Impatient Buying Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by tri3limited, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. tri3limited macrumors 6502

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    Hi,
    I'm a FCS2 video and motion graphics editor currently constrained to a macbook and looking to go desktop. My plan is to get a 24" iMac in a few months before moving onto a Pro later on once my freelancing has paid off a bit better, just left college an'all! Motion isn't the be all and end all at the moment.

    However, a friend has offered me an old iMac (PPC) with the following specs for a mere £250. Is it worth saving that towards the 24" or buying it, keeping it for a while and then eBaying it for £50 more???

    Specs;
    Machine Model: iMac G5 17"
    CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (3.0)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 600 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.2.2f4

    Look forward to your responses!!
     

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  2. fluidedge macrumors 65816

    fluidedge

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    price seems fair to me.

    It'll be fine for cutting clips together - whether i'd want to be producing heavy graphics on it is another matter...
     
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

    LethalWolfe

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    Odds are your Macbook is just as fast, if not faster, than that iMac. The multi-core intel chips just kill the G5's.


    Lethal
     
  4. fluidedge macrumors 65816

    fluidedge

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    good point - i missed that. The macbook will be much better than that G5. Spend the £250 on a 24" monitor instead
     
  5. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    Here in Aus, you can snap up G5 iMacs on eBay for around $400-500 AU.

    That mac will be fine for basic editing and you'll benefit from the larger screen up from your laptop, but if you already have a much faster MacBook, could you put up with the screen size for a while until you get your 24"? As the above poster said a 24" monitor may be a better idea, especially for when you get a Mac Pro, you will already have a good screen to use.

    EDIT: Motion on that Mac won't be pretty. You really need at least a Radeon 9800 Pro to use it decently.
     
  6. tri3limited thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for all of your replies! u think ill leave it then as all of the advice were the downsides i was thinking of... i think ill just keep the money for the 24" stepping stone as ive already got two 32" screens for my pc suite that i connect my macbook to, its never too happy about it tho!

    Thanks everyone!
     

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