Need advice on what to buy - MacPro or iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dunkindonuts, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. dunkindonuts macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    Hi i am new to these people rock:D

    Let me introduce myself. I edit lots of videos and make music and also play in a band. I have a pc right now but I want to upgrade because i have saved up lots of money and I am fed up of my pc. I was thinking of these options:

    1) Mac Pro with 2 Displays and macbook pro 15inch

    2) 27inch iMac and one extra display and macbook pro 15inch

    I was wondering what to buy. My main usage is I edit and render lots of videos and also make music. I am also into photography (just a hobby) so I also edit lots of photos. I was thinking of buying the macpro but when iMac came i got confused (the new iMacs are just brilliant...checked one out at the store). I am confused between the top of the line iMac and the octo-core mac pro. So my questions are:

    1)What should i buy?!:D
    2)If I buy the fully loaded iMac ( i'll upgrade the RAM myself) can i connect it to another external display(like a 30inch ACD)?
    3)If I buy mac pro then what configuration should i go for?
    4) What are the best displays available right now in the market? Are the Apple LED display good?can i connect 2 of them? If I buy 2 LED displays then i can also connect one to my macbook pro :D

    You must be wondering why i am spending so much money and also buying a macbook pro. Thats because my current laptop is almost dead(windows :p) so I am thinking why not buy the base 15inch MBP as I am already spending so much money. I'll upgrade the RAM and will buy SSD myself...I'll use it on the go and will also edit photos etc on it. Thats why 15inch:cool:

    I will be buying all this stuff in store so I am wondering if they'll giveme any discount or freebie:D...I'll also buy apple care...and I was thinking its time to upgrade to iPod Touch 64gb too:cool: I have been working hard for a lots of years so I don't have money problems...I saved a lot and i am proud of it:)

    Thanks a lot for reading this! Thanks!

    EDIT: I was checking out the apple online store right now...I saw that the quad core mac pro has only 4 RAM slots but the eight-core mac pro has 8 RAM slots! I don't need that much RAM but I was wondering as they are the same machines...why the difference in number of slots?!
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I don't know if you'll get a discount. I would definitely get the Mac Pro, the expandability is priceless.
  3. X-JRO macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Australia, Victoria, Melbourne East
    I'm pretty sure the Mac Pros processors are of a higher standard and are thus faster. The same amount wont equal (of processors (iMac Quad vs the Mac Pro Quad)) the same speed because of the quality of the processors. At least this is what I believe. The Mac Pro is also very expandable, with easily fitted RAM and HDD.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Right now, I wouldn't buy a MacBook Pro (end of cycle), but I'd jump all over an i7 iMac.
  5. Grizzly Adams macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    Well, Mr. Money Bags, it really depends on how much you are wanting to spend. One arrangement is very different from the other. There is about a 2100 difference, with the Mac Pro setup being more expensive (and that is with base configurations).

    What it really depends on is what you plan on doing with either in the future. If photography and music is just a hobby, you are going to be putting out a lot of dough for something might be really overkill.

    If you honestly see yourself needing the processing power and expandability in the future, when photography or other ventures will require upgrades, the Mac Pro would probably suit you better. I think that you are really underestimating what a well spec'd imac can do.

    In my opinion, if you are only editing photos and music as a hobby, an octo-core mac pro is supreme overkill.
  6. dunkindonuts thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    Thanks for the quick replies everyone:)

    Well music isn't a hobby...I record songs but mainly its the video that I do...
    So its final that I buy a macpro...but will the quad core processor do my work?I was leaning towards the mac pro because of what people above are saying: the expandability...thanks for the help !

    Btw what should i do about the displays?can anyone suggest me good displays?Should I go for apple LED/ACD displays or some other ones?
  7. dunkindonuts thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009

    I need to buy a MBP very soon as my current laptop is almost dead...If the new ones come out and i feel like upgrading it...i'll sell this one and buy that one:D

    thanks anyways!
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Good luck with that, but it looks like the quad-cores are right around the corner. If so, the price of dual cores are going to drop like 50 year old boobs.
  9. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I disagree. I think we won't see new MBP's for another 4 months. It's usually 8 months between revisions and it's only been 4 since the last.
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Sorry - I meant I wouldn't buy a Mac Pro ATM, if I could hold off. MBP are fine to get now. However, Dell now has an i7 notebook and that will be substantial pressure on Apple to accelerate its development. Perhaps at the January show we might see something.
  11. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009

    the quad core mac pro has one quad core processor
    the eight core mac pro has two quad core processors
    each processor gets its own four ram slots
  12. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Check out the refurb store as it is stocked with Mac Pros at the moment. The "Refurbished Mac Pro 8-core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon" is the best buy at $3,299 even though it is older, but you can get $350 off a quad.

    If you want Apple displays then obviously you have to fork out the cash and you will need two graphics cards with the connector (GT 120 or Radeon 4870) or one of these. Personally I wouldn't bother with them and go for two Dell U2410 or HP LP2475w which will run off one graphics card with just a $10 adapter and cost a lot less. You can put the extra money in to a dual quad core system, RAM, storage or SSD for apps/boot drive and get a better working setup.
  13. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    get a refurb high end mac pro, then you'll never need a new computer for a long time, u'll just need parts [​IMG]

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