SHOULD i keep my MDD DUAL? or get an intel iMac??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by poolin1243, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. poolin1243 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    Hey all-

    heres the specs on my MDD
    Dual 1.4 MDD
    1.25 ram
    Nvidia GeForce 4Ti 128mb
    2 80GB HD, 1 160GB (i would pull the 160 out)
    secondary ethernet card
    added card with 4 usb2.0, 2 fw400
    its a mint condition machine.

    i use photoshop, photomechanic, iView media pro, iPhoto, Aperture(only on my powerbook right now), and the usual putzing apps(ichat, aim, yahoo, safari, etc)

    PHOTOSHOP being the biggest thing, and aperture, and such,

    would i be better off staying with this machine, or ponying up for a imac core duo 20incher???

    any help would be appreciated.

    or..wait..? wiat for a revision b?? whens that? or powermac??

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    What's your screen like? If it's awesome then I'd wait for the mini or Power Mac to go Intel. :)
  3. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
    Id wait

    I'd wait until we see what the Intel PM's are like to gauge. If they're too expensive or the software still isn't binary - buy a Quad or 2.7 :D
  4. williamw macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Id also suggest waiting, because photoshop may be slightly slower on the iMac than the Pmac dues to it having to run off rosetta
  5. xyian macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2004
    Wait, your machine's fine. I wouldn't expect an intel machine to run much better at this point.
  6. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    You still have a very capable machine and I would keep on using it unless you are finding major slowdowns while using it. If not, why buy a new computer? Most people have WAY too much computer for the majority of their uses. Many only use a computer to surf the web and send emails and occasionally put some photos up and maybe edit them a little. Point is that only power users who push the machine need the cutting edge machines. And your machine is still pretty darn powerful for your uses.
  7. poolin1243 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    oh i know its powerful....
    just that sometimes the gpu or the processor makes it choppy when adjusting sliders in DPP or adobe camera raw, and im doing alot of my workflow in that. Also, i want aperture on my desktop machine, rather than on my powerbook...
  8. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Why not just upgrade your video card then, instead of your entire computer? Dual 1.4GHz G4's are still pretty powerful. A used Radeon 9800 Pro can be gotten for under $100 these days and flashed to Mac pretty easily, which would allow you to run Aperture and anything else that requires Core Image.
  9. poolin1243 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    ya...i dont know a thing about flashing etc.
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  11. evoluzione macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be

    tell me more about this, please...

    i too have a system, that is very very similar to the original poster's, i have almost a TB of storage in mine though, and have three screen's (although i'll probably get rid of one as it's making things slow in terms of dashboard and expose etc).

    i was thinking i'd wait for the intel desktops, so that's also what i would recommend to the OP, especially if there's a way to run Aperture on these dual G4s (mine's a dual 1.25Ghz, the last of the OS9 bootables).

    personally i wouldn't recommend getting a quad G5, hang onto the G4, it's still quick, even for heavy PS work. get another stick of RAM though, it'll help.

    ok, just saw the post about flashing ^^^ thanks
  12. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003

    Flashing isn't all that difficult, although it does take some reading up on, and requires either a PC with an AGP slot, or another mac so you can remote desktop (VNC) to it.

    Don't bother getting anything slower than a Radeon 9800, especially if you want to run Aperture. They are still great cards, and run very cheap, especially if you buy a used one (under $100). For more info on flashing, check out the forums on - they have all the info you'd ever need.
  13. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    Hold off and get a new PowerMac when you are ready, that way the computer has a chance of lasting as long as the one you currently have via upgrades and the like....:cool:
  14. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    I bought a 17" Intel iMac to replace my Dual 1Ghz MDD. It was a nice replacement, and I get extended desktop with my monitor from the MDD.

    The iMac had better specs than my MDD in all areas except HD space and amount or RAM (which I will soon buy) and I miss my extra hard drive. I guess I'll just get a FW400 hard drive. I don't really care about expandability because I hardly expanded my MDD. I like my iMac replacement. My desk just looks like two monitors now and it wows everyone who drops by.

    I am a graphic designer and have been designing for a couple years now and running Photoshop in Rosetta is okay with the base RAM, but just for lo-res work. It takes a long time to start up, but it goes faster as you use it more. You really need to upgrade the RAM if you want to run Photoshop in Rosetta.

    But I'm a college student on a budget, otherwise I'd get a G5 PowerMac or wait for the Intel Mac Pros. Make sure to get an Intel Mac because those are the future and will last longer...
  15. Zeke macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    Greenville, SC
  16. poolin1243 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    all of these options intrigue me

    i am a.
    worried about the resale value of the MDD...and if i keep waiting, will it go down...and also

    if i were to hold on to the MDD...i would just be pooring money into a half-ass card?

    i dont torn.

    when are the powermacs out?
  17. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Stick with your MDD, it is going to be a while until Adobe Makes their Apps Universal along with all the other developers. It is very early in the transition to intel, I would not recomend jumping ship this early even before an Intel Powermac comes out.
  18. jrk07 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2005
    I love my iMac and all, but I would consider it a downgrade to go from your system to an intel iMac. I am still not convinced this "dual-core" jargon is really as good as dual-processors (even tho I've seen people say Dual 1.8ghz iMac already).

    *EDIT* Yeah I just went and checked out some dual-core benchmarks and they are usually better performing or right around the same speed as a comparable clock speed. I am dumb, haha.

    Stick with the MDD until the new Powermacs. You can get through the wait, just don't frequent the photo galleries of people's slick new computers on here that often ;)
  19. kugino macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2003
    well, i "downgraded" from a dual 2.0 G5 PM with 2.5GB ram (only the 9600 pro card, though) and i'm terribly happy with my intel iMac. the finder and normal day to day stuff is faster on my imac than the PM...rosetta apps run slower, obviously, but not so slow that i find it cumbersome.

    IF you plan on doing tons of rendering work via PS your powermac will be a bit faster and you might want to keep it...but if you're willing to give up some PS speed for great speed all-around, the imac isn't a bad way to go.

    i agree with other posters that your machine is still a fantastic one...but i'm quite pleased with my imac. the longer you wait the less you'll get for your PM...but maybe you can also start saving for the intel powermac, whenever that's coming...

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