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4303 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 24, 2010 12:49 PM by mhollis
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2010 3:57 AM (in response to MKell07)Define +reasonable price+ .
I can only compare a fairly well spec'd MP 3.1 (early '08) with a pimped out MBP 4.1 (2008, non-unibody).
It's a 2.8Ghz 8-core, 12 GB RAM, bunch of fast, raided HDDs (no SSD) vs. a 2.5 Ghz 2-core, 6GB RAM, new 320GB/7200RPM HDD .
In short, my MBP is a pig compared to the MP.
The specs of the MacPro you posted are very basic, you'll need RAM and some HDDs to get it up to speed, which could double what you pay for it.
If it doesn't, you pay too much .
If the apps you are using are multicore aware, as many rendering apps are, even with the MP 1.1 you might see a speed gain of up to 100% - which is pretty good, but you would still have a computer with virtually zero resale value, and limited upgrade options (GPUs in particular) ; it'd be a stopgap, not a long-term investment, in my opinion.Mac Pro 2.8 DP / MBP 2.5 Matte / iMac G5 20", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2010 4:54 AM (in response to MKell07)2006 Mac Pro 1,1 isn't really what I would buy now 4 yrs later.
Also consider the iMacs?Mac Pro 8800GT 10.6.4 /, Windows 7, Core i7 3.2GHz / GTX 260 / 10K VelociRaptors
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2010 12:49 PM (in response to The hatter)Apple's Quad-Core iMac is a whole lot of power for a small amount of money. http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB953LL/A?mco=MTM3NDc2NjA
If you're thinking about a Mac Pro, you aren't thinking about a laptop because laptops are (still in my opinion) special-purpose computers for those who must travel with a computer.
Lastly, you should be thinking mostly of what you are doing. If all you are doing is surfing the web and opening the occasional Microsoft Word or Excel file, a trailing-edge computer is just fine. But if you want a computer that will perform for you for a number of years to come, you should get something that is pretty much cutting edge or save your money until you can afford that.Mac Pro Cheese Grater with double the cheese, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 1.12