newbie advice (which Mac for college?)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by braff, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. braff macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2006
    I am currently a pc user and need to get a mac for college . I am studying film making and thats what all my work is getting done on. But am confused by all the options I have. From mini mac . Power book . imac . Intel chips power pc etc. Just need someone to be kind enough to explain what it the best for me.

    Would need it for video / sound editing . Stuff like dreamweaver / photoshop. Not really wanting to play games on it. Want to be able to use it after college finishes for my own movie projects so hopefully something that won't be slow and need replacing soon . Which I know from my pc experiance will be hard as new stuff is out all the time
  2. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    What's your budget like? I am also a film major and I use[ed] an eMac for the longest time before getting my MacBook Pro. Basically, any semi-modern mac can handle video work, just some do it faster than others. If you have the money, get a MacBook Pro (if you can wait go with the MacPro [intel powermac]) and final cut studio. If your budget is lower, go with the iMac and use final cut express (warning, this is not a universal binary!!)

    Heck, you could probably do great things with a mac mini!

    It really depends on how much money you're willing to spend and what kind of film work your doing.

    And no, as a general rule Macs have a muuuchh longer life compared to PC's.
  3. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    Since this is going to be a computer for school (~4 years) don't, I repeat DO NOT get one with PPC chip (IBM - G4, G5). Get an intel Mac and like Kingsly said, it depends on how much money you have. I probably wouldn't go for the mini, but decide on the iMac or MacBook Pro, depending on if you need portability or not. These computers are pretty much exactly the same hardware wise. If you need a killer machine then wait for the new intel PowerMac, expensive and big it will be, may not fit in a college/uni student's budget or dorm room.
  4. braff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2006
    my budget is about £1000. I can get a student discount by ordering through my college. Would prefer a desktop mac due to a bad experiance with my latop . Which is really high spec but is slow and heats up and dies . So I have to wait about an hour to start it again. Used an imac and I really don't like it . Is the mac pro due out or out as I am in no hurry to get one at the moment but will most likely have to get one about august at the latest . With these intel chips in the macs now is there compatablity probs. Older progs not working with new chips etc.
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'd go with the iMac during the graduation season or the pre-semester one. Apple usually has additional rebates for buying Macs/iPods in the summer in addition to the normal educational ones. I got $200 off my iMac G5 and the rebate came back in two weeks since it was mailed instate. :D

    I find my iMac G5 powerful enough for what I do. (iLife, web surfing, & mail) The new Intel ones strike a nice balance between power and price.
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I would recommend going with an iMac Core Duo.

    EDIT- Not quite sure why you don't seem to like them though?
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Well, it looks like you've decided. You've only got 1,000 pounds, so you won't be able to afford a powermac. You don't want a laptop. You don't like the iMac. What's left? A Mac mini. Personally I think that's a bad idea, but you've decided, so go ahead and buy it.
  8. braff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2006
    I could get a powermac for just over that amount.

    found this


    Features for this APPLE IMAC 20 G5 SUPERDRIVE

    - Power PC G5 Processor Type
    - 2100 mhz Processor speed
    - 512 mb RAM Memory
    - 250 Gb Hard Disk Capacity
    - DVD Drive
    - CD Rewriter
    - ATI Radeon X600 XT Graphics type
    - 128 mb Graphics card memory
    - Onboard Sound Card
    - 3 USB connections

    Specification for this APPLE IMAC 20 G5 SUPERDRIVE

    Processor Type Power PC G5
    Processor speed 2100 mhz
    RAM Memory 512 mb
    Hard Disk Capacity 250 Gb
    Combo Drive No
    CD ROM No
    DVD Drive Yes
    CD Rewriter Yes
    Graphics type ATI Radeon X600 XT
    Graphics card memory 128 mb
    3D accelerator graphics No
    Sound Card Onboard
    Speakers Included No
    Modem No
    No of USB connections 3
    No of Firewire Sockets 2
    Operating system Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger"
    Weight 10 kg
    Height 472 mm
    Width 493 mm
    Depth 189 mm
    Detachable Speakers No

    For under £1000.

    Is this a good deal
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  10. backupdrummer macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2004
    Chi town
    I think you could be ok getting the iMac G5 if you don't plan on using all the latest and greatest softaware in 4 years. If you can be happy with were the software packages are now then I say jump on it. I have a the old Rev B iMac G5 and it is a solid computer but it does need a ram upgrade if you plan on doing much in the way of multitasking.
  11. braff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2006

    1.83GHz Intel Core Duo Processor

    512MB DDR RAM

    160GB Hard Disk Drive

    DVD RW 8x Superdrive

    128MB GDDR3 Graphics

    5 USB connections

    2 Firewire Sockets

    Built-in Speakers

    Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger" Operating System

    Its about £930 so its under my budget and should do everything I need. I will most likely upgrade in the future when needed. Why would getting the G5 stop me from using the newest software in 4 years?
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    The Intel Macs are the newest ones and Apple is transitioning to them. The G5 should still be an option in several years but it's the best bet to get an Intel Mac for power and longevity.
  13. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Good call. As it happens, I've just ordered one for myself, but I bumped the memory to 1GB and the HD to 250GB.

    The problem with the G5 is that in 4 years the newest software will likely require the intel chips. Of course, right now, there are some apps that are not optimized for Intel. They'll run, but they run slower. But down the line, everythign will run better on Intel.
  14. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    congratulations, thats a great mac you've bought

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