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Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Mac Pro - VS iMac


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I will be using CS3, After Effects, Final Cut and various animation software. I love my PowerBook G4, but I know I am going to have to upgrade to not spend hours rendering. I would like to spend 2500 or less and am not scared of installing Ram. (I upgraded my hard drive in my PowerBook myself....)

I can't decide between the Mac Pro or iMac. There are deals out there for refurbed 2.66 Pros and displays, but the 2.8 iMac with the 750G drive almost seems like a better bang for your buck unless you consider the upgrade capabilities of the Pro. Or do you suggest running programs off an external hard drive with the 350G iMac. I also am concerned about listed issues with the iMac's screen....

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Are you fully considering that the Mac Pro has four processor cores to the iMac's two? That makes a serious difference in AfterEffects or any 3D animation work.
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The pro 2.66 will be faster than an iMac 2.8 due to the extra cores. Also the Pro has a vastly larger max ram 32Gb (I know apple state 16Gb for the 2.66 but it isnt it IS 32Gb), better graphics card, 4 x hard drive bays and 2 optical drive bays plus a CHOICE of monitors. Its no contest !!!!

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