HELP: Need Mac upgrade advice

murrayhillmac

New Member
Hello LUG!
Glad to see this venerable forum is still going strong...

I have a Dual 2 GHz PowerPc G5 (I know!) with 1.5 GB RAM
Using Logic 7 (I know, I know...)
using Apogee Ensemble.

I want to upgrade to a Macpro and upgrade to Logic 9...
SO
1) what should I get: Imac, or Macpro tower?
2) is this the right time to buy a used Mac?
3) where is the best place for used Macs?
4) my budget ceiling is $1,900 US.

thanks for reading this, and I appreciate any advice you can give me!
 

Markdvc

Administrator
Staff member
A couple of things worth bearing in mind:

With a Mac Pro, you have PCIe slots and internal space for up to 4 HDs. As well as that, upgrading RAM (or adding or swapping HDs) is very straightforward.
You need an external monitor with a Mac Pro, but presumably you could use the monitor from your G5.
At present the Mac Pros start new at 2,499 USD - so you would be looking at getting a used model anyway.

The current iMacs are very fast, have a very good screen and are recent models, whereas even the current Mac Pros are around 18 months old. If you don't need the Mac Pro only features I mentioned, the iMac looks to be comparatively good value.

kind regards

Mark
 

Pete Thomas

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Staff member
The current iMacs are very fast, have a very good screen and are recent models, whereas even the current Mac Pros are around 18 months old. If you don't need the Mac Pro only features I mentioned, the iMac looks to be comparatively good value.
I was in the same boat, my old macro died and I had to get a new one, but after checking out the iMac I went for that.

The rumoured "new generation" of macros with Thunderbolt being just round the corner have been going on for months and months so I just got the iMac, bunged 16GB of ram and an SSD system drive plus 2GB drive as internal and I have a way better system than I had with the macpro, plus enough money saved for a holiday.
 

murrayhillmac

New Member
thank you Mark, for your reply!

The only thing keeping from getting a new Imac- it only has one Firewire (800) port. My Ensemble (400) would take that port, and I would have to chain them with my external hard drives. Just worried about bottleneck and/or interference with Logic performance...
I will have to study this further...
 

murrayhillmac

New Member
The current iMacs are very fast, have a very good screen and are recent models, whereas even the current Mac Pros are around 18 months old. If you don't need the Mac Pro only features I mentioned, the iMac looks to be comparatively good value.
The rumoured "new generation" of macros with Thunderbolt being just round the corner have been going on for months and months so I just got the iMac, bunged 16GB of ram and an SSD system drive plus 2GB drive as internal and I have a way better system than I had with the macpro, plus enough money saved for a holiday.
SSD system drive... so that's also what I should be looking out for?
Thank you Pete.
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
SSD system drive... so that's also what I should be looking out for?
Thank you Pete.
Works very well here.

You bring up a good point about 1 FW port, but ideally you'd use the thunderbolt for externals. Yes, a bit pricy right now, but still worth it compared with what you'd be paying for a current Macpro without Thunderbolt.


With the internal SSD on the iMac you can still also have an internal 2GB sata anyway

I'm not actually using any external thunderbolts, but I got a thunderbolt adaptor and plugged in an old Hewlett Packard 19" monitor and it just worked straight away as a second screen, lovely!
 
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