    I would say go for the i7, But thats just me being biased because Im in love with my i5!
  11. PeterQVenkman macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    This really is a good point. I'm still hoping that Apple comes out with a fast, affordable tower to compete with their own iMac.

    OTOH- I can't really say I've upgraded anything besides my ram in my Mac Pro tower at the office. You can do that on the iMac.

    Really though- the iMac has a terabyte hard drive. That's a lot of room.
  12. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    its a shame, but this simply wont happen. It has been talked about on here for years, but its not something that apple seems to be the remotest bit interested in.
  13. PeterQVenkman macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    I think you might be right. :(

    The next update might be the kicker for me. If this continues, I might just continue to use my MacBook Pro as a work machine, and get a cheap PC as a render slave. I don't even need a dedicated video card in it! :)
  14. Ricko101 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2009
    I'm finding Mac Pro great deals on eBay: very tempting!! More so now than in the past week. Do resellers know something we don't as for when the new MP comes out? I thought Apple keeps that information quite secret...
  15. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    the only way they could guess is in reality the same way as us, if their supply began running a little dry, or indeed that demand for that product was running dry (as we all wait for new models!)

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