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    Imac or Powermac? Help!
    Hello,

    I am looking to purchase a second hand/refurbished mac to run Final Cut on. I have looked into a few option but am unsure which would be best. I have been looking at imacs and Power macs but don't know which would run better/quicker.

    Here's two i've found.

    2005 APPLE MAC G5 QUAD 2.5 GHz 250 GB HARD DRIVE, 2 GB RAM

    2006 iMac 20", Intel Core Duo 2.16 GHz, 2 GB RAM , 250 GB HARD DRIVE

    Any ideas on what would be my best option?

    Many Thanks,

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    The Intel iMac is the better choice as it can run the latest operating system - Snow Leopard, and software. The G5 is a very good machine but it's limited to Leopard and only software which will run on a PPC machine.

    You can update the iMac memory to 4 GB yourself and later on even install a larger hard drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrknight13 View Post
    Hello,

    I am looking to purchase a second hand/refurbished mac to run Final Cut on. I have looked into a few option but am unsure which would be best. I have been looking at imacs and Power macs but don't know which would run better/quicker.
    What version of Final Cut you are going to be using? This may help with responses.

    - Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    What version of Final Cut you are going to be using? This may help with responses.

    - Nick
    Initially I'll be running just final cut express but will be looking for a machine that could handle Final Cut Studio in the future.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrknight13 View Post
    Initially I'll be running just final cut express but will be looking for a machine that could handle Final Cut Studio in the future.

    Thanks
    WHICH VERSION!!! Final Cut Express is currently on version 4.0!

    If we don't know which version you will be running...how can we know if the computer you're thinking of buying can run it?

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    WHICH VERSION!!! Final Cut Express is currently on version 4.0!

    If we don't know which version you will be running...how can we know if the computer you're thinking of buying can run it?

    - Nick
    Apologies, Final Cut 4.0 ideally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrknight13 View Post
    Apologies, Final Cut 4.0 ideally.
    Thanks for the info. As "chscag" mentioned...the Intel iMac would probably be the better choice for future needs.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Excellent advice, thanks guys.

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    Neither. Get an iMac that has a Core 2 Duo or better, NOT Core Duo.
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