which mac for lightwave

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by homerjward, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    ok, i've never used lightwave before, but some of the classes i'm taking at school next year will heavily depend on it, so i'll need to use it at home. however, i've noticed from the system requirements that my 1.25ghz emac will get eaten alive by it! :eek: so i need to get a new mac. i'm still not sure how much money i'll have to spend on it, but it's going to have at least 1.5gb of ram i'm pretty sure, if y'all think that will suffice. the two machines i've been considering are a 20" iMac or a 15" powerbook with the vram upgrade. obviously the powerbook won't perform as well, and it has nowhere the screen real estate and will cost significantly more, but i'd really like the portability. would i miss the power? the screen size? i've also thought about a 17" pb but that'd probably cost too much. a powermac's pretty much out of the question as far as price unless i get a refurb. should i get a refurb? sorry about all the questions...just sort of worried about getting a sufficient mac. i'll probably be buying late july-early august. also, if you think i'd be better of with a pc, i guess i could possibly switch back...:eek:
    thanks in advance
  2. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    I have never used it but the it does recommend a G5 over a G4. Whether this is because it can utilize 64bit architecture I'm not sure with but I would think that would be the main reason why they would suggest a G5. But the newest Powerbooks have a 1.6ghz chip and I would think that that should be enough. Seeing that it is pretty much on par clock for clock with the G5.

    So if you really want the Powerbook and the portability that bad then get it. If you feel like you will most likely just use it at your desk anyway then I would say go with the extra power.

    Wow I really didn't answear your question at all but I at least hope I put in perspective. :p

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