Media Gurus: Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by typewriterchimp, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. typewriterchimp macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2005
    Hi everyone,

    I need some buying advice for a graphics/media machine on the cheap. Here is a close approximation of what it will be used for:

    adobe photoshop and adobe imageready CS2
    final cut pro (video captured using sony dv cam)
    sound editing using Audacity
    rare use of flash and dreamweaver

    since this is a budget machine, I know that performance isn't going to rock my socks, so I'm not going for g5 performance here. But what kind of g4 would handle this work? A dual 500mhz system? A single processor 800 quicksilver?

    And since I'm asking: is it better to go with a powermac or mac mini? the mini will give a fast g4, but I'm concerned that it can't hold enough ram. and I would definitely have to buy a more expensive, external drive to hold footage and other media. I'm leaning toward a powermac (although obvioulsy I have no clue which kind) because I have dvd burner and new hdd that I can swipe from my "old" pc.

    I appreciate any advice any folks can offer. Budget enthusiasts, frugal pros, tech heads, chime in!


  2. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
  3. typewriterchimp thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2005

    600 bucks w/no display. I have a nice 17" lg screen already.

  4. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    hop around on ebay for a couple of weeks. Look for cheap buy-it-nows. I would try to find the first 1.6ghz G5 tower. They average around $700-$900, depending on RAM, but if you spend some time on it I bet you could find one for $600 or so.
  5. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    What maxterpiece said sounds impressive. You were expecting an 800MHz for $600, but if you can break the budget and go to about $800 a 1.6Ghz G5 would be much nicer with better VRAM, RAM and HDD. :)

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