iMac or Mac Pro for new purchase?

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  1. Aarich

    Aarich New Member

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    I currently have an 867 G4 Quicksilver. I've had it since they were first released so it's starting to show its age now. I would like to do some gaming but I dont do a whole lot. I have a ds and wii for most of my gaming needs.

    I'm looking at the 24" iMac or a tower with a 20" screen. The price difference is big enough that I'm very tempted to go with the iMac. However I love the expandability of the tower and the ability to upgrade it. I know I dont need the power of a tower but I plan on keeping the system for a long time and I think the tower would be better for that. However if I get the iMac I would probably just upgrade sooner. Any suggestions?
     
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    I had a similar choice to make, I went with a Pro because I wanted RAID and dual identical screens, and as such paid a hefty overhead for those features when the power of an iMac was more than enough. I don't regret spending the extra as I want the best computing experience for my needs, but it's really something that you should spend some time considering what's going to offer you the best experience. I know alot of people who buy computers with the intention of upgrading at some point yet never do and always end up just buying a new machine, but if you definatly know you will add to the Pro then maybe it's the better option.
     
  3. Aarich

    Aarich New Member

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    Yeah I know what you are saying. I'm probably going to head out to an apple store next week to check out the imac. I haven't been to an apple store in a while, do they have any games on those things that I can try out?
     
  4. Aarich

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    I was planning on purchasing the 20" Apple Cinema Display if i go with the Mac Pro.
     
  5. canIscream

    canIscream Dog Crew is Best Crew

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    the iMac is alright, but if you have the bucks, go with the mac pro. more room to upgrade and if you want to game, you have a better platform. with iMacs, what you see is what you get for the most part.

    i don't really like desktops so if i were you, i'd get a MBP. plus you'll look so much cooler at starbucks.
     
  6. Aarich

    Aarich New Member

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    I went to an Apple store today and played around. The 24" iMac is amazing. It's huge. I always messed around with a mac pro with a 20" display and that was really nice too. I'm using a 15" display now so either is a big upgrade but I was drooling over the 24".

    I don't know if my visit to the Apple store made my decision any easier. I still like being able to upgrade the Pro. I just don't know if I need all that. I can easily use the extra screen space I get from the 24" iMac though.
     
  7. Yardsale

    Yardsale OT Supporter

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    Massive price difference. If you're not doing video editing or something similarly taxing, I'd save your money and go iMac. I doubt you'll miss much.
     
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    violator New Member

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    i went through the same dilemma and chose the iMac
     
  9. Yardsale

    Yardsale OT Supporter

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    I am getting a mac pro when I get the money and when the 8 cores come out. This will be whenever I get a film financed, and get to the post production process :x:
     
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    No octo-core no care
     
  11. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    I'd do:

    24" iMac
    2.33 ghz
    3 gb ram
    750 gb hdd (get a lot bigger HD than you think youll need, file sizes are getting huge, especially with HD video)
    256 mb graphics card (definitely)

    $3500. :run:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    i would tend to agree with the imac because it's such a great deal, however i've got a friend who has the 24" iMac and has taken it back 3 times now to get new machines because if hardware issues. if you can afford the mac pro, DO IT! but otherwise, APP is your bestfriend
     

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