What's your desired hardware setup?

minimax

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 9, 2005
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Perhaps I'm opening a pandora's box, but I'm curious what your desired apple hardware setup would be for your next upgrade, say within three years? I'm not talking about exotic CELL species etc. but appealing for a bit of pragmatism...we all know dualcores are in the pipeline, PCIe etc. I'm also curious what your planning to use this setup for. Perhaps you really need that dual dual 4.0 PM for faster word processing / internet / itunes performance...just spill it

For me, I'd love to see a

slightly larger mac mini G5 3 GHz MONOcore
with 128 MB VRAM and a faster GPU that supports Core-Image :eek:
that has room for 2 DIMM slots so I don't need to throw away memory
and 4 USB slots so I can ditch the stupid hub
combined with a 20" screen 4:5 (my preferred aspect ratio)

Although at times I can be a pretty powerconsuming multitasker (f.i. working simultaniously in vectorworks, art.lantis, photoshop, illustrator alongside firefox, mail & itunes) when I have a deadline, i like to stretch my system and make it work for its money :)
The dualcore... is just not my thing...feels like two people standing behind the wheel :rolleyes:
I just prefer raw computing power above the ability to switch fluently between so many applications. In the worst case scenario, I'll close the iTunes and listen from my shuffle :D
 

Jo-Kun

macrumors 6502a
Dec 20, 2003
677
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Antwerp-Belgium
I just want monitors, storage & ram to be much cheaper ;-)

my G5 is very nice I don't mind the fact that it isn't small :p

ideally: 30" display, 2x(still non existent)500GB sata 16mb drive (in mirorring for safety, 16mb buffer for speed) and a keyboard wich types like the Powerbooks... I really hate the Apple keyboard wich came with the G5... too noisy too hard to type on... I prefer the smooth silent type :p

in between 4 & 8GB ram

processorspeed is not something I care a lot about because Photoshop is my main use & with dualprocessing it takes advantage of that... & diskspeed & ram are things wich really make a difference when working with big files... my scanner only has a speed increase when using a faster storage...

but thats for me... ;-)

ok and a mac mini wich is slightly bigger but has the 'powerblock' (sorry have no clue how to call this big white external power thingie...) built in so there is only the small powercord coming out of it... standard with BT & Airport so if people really want to make it look very nice you only have a powercord & displaycord coming out of it ;-)

and offcourse a new apple 17" widescreen display wich goes perfectly with the mac mini (style- & pricewise)

and get the iBooks & 12"Pb a new widescreen too... so everything apple is widescreen ;-)
 

revenuee

macrumors 68020
Sep 13, 2003
2,251
1
LOL ..

Powerbook 15 inch for that compromize between portability and real-estate

some form 64bit processing would be nice, i'm guessing dual core is more likely though,

upwards of 150 GIG hard drives running at 7200 rpm for on the go editing without external hard drives

2 - 4 gigs of ram to handle the most taunting of tasks

the ability to run a 30" display at full resolution for when i'm home from the road

i would also like a job that will allow me to pay for all this in 2 or 3 years ;) ... LOL


BY the way i would like all that to run on a super capacity battery that gives me 8 hours of life wile i'm doing everything without having to resort to extreme power saving techniques
 

miloblithe

macrumors 68020
Nov 14, 2003
2,072
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Washington, DC
What I'm really hoping for is the day a dual core or dual processor machine falls into my price range (which should be going up but still isn't high). I'd be happy to replace my eMac in a year or so with a dual (or dual core) 2+Ghz Powermac and a 19+" monitor for less than $2000 (although closer to $1500 would be better). That system should have at least 1GB of RAM.
 

andrewfee

macrumors 6502
Aug 29, 2004
467
2
I'm perfectly happy with my maxed out 17" Rev.D Powerbook's performance in all but one area: gaming.

Now, I know Macs aren't really gaming systems, but you would think a £2400 laptop would be able to do fairly well. I know it's apples to oranges (or lemons as the case may be ;)) but I could have got a PC for less than half this price that would have been more than twice as fast.

Now I don't do heavy gaming on my mac, but I would love to be able to play World of Warcraft more. The Ironforge Auction House / Bank area in the game is never higher than 10fps. While I get about 20-30 fps outside, it doesn't feel that smooth; the game is always stuttering. The 5+ yr old PC in my house gets about 15-25 fps, but plays a lot smoother than the Mac. :(

Ah well, hopefully Tiger will speed things up a bit.

The actual numbers in the framerate doesn't bother me at all; I just want the game to feel smooth no matter what's going on. I've tried running the game at its lowest settings at 800x600 and it's almost exactly the same, only it looks worse.

So my ideal hardware setup would be whatever specs are needed to keep the game playing smoothly at 1440x900, detail settings don't really matter. (although it would be nice if they could be turned up)
 

biohazard6969

macrumors 6502a
Feb 23, 2005
836
0
toronto canada
its all about a 15" powerbook G5 whenever it comes out!!! 1 gig of ram, 128mb video card, at LEAST 100 gb hard drive, and can't forget about that sexy backlit keyboard :p
 

Mord

macrumors G4
Aug 24, 2003
10,090
21
UK
10THz 1024bit G42 23" solid diamond powerbook with 512TB ram and a 80EB HD :p
 

chaosbunny

macrumors 68000
andrewfee said:
I'm perfectly happy with my maxed out 17" Rev.D Powerbook's performance in all but one area: gaming.

Now, I know Macs aren't really gaming systems, but you would think a £2400 laptop would be able to do fairly well. I know it's apples to oranges (or lemons as the case may be ;)) but I could have got a PC for less than half this price that would have been more than twice as fast.

Now I don't do heavy gaming on my mac, but I would love to be able to play World of Warcraft more. The Ironforge Auction House / Bank area in the game is never higher than 10fps. While I get about 20-30 fps outside, it doesn't feel that smooth; the game is always stuttering. The 5+ yr old PC in my house gets about 15-25 fps, but plays a lot smoother than the Mac. :(

Ah well, hopefully Tiger will speed things up a bit.

The actual numbers in the framerate doesn't bother me at all; I just want the game to feel smooth no matter what's going on. I've tried running the game at its lowest settings at 800x600 and it's almost exactly the same, only it looks worse.

So my ideal hardware setup would be whatever specs are needed to keep the game playing smoothly at 1440x900, detail settings don't really matter. (although it would be nice if they could be turned up)
Have you tried a smaller resolution? I'm playing WoW on the Rev A you see in my sig and apart from auction house it runs fine.... :D
 

James Philp

macrumors 65816
Mar 5, 2005
1,494
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Oxford/London
Right now, the G5 Dual 2.5GHz with dual 30" Apple screens set up in the Apple Store in Regent street looks pretty sweet. (eeryting maxed out of course!)
Add in a wacom tablet (one of the 20" ones that's a screen aswell! (Look here)
A colour A1 Laser double-sided printer, killer scanner etc etc.
Think I'd shoehorn them in somehow!
Oh and a TV reciever, sky+ 1 Terabyte box with xbox that can be a/b'd on one of the 30" displays (hung on the wall) to act as a TV. 7.1 surround system (full size speakers) and killer amp & cd player, chuck in airport express, a 10Mbit connection, and a lovely big den/office to put them all in!

Now, where'd i put that spare 250 grand i had just a second ago?
 

Platform

macrumors 68030
Dec 30, 2004
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Hector said:
10THz 1024bit G42 23" solid diamond powerbook with 512TB ram and a 80EB HD :p
But I tought this was for the comming 3 years :p

Well here I go:

PowerMac G5
Dual core at 3Ghz, 4 CPU slot of the logicboard but one one comes as standard.......you buy more CPU's when you want/need.
Bule-Ray drive, but it has to handle CD's and DVD's as well.
2GB RAm but up to 64 GB so you can have 8GB per CPU core...DDR3 at 1000Mhz
X850 XT in some sort of Sli configuration with a Gig of RAM....DDR4 at 1500Mhz and PCIe
1TB or storage
Fiberoptic internet connection
Dual 30" Displays
Laser Mouse
B&W 801 speaker hooked up to the 500 watts amplifier in the PM
A4 size tablet from Wacom
A3 Laser color printer
Noise level at about 18dB ;)

And a price tag of 1499 dollars ;) :D
 
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