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    thecowgoddess's Avatar
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    Apr 19, 2008
    Powerbook G4, 1.5G, 10.5
    VS iMac
    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....

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you!

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    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    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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    cowasaki's Avatar
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    Aug 12, 2007
    Mac pro Quad Xeon; 15" Retina Macbook Pro; macbooks (family); Macbook pro 17"; intel & G4 iMacs.
    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 !!!!
    Experienced computer user, applications programmer and component level service engineer but came to the Apple platform with intro of intel!. Pro-photographer and director of electronics company.

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