Which would you buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thankins, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. thankins macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    High end user - using CAD and SoildWorks in Windows 7. Looking to replace a Dell Precision that is showing its age. Thought about just moving over to Mac since the machine will be used as a media server when not in use in Windows

    Would you get the an iMac with the following

    i7 Quad Core
    16 GBs RAM
    2 TB HD + 256 SSD
    6970M 2 GB GPU
    Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID Array

    Or would you look at getting a Mac Pro

    Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” processors
    16 GB RAM
    2 x 2 TB HDs
    1 ATI HD 5780
    2 Optical Drives

    Also will be attempting to play BF3 on it when time permits :p
  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I'm a Mac user so I'd favor the iMac. However there are some things to look out for. Apple has some proprietary interface to the HDD in the new iMacs so you could run into problems if you wanted to put in your own SSD some day. Since you mention a Thunderbolt RAID Array, perhaps you won't care about that so much. On the surface, two quad cores seems better than one i7, but part of what you are paying for with Apple gear is OS X, build quality, industrial design and best in class customer service. Only you can decide if those are "worth it" and whether now is the "time to switch".

    I can say that when I switched my only regret is that I didn't switch sooner.
  3. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    They are both Macs
  4. reedfox11 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    The Mac Pro would be better for what I need it for. What do you need yours for?
  5. thankins thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    I went with the 6 core MacPro with 16 GBs of RAM and the HD 5870 video card.

    Thanks guys - it will be here next week :)
  6. Rolvag macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2010
    Jealous, Have fun
  7. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    I don't need it for anything, but then I'm not asking the question.
  8. talmy, Nov 2, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011

    talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
  9. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    Grats :D

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