The $7000 Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Santabean2000, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

    Santabean2000

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    So, check this... 'my friend' just came into some money and now has $7000 to drop on 'The Ultimate' set up of Apple gear.

    What should he buy? (Video and Photo work def. + want to get into home entertainment setup; gaming not a priority)

    Suggestions much appreciated, (note - obviously no purchases will be made prior to the 15th).

    cheers
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Well with that kind of money and interests, I'd say Mac Pro for sure, with a big old screen. Perhaps a MB/MBP to be mobile also.
     
  3. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816

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    Lucky friend! I'd suggest a mac pro and large screen as well. It's upgradeable, so he might not have buyers remorse after next years convention.
     
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  5. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Purchase memory elsewhere.
     

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  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    ^Purchase hard drives elsewhere. :confused:
     
  7. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    You're right. I am a Macbook Pro user and the whole "void warranty" thing dominates my thought process when it comes to installing foreign hard drives. I don't know 'bout the Mac Pro and warranty.
     
  8. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Mac Pro is most certainly user replaceable. They sit on little sliders with no screws in the Mac Pro. As for the MBP, installing a new hard drive was really easy once you get the keyboard off.
     
  9. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    So buy a Stock Mac Pro Upgrade it yourself get a Dell display and whatever software he needs.
     
  10. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    Get a apple rehurbshed display 30''
     
  11. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

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    Not to be rude or whatever its called


    but just came in with 7grand

    it seems you know
     
  12. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a

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    Mac Pro with 30" display and to-be-released ultra portable.
     
  13. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    How can you possibly recommend a product when you don't know the specs or the price?

    A mac pro is the obvious answer. With that kind of money and those interests, there's really no other option. If he's doing video work, the upgrade to the 8800 GT is a no-brainer, as is the decision to purchase RAM and hard drives from 3rd party vendors.

    The processor upgrade is a harder question. With a $7k budget he can afford whatever he wants, but just because he can doesn't mean it's a good use of the money. The way I see it, the 8 core at 2.8 Ghz is the sweet spot. $800 for each 200 mhz increase beyond that is not a good price/performance ratio.

    So in his position, I would order the 8 core 2.8 Ghz with the 8800 GT, and stock RAM and hard drives, along with a 30" display. Throw in applecare and wireless and you're at $5097 before tax. That leaves him $2k to spend on RAM and hard drives, and probably have some money left over.
     
  14. timestamp macrumors 6502

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    If he isn't bound to having all Apple I would recommend the Dell 3008WFP, which has a newer IPS panel and is more versatile in terms of inputs.
     
  15. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Buy 4000-5000 worth of stuff. Stick the 2000-3000 leftover into some Apple stock.
     
  16. fall3n macrumors 6502

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    You can get a 3rd party notebook hard drive installed into a MB / MB Pro without voiding your warranty, it just has to be done by an Apple Service Provider and of course if the drive fails then your warranty for that drive doesn't have anything to do with Apple. As for a Mac Pro, you can install the drives yourself as it's meant to be easy for users to do, however if you fudge anything up then your warranty is void.

    As for the guys question above, buy what meets your needs and put the rest of the money towards an investment.
     
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