Desktop for Programming

Joined
Jun 22, 2007
Messages
347
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac (27 inch, Late 2012), Processor: Core i5, Memory: 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 running MacOS Catalina
I'm kinda in two minds.
I'm in the middle of learning Objective-C.
Recently my Powermac G4 had an issue. Due to an electrical fluctuation, its mainboard got burnt up. So right now, I'm currently without a mac and forced to use my Sis's crappy IBM with Windows to check my mails, etc...

I need to get a new system and I now have two options.
PowerMac G5 with dual core G5 processor or Macbook w/ an Intel processor.

Any ideas which would be better in the long run??
 
Joined
Feb 25, 2009
Messages
2,112
Reaction score
71
Points
48
Your Mac's Specs
Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
Macbook w/ an Intel.

If you're going to want to develop apps, you'd be better off developing on the current platform since the PPC has already been EOL'd and with the release of 10.6, it's not even supported any more by the OS (the last OS you can use on the PPC is 10.5.8). I'm also not sure if the latest XCode is universal that will run on PPC or not...
 

vansmith

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
19,946
Reaction score
582
Points
113
Location
Queensland
Your Mac's Specs
Too many devices to list
+1 for the MacBook. There is little need (if any) to get a PPC system if an Intel system is well within your means. Is it only ObjC that you're working with?
 
OP
knightjp
Joined
Jun 22, 2007
Messages
347
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac (27 inch, Late 2012), Processor: Core i5, Memory: 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 running MacOS Catalina
+1 for the MacBook. There is little need (if any) to get a PPC system if an Intel system is well within your means. Is it only ObjC that you're working with?

I can only see one drawback with the macbook. It is only a 13" machine. Do you think that a screen that size is good for programming??
 
OP
knightjp
Joined
Jun 22, 2007
Messages
347
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac (27 inch, Late 2012), Processor: Core i5, Memory: 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 running MacOS Catalina
I forgot to mention. I'm only doing ObjC programming. It is kinda like the first major programming language I'm learning.
 
Joined
Feb 25, 2009
Messages
2,112
Reaction score
71
Points
48
Your Mac's Specs
Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
13" should be alright, the only time I could imagine a problem would be if you need enough screen real estate to run the debugger side by side with your app. If you really needed to, you could always get an adapter to use an external screen with your laptop while at a desk.

Another (cheaper, assuming you already have a usb keyboard/mouse and some sort of monitor laying around) option would be to get a Mac Mini which would also be more then enough for programming, especially if you don't need the portability.
 

Raz0rEdge

Well-known member
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
15,822
Reaction score
2,177
Points
113
Location
MA
Your Mac's Specs
2022 Mac Studio M1 Max, 2023 M2 MBA
Regardless of which specific Mac you choose, if you're looking for long term use, make sure it's Intel based..

Regards
 
OP
knightjp
Joined
Jun 22, 2007
Messages
347
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac (27 inch, Late 2012), Processor: Core i5, Memory: 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 running MacOS Catalina
OK... So all I need is an Intel Mac.

My options are Mac Mini, Macbook, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air.

Mac Mini I'm not too keen on. If I do go in for a desktop it will be either the Mac Pro or an iMac.

So that leaves me with the laptops. Which would be the best choice? My budget is about 1000 - 1200 USD. There are some good secondhand options here, but I need to decide what I'm looking for.
 
Joined
Dec 16, 2009
Messages
63
Reaction score
0
Points
6
Location
In the backwoods of WA
Your Mac's Specs
2011 MBP 15inch I7 2.3/250 Intel SSD/8 gigs RAM
if you already have a decent monitor (something with higher resolution) then get a second hand mac pro. on the other hand if you dont have a monitor then get an 24inch imac. i see them going for around 900-1200 depending on specs.
 
OP
knightjp
Joined
Jun 22, 2007
Messages
347
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac (27 inch, Late 2012), Processor: Core i5, Memory: 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 running MacOS Catalina
Unfortunately I stay in Dubai and a second hand MacPro is still goes way over my budget.
Will be on the look-out though.
 
OP
knightjp
Joined
Jun 22, 2007
Messages
347
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac (27 inch, Late 2012), Processor: Core i5, Memory: 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 running MacOS Catalina
I have an Apple CRT monitor which I got with my Powermac G4. Do you think it will fit into a MacPro graphics card?
 

Shop Amazon


Shop for your Apple, Mac, iPhone and other computer products on Amazon.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.
Top