Replacing Dual 2.3 GHz PowerMac G5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wacomme, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. wacomme macrumors regular

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    In light of the Snow Leopard announcement, the time has come to start thinking about replacing my G5 PowerMac with an Intel-based computer. But which one?

    While I do a lot of web surfing and MS Office work, I'm also a photographer who uses Aperture and Photoshop. I use 4 - 5 1TB drives (mostly storage), and tend to have several applications open at once. I'm often multitasking - a dozen tabbed websites on two web browsers (Safari and Firefox), Photoshop open, Aperture open, Word and Excel open, iTunes playing, Mail, Calendar, and 2-3 more programs also operating at the same time. I currently have one Dell 20" monitor, but plan to either get a 26-30" monitor, or use a dual monitor system in the near future. I calibrate my monitor(s). I have one, dual-bay, SATA enclosure and one single SATA external case.

    As a high school teacher and photography a side business, I don't have a lot of spare cash. I'm also in college, and have access to a school district owned Dell laptop.

    I presume another desktop Mac would be what I need. The iMac has a nice pricepoint, but I prefer the option of choosing my own monitor. I want the NEC 2690WUXI, but don't have the money. With Snow Leopard shipping in August, I'll likely buy a new Mac before I purchase a new monitor.

    Anyway, what Mac would you suggest for me and why?

    Thank you.

    Michael
     
  2. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Well, if the 4-5 1TB drives you use are all internal, then you only have one choice - the Mac Pro. If they are external, then you can go with something else. The mini will even do what you want, as long as you upgrade the ram to a max of 4gb.
     
  3. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    I would get a Mac Pro. You could use a Mini, but you said that you use 1 TB drives and do lots of photography. The Mac Mini isnt exactly a very good choice for this, at all. Now, if you are on a budget, I would suggest looking into a used/refurb/new Mac Pro.

    Apple right now doesnt have any cheap Mac Pro up, but here is one http://store.apple.com/us/product/FA970LL/A?mco=MjE0NjQ1OA

    I would also suggest buying from a company like MacMall. No sales tax (in most states) and mail-in-rebates. http://macmall.com:80/ttsvr/n/Mac-Pro/macNavLinks-macNavLinks.225

    Hope this helps.
     

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