Used 12-core or late-2013 iMac..hmmm

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  1. gpick45 macrumors newbie

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    So I'm trying to decide between a loaded 2013 iMac (1TB flash, GTX780M w/4GB) or a used 12-core Mac Pro (outfitted the way I want, will cost about the same as the iMac).

    Both will do everything I want/need right now and the forseeable future, so I'm kind of torn as to which way to go...

    Any thoughts about which would be the smarter purchase?
     
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  3. flowrider macrumors 601

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    +1 for the 5,1 Mac Pro. More Power and expandable.

    Lou
     
  4. pertusis1 macrumors 6502

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    Ditto with the above posts. I got a 12-core MP about a year ago and haven't regretted it for a minute. I have been slowly upgrading it as my better half allows ;) Thus far, I've added RAM, an upgraded video card, and most recently, a 30" ACD (used). Solid state boot drive will be next, though I still haven't decided exactly which is my best option there. The only reason you might consider a new iMac is if thunderbolt is really important :confused:

    ... and for what it's worth, you posted the question in the 'Mac Pro' forum. You should expect more of the same answers :)
     
  5. Mac Gus macrumors regular

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    Would be interesting to see what the difference in answers would be if he posted same question on the iMac forum :).

    I have a 12 Core. It's a great machine. Don't think you can go wrong with it and it has lots of upgrade-ability. But as mentioned, no thunderbolt.
     
  6. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    What will you be doing with the machine? Keep in mind the Mac Pro will only be slower except when using apps that support multiple threads. That said, the expandability of the MP is so nice to have.
     
  7. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    get the imac....the old mac pro sounds like a jet engine...
     
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    Seriously? :confused: This is kinda like asking a bunch of pick-up truck owners if you should buy a pick-up truck or a Mini Cooper to haul your ***** to the dump. :p :D
     
  10. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    Echoing another posts here.....

    I will say, go for the Mac Pro....:D

    You will have raw power and an expandable computer. Future proofing, I will go with more RAM than the stock. I have too a 12-core and expect 3 or more years of productive work coming from the thing....:D....And I suppose I can stand another 3 rounds of new OSes before I get software-obsolescense....Unless Apple does something radical.....:eek:


    :):apple:
     
  11. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    iOS X for the Mac? With more very disappointing surprises like the 'killing' of QuickLook support (Perian) in Mavericks? :eek:

    I would go for the MP 5.1!

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    Most silent machine I ever owned! :)
     
  12. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    My personal choice is the Mac Pro due to it's expendability
     
  13. Mactrunk macrumors regular

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    It depends on your mission.
    The 2013 iMac i7 kills the 5,1 on single processor scores.
    But if you are using multicore aware apps, the old MP might be fine.
     
  14. SimeoneSergio macrumors regular

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    You should give us more details about what you'll be doing with that machine...

    It's a bit difficult to give a proper advice. I have friends super happy with their iMac (but they are mostly like home users) while others are enthusiast with the even limited expandability of the 5,1.

    Don't be shy in saying you're going to use it with home applications or even small gaming sessions (even if maybe we'd orient you on a computer or maybe a hackintosh).

    Cheers!
     
  15. MH01 macrumors G4

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    I would go the Mac Pro.

    You can start off with a single CPU, single GPU and over time work it upto a 3.46 Dual core / Dual GPU SLI rig, but I love to build PCs.
     
  16. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Don't you have to change the CPU/RAM tray if you want to go dual CPU?
     
  17. DJenkins macrumors 6502

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    I know everyone on here has said mac pro, but these machines by nature are geared for completely different tasks!

    Need to know what you will be using it for... e.g.

    "I do desktop publishing and want to connect thunderbolt devices that clients send me"

    and

    "I want to render video and 3D animations"

    will yield very different answers :)
     
  18. pertusis1 macrumors 6502

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    Bah, not really, and not compared to a stressed out iMac. Remember, his second choice isn't a nMP.
     
  19. gpick45 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the input, everyone...

    To answer a few questions:

    The 12-core has the 2.66GHz chips. Outside of the routine web browsing, email, etc., I do a lot of hobbiest music recording (Logic, Pro Tools). Occasionally things like home movie/picture editing, blu-ray ripping, etc.

    I also plan on using Windows as well --- Visual Studio development, and some gaming.
     
  20. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Yes you do. Though its a plug and play option, you either get a dual CPU tray off ebay or go for a OWC upgrade path. I'd go with ebay, the OWC prices are damn high.

    Personally I would purchase a lower spec dual CPU option for the time being, whatever bargain you can find, and latter pop in some higher spec CPUs/Ram.
     
  21. DJenkins macrumors 6502

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    I think the iMac would serve you well :)
     
  22. goMac macrumors 603

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    It's a toss up. I'd go with whichever one is the better deal, once display is included.

    Keep in mind a Mac Pro would require a GPU upgrade probably from the get go to match the iMac as a gaming machine. So factor that cost in as well.
     
  23. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    12 core: wonderful for audio, only needed for heavy VI lifting.
     
  24. 0x2102, Apr 15, 2014
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    I would go with an iMac. Order it, used it and if you find anything it can't do return it and go for the Mac Pro.

    I sold my 12 core Mac Pro because I couldn't stand the noise anymore. Even at IDLE...not to mention at full load. The i5 will run cooler with little less noise under full load. The i7 has Hyper Threading will be slightly faster but runs hotter with a little bit more noise under full load (e.g. HandBrake encoding)

    I used my MacMini i7 2.3Ghz with 16GB RAM and 3rd party SSD to bridge the waiting time until my new Mac Pro arrived. To me the Mac Mini felt faster with better response time on any of my day to day activities - including Lightroom. I would have probably kept it as my primary computer if it had a GTX780m in it.

    The iMac will be faster at 90% or more of what you want to do. The only time it will be slower is with HandBrake/BluRay encoding.
     
  25. Mactrunk macrumors regular

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    Knowing your mission, I would go with the latest greatest iMac.
    The old MP is great, but even the highest version can't give you ThunderB or i7.
    BTW, the single processor score on the iMac, kills the old MP.
     

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