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    New mac daddy
    Hey

    Just bought a Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon with 6GB... sorry, I had to type that in as I still cant believe I'm getting one
    Not getting it until Tues grrrr. So I am doing as much reading as I can.

    Main use will be music production. So next purchase will be Logic Studio woo hoo!
    I work in IT (Windows) so I have a good understanding of things. A couple of unix boxes in our workplace that I have to do "very rare" tasks, so I am not worried about my new mac journey.


    First of many questions. Have been looking at the wireless mice\keyboards. Are they any good? They just seem pretty expensive.
    As I explained, I am recording guitars etc so I have a load of cables as it is, so 2 less cables would be a plus for me.

    Cheers guys and gals

    V

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    I've had good experience with them. I must say, I'm envious. The Mac Pro is um... a bit overkill for recording guitars and stuff. Really, the 13 inch macbook can handle most of that. You'll be able to handle like, 10000 simultaneous tracks lol.

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    Congrats on your Mac Pro purchase. The Mac Pros are great computers...and with it being an 8-core machine...it will probably be able to do just about anything you throw at it!!!

    By the way...what video card are you getting with it?

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    Its just got the standard NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, it is a refurb so I had no choice in the matter.
    Not using it for games as I still have my pc with a 8800 GTX for games.
    Im planning to do all music/video projects and general stuff on my mac from now on and only pop back to Windows for a spot of Dirt 2.
    Is the GT 120 any good for what I will be using it for? Or should I look at a possible upgrade.

    Cheers

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    The GT 120? For music? lol. Well, it has 32 cores at 1.4GHz each... with OpenCL that's sweet, especially adding your 8 cores of CPU processors at 2.26GHz each... um. Yea, it'll be good for what you're using it for. And probably for some gaming too.

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    Lol. I know it will be fine for music, I was thinking more on video editing side. As I say I have my pc for games.

    Btw, I still need to tell my girlfriend about this recent purchase doh!

    When she asks the question "what is that!!"
    I have so far compiled the the following replies

    1) I dunno, thought it was yours
    2) Oh, its an external hard drive for our photos
    3) Well... you know that holiday we were planning.
    4) Duck

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaiman View Post

    Btw, I still need to tell my girlfriend about this recent purchase doh!
    Come on dude...she's your girlfriend not your wife...yet!

    It definitely sounds like a nice computer...and since it was refurbished you probably got a good deal on it as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaiman View Post
    Lol. I know it will be fine for music, I was thinking more on video editing side. As I say I have my pc for games.

    Btw, I still need to tell my girlfriend about this recent purchase doh!

    When she asks the question "what is that!!"
    I have so far compiled the the following replies

    1) I dunno, thought it was yours
    2) Oh, its an external hard drive for our photos
    3) Well... you know that holiday we were planning.
    4) Duck
    HAH! MY fiancee knew I was buying my macbook, but I understand the need to hide big purchases. She's a freak about money, and complains if I buy an energy drink or something and ashe sees the can.

    For video editing it will be MORE than enough... as for your compiled answers, good stuff. I may add...

    5) You can see that? It's so fast your eyes shouldn't be able to detect it.
    6) Sorry, love... I guess I'll be stuck with the same crappy car for a while longer...
    7) Oh... you know, I was going to get this really nice ring... but then the guys at the Apple store found me, and...
    8) It's so I can make a professional quality video of our wedding!

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    First of many questions. Have been looking at the wireless mice\keyboards. Are they any good? They just seem pretty expensive.
    As I explained, I am recording guitars etc so I have a load of cables as it is, so 2 less cables would be a plus for me.
    Both of the Apple products are poor ergonomically: if you do a lot of keyboard work (I produce lots of text - your use for music may be different) you'll find that the Apple keyboard is very poor from this point of view. I use a Msoft ergonomic keyboard, which is cheap, and which works fine with the Mac. Similarly, the Apple mouse is a pain in the neck because its buttons are wrapped into a design that looks pretty but which, in my experience, cause all kinds of problems with the cursor skidding all over the screen, the Dashboard popping up when I don't need it and so on. So I use the Logitech mouse I used with the PC - it does fine.

    Good luck with the new Mac!

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    It all comes down to preference. I don't mind a normal keyboard, you know... flat... with keys on it... QWERTY set up... some people like those weird freakin' wave keyboards that are split into two keyboard sides... f those.

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    Cheers for the info guys.
    I will probably stick with the standard mouse keyboard for a while, the most text I do is on forums so I guess it will be good for now.

    And lmao at
    8) It's so I can make a professional quality video of our wedding!

    Very good

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    New mac daddy

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    Hey all

    Well I have been lost for days playing with this beauty, I love it!
    I keep waiting for it to crash or display random error messages, but it keeps ticking along and simply working. I spend way too much time with Windows.
    I enjoy working on projects now, my music workflow is a pleasure.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks to everyone on this forum, as you have provided me with loads of info/help within the different threads.
    Its very nice to see so many people help others for no personal gain.

    ta ta for now

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    I hope you are enjoying your Mac experience... and I must say again... super jealous. When I am a PhD of Musicology and teaching somewhere, then I'll get my own mac pro... and it'll probably have like, 8 processors with 32 cores each. So, hah! But until then... wah Me want!

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