Mac Desktop upgrade

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Shark718, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Shark718 macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    I need help, I have the old G5 Mac pro 1.8 tower. I got it when the G5's first game out. I wanted to upgrade to a new desktop. I want to know which one should I get, the new Mac mini or stay with the towers. Also which Mac mini should I get or tower. What is the speed difference in between my Mac pro 1.8 single processor and the new basic mac mini and basic mac pro tower. I use it for Photoshop, Itunes, Editing RAW photos and learning final cut pro. Thanks for any help....
  2. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    get an iMac. by the time you add all the accessories to a Mini the price is the same as the cheapest imac
  3. Shark718 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    I was looking at the 27" iMAC but a lot of people have been having a lot of issues with them.
  4. rtrt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    some random thoughts;

    base model mac pro is widely regarded as very expensive for what you get. some suggestions that the top end imac would be equivalent/greater in performance if not in expandability.

    personally think there's a bit more risk of failure attached to the imac - with its all in one format - happy to admit my opinion is coloured by my old imac G5 problems. others on here will disagree or if you go for applecare it may not matter anyway.

    do you you need the multiple internal drives of a tower, do you need the PCI-E slots etc?

    do you have a good screen you'd want to continue to use?

    suspect whichever way you go the processing will be faster than the G5 - even the base macmini.

    tbh think you need to provide more info for better feedback.

    also have a read over on the macpro forum as this sort of question has come up before i think
  5. Shark718 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Well, I was thinking of the mac mini 2.53 server and a external blue ray burner with a external HD bay that can hold around 4 HD. I was also thinking of going for the 24" inch apple screen. Do any one think apple will make any more desktop announcements in Feb Mac world 2010
  6. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Why? For $100 less to buy the 27" iMac you'll get a 3" bigger screen, 15% faster processor, faster hard drive, an optical drive, FAR more powerful graphics, a keyboard, a mouse AND the ability to upgrade to twice the RAM.

    The ONLY benefit the Mini server would have is OSX server, which is a total waste unless its actually working as a server for 5+ other machines.

    Apple does not participate in the Macworld events anymore.

    The issue is with Adobe's Flash plugin, not Apple or its hardware.
  7. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    OP, I would suggest you opt for an iMac, as you get more bang for your money.
    Regarding the performance issues with the new iMacs, there seems to be a temporary solution until a patch is released from Apple.

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