Replacing G5 Dual 2.3GHz PowerMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wacomme, Jul 29, 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 a lot. 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.

    I also want a new monitor too. I want the NEC 26" 2690 or the more expensive 30" 3090, but don't have the money for purchasing both a computer and the monitor at the same time. With Snow Leopard shipping in August, I'll likely buy a new Mac before I purchase a new monitor. However, is this the best priority? Should I wait for new Mac Pro's? If so, how long would I need to wait?

    Anyway, what Mac would you suggest for me and why?
     
  2. gatepc macrumors 6502

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    If I was you I would just go out and buy a mac pro, make sure you get at least 8gb's of ram though for that multi tasking. I wish I had the money you do lol. I have almost the same needs as you I can be found running about 10 apps at once with 10-20 tabs open at anytime I also use aperture and photoshop and I do all this on my mac mini, which to say the least is rather unpleasant lol
     
  3. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    I you want to wait for new Mac Pros, be prepared to wait until February/March 2010 at least.
     
  5. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

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    MAcPros RULE, I can't tell you how messed up it is working on a G5 at work when I have the monster in my sig waiting at home.
    Buy a MACPRO & never look back.
    (Well, maybe in 4-5 years)
     
  6. wacomme thread starter macrumors regular

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    If buy now, which Mac Pro?

    Which one? 4-core or 8-core?

    Apparently there's no reason to wait for buying a Mac Pro.

    Michael
     
  7. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    If the applications you use utilize more than 4 cores, get the 8 core, if not, 4 cores will be fine.
     
  8. wacomme thread starter macrumors regular

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    *-core?

    Looking ahead the next three years, how will I know if my apps will utilize more than 4-cores?

    Michael
     

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