New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

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

Thinking of buying a power mac.


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
mr..nemo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Im starting a graphic design degree, and im thinking of definitely getting a powerbook and possibly inversing in a power mac, although would a imac be just as good? i want it to last over my course period and into when i start working.

i like the powermac dual 1.8, but my question is (is 1.8gb the total processor speed, or is it 1.8 x 2, makeing 3.6 the total??)

also i usually batter the **** out of my computers and they only tend to last about 3years, would a mac last longer?

hard drives. it seams every hard drive i fill up, eventually it becomes slow, event when i delete most things from the hard drive, is the common, do they just wear out? or is it a matter of needing more RAM?

the powermac is a little out of my budget but i think i could stretch if i knew it was going to last and was convinced it would be a better machine than what im using at the mo.

any comments appreciated .
QUOTE Thanks
rman

 
rman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 24, 2002
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 12,591
rman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud ofrman has much to be proud of
Mac Specs: 2 x 3.0GHz Quad-Core, 6GB OS X 10.6.8 | 15in MacBook Pro 2.2GHz OS X 10.6.8 | 64GB iPad 2 WiFi

rman is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr..nemo
Is 1.8gb the total processor speed, or is it 1.8 x 2, makeing 3.6 the total??
The speed of the processor would be 1.8GHz

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!
QUOTE Thanks
Mr Bobbins

 
Mr Bobbins's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 29, 2005
Location: Legoland
Posts: 790
Mr Bobbins has a spectacular aura about

Mr Bobbins is offline
One thing to keep in mind is if you buy any Mac that it will be a good idea to upgrade the ram straight away. Be a good idea to just add this to the overall price becuase even the powermacs need a ram upgrade, the ram that you get with them just isn't enough.

I've always used iMacs for the Graphic Design work that I do, whatever computer you buy you will be needing to upgrade it sooner or later, the technology is just moving so fast. I've always liked the iMac designs and the price however when I'm rendering 3D images I wish I had a dual 2.5gig G5 powermac with a few gigs of ram as it takes a while, but does get the job done in the end.
QUOTE Thanks
James

 
James's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 26, 2004
Location: Pocola, Oklahoma
Posts: 808
James is a jewel in the roughJames is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Mac Pro 2.66 - 4 Gig Ram, iMac G5 2 Gig ram 20"

James is offline
I would recomend the PowerMac G5 dual 1.8. A whole lot of bang for the buck. Upgrade the ram to 1 gig to start with and more later as your need for it increases. It is very upgradeable in the ram area, in the video area, and in the hard drive area. You could add a second 200 gig to it real easy to keep your data on. As long as you don't go jumping up and down or kicking it, the PM 1.8 dulie will go well into the future with you.

Don't think of it as "streaching the budget" think of it as investing in the proper tools for the future. Still costs you as much, but you feel better about it...(G)
QUOTE Thanks
Wapa18
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Quote:
Originally Posted by rman
The speed of the processor would be 1.8GHz
right, but it's 2 separate 1.8ghz processors, so technically it would be like 3.6ghz total for the whole machine.
QUOTE Thanks
mr..nemo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wapa18
right, but it's 2 separate 1.8ghz processors, so technically it would be like 3.6ghz total for the whole machine.
Yeah thats what i was thinking, or hopeing, but im no expert.

i like the 20" monitor or the powermac most because i also use my computer as my tv in my room.

will i regret just going for the cheaper option on going down pcworld and purchasing a computer for £1000 and loading it up with the same ram. **** if i even stick the X operating system onto it, i will have myself a mac for half the price? but less style.

any agreements or disagreements?
QUOTE Thanks
James

 
James's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 26, 2004
Location: Pocola, Oklahoma
Posts: 808
James is a jewel in the roughJames is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Mac Pro 2.66 - 4 Gig Ram, iMac G5 2 Gig ram 20"

James is offline
"will i regret just going for the cheaper option on going down pcworld and purchasing a computer for £1000 and loading it up with the same ram. **** if i even stick the X operating system onto it, i will have myself a mac for half the price? but less style."

Sorry sticking the x operating system into a pc doesn't give you a cheap mac, they are different.
QUOTE Thanks
mr..nemo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Quote:
Originally Posted by James
"will i regret just going for the cheaper option on going down pcworld and purchasing a computer for £1000 and loading it up with the same ram. **** if i even stick the X operating system onto it, i will have myself a mac for half the price? but less style."

Sorry sticking the x operating system into a pc doesn't give you a cheap mac, they are different.
im no expert thats why i was wondering if someone could shead some light why there different
QUOTE Thanks
flyingpostman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wapa18
right, but it's 2 separate 1.8ghz processors, so technically it would be like 3.6ghz total for the whole machine.
I'm no expert but I don't think thats how it works. I'm certain that software has to specifically written to take advantage of the dual processors. Photoshop etc, takes advantage of this. I don't think its going to help you play games, etc. For example Doom3 doesn't from what i've read and it isn't going to render web pages faster or make the OS
"feel" faster. I don't know why apple simply doesn't release a single 2.5ghz machine for the same price as a dual 1.8. This would be more beneficial to the pro-consumer market.
QUOTE Thanks
James

 
James's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 26, 2004
Location: Pocola, Oklahoma
Posts: 808
James is a jewel in the roughJames is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Mac Pro 2.66 - 4 Gig Ram, iMac G5 2 Gig ram 20"

James is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr..nemo
im no expert thats why i was wondering if someone could shead some light why there different
I'm no expert either and will leave the explanation to someone who is. Hey Dennis tell this guy how the pc and the mac differ and why it wouldn't work..
QUOTE Thanks
MickMAC
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Right! the dual 1.8 is NOT a machine running at 3.6ghz it is a machine running at 1.8 that had double the processing power for the programs that are written for it ie. Photoshop. a single 2.5 wold be faster then a dual 1.8 at regular system tasks, coping files opening programs etc.
QUOTE Thanks
mr..nemo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

which would be a better buy for a graphic design student?
QUOTE Thanks
Echo_
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

you cant just add them to make 1.8ghz

its just 2 1.8 ghz proc
QUOTE Thanks
James

 
James's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 26, 2004
Location: Pocola, Oklahoma
Posts: 808
James is a jewel in the roughJames is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Mac Pro 2.66 - 4 Gig Ram, iMac G5 2 Gig ram 20"

James is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr..nemo
which would be a better buy for a graphic design student?
Depends on how serious you want to be with it. If your going to do top of the line stuff, then use the top of the line equipment. IF your not that serious about it, then one of the lesser systems will do. For light to medium duty either an iMac G5 or a single 1.8 PM will do the job, from medium to heavy a dual PM G5 1.8 will be the right choice, if your gona do some heavy duty stuff and put out the next Starwars then go for the biggie, the Dual 2.5.

Mac Pro Intel 2.66 - 4 Gigs Ram - 10.6.1 - 30" Apple Monitor
iMac 24" 2 gigs ram - MacBook Pro
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Did you open your mac mini? Did you scratch is up a bit? | PowerMac G4 Questions »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Mac Songs The mac 13 Switcher Hangout 7 05-06-2010 12:35 AM
Dilemma: Mini or Power Mac G5? djmitch Apple Desktops 16 03-28-2005 09:07 PM
buying first MAC ADVICE PLEASE iRock Switcher Hangout 4 02-09-2005 01:15 PM
PC Magazine reviews dual 2GHz Power Mac G5 Murlyn Apple Desktops 3 09-19-2003 09:11 PM
Mac Users Get More ISP Choices schweb Apple Rumors and Reports 1 03-06-2003 10:57 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?