one mac or two?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by imaginaryponds@, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. imaginaryponds@ macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2004
    NYC, FLA, VT, CA
    ok, here it is:
    my folks are giving me $3500 towards a new computer as a birthday (april 9th! 22 yrs! whoo hoo!)/graduation/going to graduate school present. that's a lot of #$%&ing money. i do a lot of computer recording with pro tools, reason, rewire, etc etc. my current ti667 is letting me down, and i'm totally pschyed about these updates.

    here's my dilema:
    (keep in mind these are with educational discounts)

    17" 1.5 GHz PB with the 5400 RPM drive and 2 GB of memory=about $3500 (totally sweet and totally maxed out)

    OR (and i keep waivering back and forth on this)

    17" Apple display+Dual 1.8 GHz G5 standard (except add an airport card) NOW=apx.$2,987
    AND 15" 1.33 GHz standard LATER(when i can come up with the extra funds, which should be about a month...i make 12/hr and i work about 30 hrs a week. food's about $10 a day, and i i'm living with friends, for free)=apx.1799

    so really the question is: do i get one totally maxed out 17" laptop now or get the two not maxed out computers over time. I suppose i would only really worry about maxing out the G5 (8gigs of memory? oy!), and sort of let the 15" PB be my "play" computer.

    so there you have it..advice???
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    It sounds to me like you are a notebook user - in that case, you'd probably be happier with the maxed-out PowerBook G4. The PowerMac G5s sure are tempting, but with the funds you have and the fact that you'd be upgrading from a PowerBook G4 Ti 667, I'd recommend the one mac option. I'm not a PowerBook user currently (but I was in the past) - in fact, I owned a Ti 667 before I replaced it with this iMac I have now.
  3. rueyeet macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2003
    Since it sounds like you want a laptop either way, I'd say go with the tricked-out 17", and keep your TiBook as your second, play-around computer since you already know it can mostly handle your real work in a pinch. You still end up with two Macs.....can't go wrong there. :)
  4. davecuse macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2004
    I thought about the same scenario when I got my powerbook. In the end I wound up getting a jacked up 17" G4 PB and a 17" Studio Monitor, also looking to get a bluetooth mouse and keyboard shortly. Syncing 2 machines is a real hassle... that's why I stuck with the one machine setup, and it's worked out great.
  5. imaginaryponds@ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2004
    NYC, FLA, VT, CA
    thanks guys! I did it, got the maxed out 17". i can't wait!
  6. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I agree that you made a very wise decision imaginaryponds@. You are going to be very have when it arrives.
  7. djkny macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2003
    Wow. $3500 grad gift? The real question is, "do your parents adopt?"
  8. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    thats tight , but i would have def went with a g5 processor , especially with how fast technology is moving , in a nother year "wats a g4"

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