What to do?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by crazyfortech, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. crazyfortech macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005

    I joined the mac community last year in August w/ buying a Powermac G4 Dual 500mhz, I now LOVE Macs, the operating system is so stable and it's just a great computer.

    Well w/ this powermac I think it's just kind of slow and not really a good choice for me now. I really want to sell the powermac g4 dual 500 mhz and buy a Mac Mini G4 1.25 or 1.42, I don't have any more money than 500.00 (after I sell my powermac, I also have a little bit of cash) so a intel mini would not be a good choice. For what I can get for my powermac I can get a mac mini. a mac mini would be very more practical for what I do. I haven't tried iLife on the powermac so I'm not sure how it would preform, I think if I got the mac mini I could save it for maybe another year then when I get the money I can buy a Intel Imac or mac mini intel. I plan on using

    final cut express (the lightest possible way)
    photoshop 7 ( photoshop 7 is just way more easier then CS2)
    photshop CS2 ( just the lightest way possible)
    iLife 2006 (I do a little home videos and that rought)
    garageband ( I play the piano and the sax, but I'll just record little)
    iTunes ( I have a ipod mini)

    big programs like final cut express and photoshop I won't use that often just to tochen up a photo or do a 10 minute movie.

    I know that if I got a mac mini it would be MUCH faster then my powermac.

    What would you do?

    I would consider different options, but I allready have a dell ultrasharp display so iMac's and eMac's are not considered.

    Or should I save up my money and buy a mac mini intel?

    PS. I hope on using this computer for about 2 more years
  2. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    Sell you PowerMac here or on eBay, I guess you could get $300-400 for the PM. Then you would have $900 if you put in an extra 100, and you could buy a kickass duo mini, with 1 GB RAM. Or a Solo Mini with SD, 2 GB and Mighty Mouse + Keyboard. I would go for the solo, because the extra RAM would make it much faster... Just my two cents...;)
  3. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Plus, with the Solo you can always upgrade to a Duo at a later date when you have more cash.
  4. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    oh i said that totally wrong, I meant that when I sold the powermac and I have some money it will probably equal 500.00

    better fix that
  5. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    well here's another option SAVE (a hard thing to do) UP for an intel mac mini duo, maybe I can get a little more money from my parents?

    the dou and single intel seem pretty nice, maybe I do need frontrow?

  6. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
  7. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
  8. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    I say get what you can afford when it comes to the Mini. Don't waste your money on RAM and use it to upgrade the HD or something from Apple. You can always buy another stick of RAM and pop it in yourself. I think a Core Solo would be nice for you. With 2GB of RAM would be about as fast as a Core Duo. :)
  9. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    With the Intel Mini though you want to have at least 1Gb, and currently buying the Mini with 1Gb installed by Apple is cheaper (and easier) than buying it from a third party.
  10. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    well I thought that the mini g4 prices are very attractive, I could get a nice 1.5ghz for 'bout 400.00 (with 1gb RAM!)

    So then I should save up for buying a mac mini, should I then get intel core dou or single.

    It's going to take me a L...O...N...G time to save up that much 600.00 or 800.00!

    If I did decide to get a core solo, would it be faster then my old guy now (powermac g4 dual 500mhz 512)
  11. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Photoshop on the Intel Minis are running under Rosetta and may be a little slower that you think... should be faster than the G4 but not that much of a speedbump untill they come out with the Universal Binaries End of the year or early 2007.
    Final Cut pro is universal BUT NOT THE EXPRESS VERION
    all the other apps are universal.
    In your case all your software will work, just not @ 100% speed.
  12. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    well I know that BUT what should I buy NOW

    a 1.5ghz mac mini


    core solo or duo mini
  13. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005

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