Keep Mac Pro 2ghz w/ 8gb RAM or get iMac 2.8

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by errol, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. errol macrumors 6502

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    The mac pro (2.0ghz - base model of previous generation) is used primarily as a desktop publishing machine, connected to a 2407 24" Dell, with 8gb of RAM. There are 2 WD 250gb drives in a RAID 0, and a 500gb samsung spinpoint acting as a daily backup drive. Quark 7.31, Photoshop CS3, and Acrobat are the primary apps being run.

    My question is this, would we see any benefit in getting a iMac 2.8 or am I just nuts? I would imagine that there might be some clock speed benefits of the 2.8, but with a 4gb max RAM limit (not to mention its laptop ram), I don't know if that's a good idea. FW800 might be an okay alternative but is obviously not as fast as internal SATA for backups, etc.

    I heard benchmarks of the Mac Pro 2ghz are pretty bad, but I would hope that the RAM and the RAID would help.
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    I'd stick with the Mac Pro - the iMac is a great machine, but it's not going to be enough faster to be worth the effort of swapping, and the MP is far more expandable.
     
  3. errol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Swapping isn't too bad with Migrate Assistant :apple:
     
  4. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

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    Keep the mac pro. It sounds like you're just lusting after the iMac. In a few years you will be able to upgrade the mac pro beyond the iMac.
     
  5. goldenlotus macrumors regular

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    Yeah def keep the Mac Pro. The iMac uses a laptop hardrive which is going to be a lot slower than the SATA drives you've got now.
     
  6. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    I believe you are incorrect. The iMac is mostly laptop components for MB and Processor, but the HD is not the 2.5" variety - especially when they can give you 1Tb.
    http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html#specs
     
  7. iSee macrumors 68040

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    iMacs don't use laptop hard drives, but I'd still keep the MP.
     
  8. goldenlotus macrumors regular

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    Okay my mistake.
     
  9. pbkiller macrumors regular

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    Keep the Mac Pro. Just the fact that its more user upgradeable than the imac.... And a Dual core processor will never beat a Quad system...

    Just my 2 cents...
     
  10. errol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Will the highend iMac in the near future sport a quad core processor I wonder?
     
  11. je1ani macrumors 6502

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    people speculate Q4 08/Q1 09
     

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