Imac or Mac Pro

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  1. P140897 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I was looking lately on the apple website

    I wanted to get a new mac and was debated between the 27" iMac or Mac Pro

    This would be the config for the iMac:
    3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive
    ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) and User's Guide
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    Apple Magic Mouse
    iWork Preinstalled

    Or Mac Pro:
    One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    6GB (3x2GB)
    640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    One 18x SuperDrive
    Apple Magic Mouse
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) and User's Guide
    AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Card with 802.11n
    iWork preinstalled

    Please help and prices are...
    3497$ CAD for mac pro
    2184$ CAD for iMAc
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    What are you doing with the machine?
    How long are you keeping it?
    What is your current machine?
     
  3. chill. macrumors 6502

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    i would get the i7 imac, it is more powerful than the mac pro in some respects.

    the core2duo imac is okay, but the i7 is leaps ahead. the mac pro is just a seriously bad deal right now, it really needs a refresh
     
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  5. Lloyd Christmas macrumors regular

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    Considering that you wrote nothing about what you are going to do with your machine after buying it, I would say the 27'' imac. The mac pro is outdated and a little bit to much money plus the technology is outdated. Plus you still need to buy a monitor after buying the mac pro. The imac comes with everything you need. Just plug it in and off you go. I dont really see what the problem is, just pull the trigger on the imac. Lloyd
     
  6. Maserati7200 macrumors 6502a

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    Considering that you are have a tough choice between a C2D all in one vs. a Xeon work station, I'm thinking you don't actually need all that power and expandability. If you really want more power, go for an i5 or i7 iMac, because you'll be paying for stuff in the Mac Pro that you'll most likely not want or need.
     
  7. P140897 thread starter macrumors member

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    Currently I have the late 2008 macbook
    with the new one i'll do mostly video games such as Call of Duty 4 and flight simulator such as X-Plane 9

    I will also do my school work on it

    And play around with photos

    And of course email, web...
     
  8. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    You arent doing anything that warrants a Macpro.

    Sure wish when I was in school I would have had to make a tough choice like that one...:eek:

    You could certainly save yourself over $100 by installing your own RAM, a 10 year old could do it.

    And you want the i5 with the 4850 for gaming. (i7 isnt any faster)

    http://www.barefeats.com/imi7g.html

    If you are that big of a gamer, why not a Xbox, PS3 (let me guess, you already own those?) or even a PC?
     
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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  10. Maserati7200 macrumors 6502a

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    Uhh, yeah you definitely do not need a Mac Pro for that. I agree with thegoldenmackid, I doubt you would actually even need a quad core iMac. Quad cores don't help with games. Higher clocked Core 2 Duos are better. I don't think playing games would be good on that 27" screen considering the resolution and size. I suggest a 3.33 GHz Core 2 Duo 21.5 iMac with the ATI 4670, or if you need 27", go for the 3.33 GHz Core 2 Duo 27" iMac with the 4670 or 4850
    http://store.apple.com/ca/configure/MC413LL/A?mco=MTM3NDc2NDE
    http://store.apple.com/ca/configure/MB952LL/A?mco=MTM3NDc2NDg

    Good luck.
     
  11. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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  12. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    just buy the iMac...mac pro is too "pro" for you;)

    you won't even need i7 for that...just buy core2duo iMac and party with rest of the money:)
    if you play lots of games then just buy a ps3/x-box and hook it up with your iMac as it can also be used as a display (only when someone figures it out how to do it :D )
     
  13. P140897 thread starter macrumors member

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  14. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Do you mean MP 4870?

     

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