What is your dream setup?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crazycat, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    Mine would be a very high end gaming PC and a MacBook Pro 15", i am thankfully i have this setup already. I also added a MacPro for doing everything when i am home except gaming and i have my trusty MBP for when i am on the road. I could not think or ask for more i am very happy with my setup.

    What is your dream setup?
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I own my dream setup :) (see my sig) Now I just want an iPhone... except I have a nice phone so I can live without it.
  3. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Well... Octo MP with 64 Gb of RAM, 8 30" ACDs, 4 1 Tb (3rd party) HDs. And also a 15" MBP 2.4Ghz with 4 Gb of RAM, 250 Gb 5400 HD, 32 Gb expresscard 34 flash boot drive, + Apple KB & mouse and a 30" ACD. And A glossy 17" HD MBP of the same specs of the above. An 80 Gb iPod (want multitouch one) + 2 8 Gb iPhones. Dream setup... only the 15" MBP part will come true (working on the $$$ now).
  4. chadi macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2007
    Canada eh?
    Technology changes so fast I can hardly keep ahead of things with my dreaming :p

    For me it's not just one thing it's more about my server farm / lab.

    At the moment I think I got it pretty good:

    'Gaming PC' (8800GTX 768MB card / E6600 proc / 2GB DDR800 2xRAID 0 arrays) logitech g15/g5 kb/mouse
    MBP 17"
    27" Samsung 275t monitor
    wacom 6x11 intuos tablet
    M-Audio Project I/O fw interface / M-audio Prokeys 88 keyboard (that I would rather trade in for a nice Roland)

    And then I have a bunch of servers I wont bore you all with listing...and I'm getting out of having a leased box and colo'ing my own space starting Aug 1. Just working out the details so I don't go broke (sooo expensive to colo in Canada).

    Maybe I'm not very imaginative, but I find I don't maximize a lot of my stuff as it is. And some I do...so I try not to get to ridiculous...like what would I do with a large blade server and a pair of redundant cisco 6500 routers? Hooked up to my cable modem? LOL.

    Ok ok...an OC256 running through my property that I can link into multiple times with a bunch of 10Gb router ports? I guess that qualifies as a dream :D
  5. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    My dream future mac would be a 3.0GHz or above Octo-Core Stoakley-Seaburg Mac Pro, 1.6GHz front side bus, 32GB of ram, 4TB of hard drive space, ATI Radeon HD X2900 XT x2 or nVidia GeForce 8800 Ultra x2, 4x 30" Cinema Display and Illuminated Desktop Keyboard.
  6. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

    Glenn Wolsey

    Nov 24, 2005
    New Zealand
    I own my dream setup, it will be arriving in a few days.

    Mac Pro 2 x 2.66Ghz
    3GB RAM
    250GB + 500GB HDD
    BT + AE
    30" Apple Cinema Display

    However, I want to add another Apple Cinema Display and an extra 2GB RAM down the line.
  7. jabrowntx macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    I don't know if I own my "dream" setup, but my Mac Pro's pretty close.

    The only things that are lacking are faster processors, 4-cores, and more RAM :D
  8. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    Home: Eight core Mac Pro with 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD in 4 high-speed 250's tri-booting OS X, XP, and Ubuntu with 1 30" ACD with an iSight (for God's sake). I think the 1900xt option would be good for my gaming needs, which are mainly Flight Simulator, Half-Life 2, Doom 3, and Sim City/Sims.

    Mobile: BlackBook 2GB RAM, keep the 160GB drive, 30GB iPhone (I can dream, right?)

    Photo: Keep my Nikon D50, get something in a 70-300mm lens, and a macro lens. 80GB iPod for photo backups on the go.

    I'm not really that hard to please. Some of yall seem like you just chose the highest of whatever is available.
  9. Noonster22 macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2005
    Cupertino, CA
    Laptop for home:
    - Macbook Pro 15" Santa Rosa LED Backlit.
    - Apple Cinema Display 30" to dock Macbook Pro.
    - Apple Bluetooth Keyboard
    - Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse
    - Altec Lansing Fx6021 2.1 speaker system.

    Laptop for school:
    - Black Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo 13.3"
    - Apple Airport Express as wireless bridge/portable router.

    Home Entertainment:
    - Samsung 40" LCD Television 1080pi.
    - Mac Mini as Media Centre

    Digital Life:
    - Canon Digital Rebel XTi
    - Canon SD800
    - Sony High Definition Prosumer Camcorder.

    - Three Maxtor Turbo 500GB Harddrive for back up.

    Music Players:
    - iPod Nano (Black) 8GB for everyday use.
    - iPod Nano (RED) 4g for Gym use.
    - Shure SE210 earphones.
    - Bose Triport Headphones.

    - iPhone 8GB.

    Can somebody give me a running total? :)

    .. but seriously... I am content with my iMac G5 and iPod Mini 4GB. :D
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I'd like to get a maxed out Mac Pro. I already have my dream laptop, my MacBook Pro, and I'm getting my dream phone this week (iPhone), a cinema display would be nice too.
  11. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    I wonder what the combined cost of this entire thread would be...
  12. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    My dream setup...

    Fast technology, a cold drink, air-conditioning, and being on track to meet all deadlines.

  13. thebrain74 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    I could chime in with some Mac Pro monstrosity, but I don't know, my SR MBP with a MX Revolution mouse and a 6X8 Wacom tablet, a FW800 250gb external, with a pair of Shure e4c's is kinda rockin my socks off right now. I guess I'd take a 30'' ACD if they were giving them away:) , but other than that I'm happy.

    wait nope...sorry... I had a brain fart

    maxed high end SR MBP 15'' dual 30'', 2TB eSata external storage, Shure e500's, Final Cut Studio, Aperture, CS3 Master Edition, airport extreme-N station (with some hella fast connection like T-1 or something), and some BOSE speakers...kidding kidding, but I would need some high end 2.1 speaker system too (probably a nice set of creatives)

    anyway thats as good as I can do right now
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    My dream setup is here: this picture is also the wallpaper for my iBook that I'll be carrying around at college. My Mac Pro will be safely in my dorm room. Under three Kensington locks in different places on the machine.

    Okay, the file's too big, and any smaller would make my specs unreadable. It's not so much a dream setup anyway as much as it is what I'm REALLY getting, save for some guesses about the display and graphics card. So here goes:

    Mac Pro
    3+ Ghz Octore (my easier way of saying eight core)
    6 GB RAM
    2 TB HDD (two 1 TBs)
    ATI Radeon HD X2900 XT
    Superdrive (whatever)
    Combo HD-DVD/Blu-Ray burner (at least 4x each)
    24" HD Cinema Display w/built-in iSight

    Oh, the possibilities...

    Edit: Only a 2 TB hard drive so that I'll have some room for expansion. Again, the only dream aspect of this is the display and graphics card :p
  15. vendettabass macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Mac Pro
    3.00Ghz Octo core
    8GB RAM
    3TB HDD
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
    Combo HD-DVD/Blu-Ray burner
    30" Cinema Display
    Mac OSX Leopard Server

    for video encoding, streaming, CS3, iTunes & iPhoto Library, Google Earth, Final Cut, Music Recording and Xgrid

    Macbook Pro 17"
    2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM

    3x Macbook's (for family)
    2.16Ghz Core 2 Duo
    2GB RAM

    Apple TV 160GB
    Samsung 40" 1080p LCD TV
    Playstation 3
  16. silverblue3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2006
    San Francisco
    My Dream Setup would be:

    A high end PC Desktop for gaming.

    A mac mini for my media center

    A 15" Santa Rosa Macbook Pro for everything else

    An 8 GB iPhone :)

    An 80Gb Ipod

    Well, unfortunately I have a crappy Athlon XP PC for gaming, a 30 GB Ipod Video, a 15"Core 2 duo macbook pro and an 8GB iPhone.

    I'm almost there though :cool:

    Oh...and I need like Petabytes of storage space ..any suggestions? ;)
  17. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I think I can safely say that, with the 3 computers I have now, my "dream setup" has been realized.:D

    They are:
    1. Windows XP PC from PowerSpec (without an internet connection) for doing Windowsy stuff
    2. 2.33 GHz 17" MacBook Pro (main computer)
    3. Rev. C 20" iMac G5 (for running classic apps and testing stuff I develop)
  18. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???

    Your dream system includes M-Audio???? Dude, think BIG:)
  19. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006

    Mac Pro: Editing
    8-core 3.0GHz Xeon
    8GB Ram
    4TB HD Space
    2x23'' ACDs
    CS3 Master Collection

    Macbook Pro: Portable
    15.4'' Santa Rosa
    2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
    250GB WD Scorpio
    4GB Ram

    Santa Rosa Mini: Media Center
    2.2GHz Core 2 Duo
    2GB Ram

    XServe + XServe RAID: Web Server/File Server/BT Box/NAS

    All connected via a gigabit ethernet hub with seperate 802.11n and 802.11g WAPs.


    Canon XL-H1
    Canon 30D
    Plus various accessories for these.

  20. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2007
    My budget dream setup would be a computer with a

    AMD athlon 64 x2 FX-62 dual core

    1GB 800MHz DDR2

    8800GTS 640mb/ATI X2900XT

    22 inch HD monitor from Gateway or 23 inch cinema display

    and a 15 inch 2.2GHz MacBook Pro with 2GB RAM and 250GB hard drive connected to an external 20 inch monitor with windows vista basic

    and the macbook i have right now, only with 120GB hard drive.
  21. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Mac Pro 3.0 Quad
    8GB RAM
    1TB HD
    Radeon X1900

    2 x Dell 24"

    Final Cut Studio 2
    Photoshop CS3
    Ableton Live 6
    Logic Pro 7

    Edirol R-09 WAV recorder
    Sennheiser HD-25's

    Pentax K10D to compliment my old Pentax K-Fit lenses

    A Korg Kaoss Pad, lots more synthesizers and keyboards

    A bigger desk, a comfortable chair, some new slippers

  22. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Your running total is $25,501 or £12,680
    yeah i added $10K or £4973 for my fee

    My :apple: dream system is: MP octo-core wit/6 GB ram/4TB int. storage/ 2.5PB ext. storage/fx4500 video card/ 30" apple x2/std. keyboard/mouse .. :eek: ;) :D
  23. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    Well, I was thinking of getting a MacBook to replace my ibook and powermac G4 MDD but this thread has made me feel so ill I think I may stick with the iBook alone! DEATH TO (RAMPANT) CONSUMERISM!

    Semi-rant aside, I think I'd really like something I could look through my photos on without it stuttering horribly, ideally a laptop (so I can cart it to libraries), so, yeah, the MacBook I guess. And I do like big screens, so one of those too (if only someone could weave a screen from grass or something).
  24. Royale w/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007

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