Mac Pro iMac or Mac Book Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SirHumphrey, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. SirHumphrey macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2010
    Hi All this is my first post to the forum.

    I am considering the following three computers:

    iMac 27" $2198

    2.8ghz Quad-core i7
    4GB RAM
    ATI HD 4850 512MB
    w/Apple Care

    Mac Pro $2299
    2.66GHz Quad-core Xeon "Nehalem"
    3GB RAM (will upgrade to 6GB)
    640GB SATA HDD
    Nvidea GT120 512MB (will upgrade down the road)
    w/o Apple Care

    Macbook Pro $2134
    2.66GHz i7
    4GB RAM
    500GB SATA HDD
    Nvidea GT 330M 512MB
    Hi Rez anti glare screen
    w/o Apple Care

    I already have a nice monitor as well as a functioning laptop so the Mac Pro is the most appealing despite the specs. Also does anyone know if you can upgrade the graphics card in an iMac?

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $2500 MAX
    2) What size desktop would you prefer?

    c. Large (Think gamer's desktop)
    d. All-In-One (Think iMac)

    3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in. (Since Flags do not appear to be working right now, just state what country.)
    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    I would like a Mac but would consider workstations from HP Lenovo and Dell
    5) What tasks will you be performing with the desktop?
    Office programs, games, programming, surfing the internet.
    6) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    I would like to play some modern FPSs
    7) Do you mind buying online without seeing the desktop in person?
    8) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Mac OS + Windows

    Build Quality and Design

    9) Are the desktop's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes it will be in my house so I will have to look at it...for the love of god nothing with side windows or neon lights
    10) When are you buying this desktop and how long do you want this desktop to last?
    I would hope to get at least 5 years out of it. My HP Compaq notebook is 4 years old and still runs flawlessly.

    Desktop Components

    11) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 2TB?
    above 200GB would be nice but not a requirement
    12) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, a DVD Burner, a Blu-Ray-R drive or a Blu-Ray burner?
    DVD Burner is preferred but I rarely use an optical drive these days.
  2. SirHumphrey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2010

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