iMac vs. MacPro for composer

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mattiger18, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. mattiger18 macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2006

    I've been a logic user for about six months, and just purchased the East West symphony gold pack and expansion pack. I currently have a G4 Powerbook 1.8 Ghz w/ 1GB of RAM, and I was told at a mac store that that's not really enough to handle the power of East/West. Also, I already push the limits of Logic with the stuff I do now. I'm planning on doing some more orchestral work now, so I think I'll have to use even more power.

    I'm looking into buying a 20 inch iMac and upgrading the Ram to 2 GB and upgrading from 250 to 500 GB on the hard drive. The processor speed is dual core 2.16 Ghz. This I could get for 2000. I could also get the MacPro, which has two dual core processors at a speed of 2.66 Ghz, upgrade to 2 GB Ram, and get the same hard drive. But, even without a display, that's about 3300. Is it worth that much money to get the MacPro? Do I need that much power, or will the iMac be fine? I want to get something I won't have to upgrade for a while, and use for a long time. I know the MacPro is more upgradable, so maybe is that the better investment? I'm not a Mac expert by any means, but hopefully there are some out there that can set me straight! The guy at the store says the iMac should be plenty. Let me know what you guys think...thanks!
  2. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    mac pro
  3. theblotted macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
  4. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Yep, MacPro all the way! iMac is fast, really fast, but the MacPro is insane. It'll allow you to keep working to no limits, no need to bounce down tracks. :)
  5. adamyoshida macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2006
    Remember - you'll need a display, more ram, and so forth for the Mac Pro.

    You could get a decently-outfitted iMac for less than half the cost of the Mac Pro.

    Go for the iMac.
  6. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    Yes definatly the mac pro, and fairly soon theyll get bumped, at least 2 gig ram standard. Itll ,fly or, i should say, Sing.

    Good luck. :)
  7. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    Put it this way, you could probably afford to upgrade an iMac at least twice as often compared with the MacPro. But if you want maximum performance now that will probably keep you satisfied for ~4 years or so, get the MacPro :D
  8. BenHoleton macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    Either one will work for what you want. I would max out the imac ram, though

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