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MacPro Upgrades

373 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 30, 2007 9:47 AM by Paul at Mosquito RSS
Luke1987 Calculating status...
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Apr 22, 2007 6:27 AM
OK, first time Mac buyer, I am thinking of getting the cheapest MacPro I can afford to run Final Cut Studio 2 which has specs of:

2.00GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
250GB Hard Drive
(£1,426.46 with higher education discount)

as opposed to an iMac with specs of:

20" Screen
2.33GHz Intel Core Duo
ATI Radeon X1600 with 256MB VRAM
(£1,520.46 with higher education discount)

First of all, do people think I am making the right choice here?

Secondly, what areas of that MacPro would I be able to upgrade as time goes on? i.e. can I upgrade processor speed, RAM, hard drive and graphics card as and when I need to once I have already brought the mentioned version?

Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
  • andy chastney Level 3 Level 3 (535 points)
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    Apr 22, 2007 7:23 AM (in response to Luke1987)
    to run FCS2 you are better off going with the mac pro, bearing in mind that it is not out yet so nobody knows any real world performances. also the mac pro is a quad processor, the imac is a real dual. more processors - more performance.

    personally, and at a guess, I would say get your ram from kingston not apple, and get more of it.
    get a couple of firewire 800 drives (around 40p per gig at the moment -Western Digital are good and cheap) to store your media on - never store media on your system drive! or add an internal sata or two for HD compatability.

    you will be able to upgrade ram, graphics and add internal drives as you wish, you will also have the functionality of more firewire ports(not buses)

    don't forget you need to add the cost of a monitor to the mac pro - dell 24 very good and reasonable.

    hope this helps with your quest
    mac pro 2,66, 4gig ram, quad 2.5ghz g5, 4.5 gig ram,, Mac OS X (10.4.8), G4 powerbook 1.67gHz, 2gig ram
  • Javicbr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 22, 2007 7:28 PM (in response to andy chastney)
    Yes go with MACPRO. I made the mistake of buying the IMAC then when I wanted to upgrade I couldn't because of the Imacs limitations. MACPRO ALL THE WAY!
    huh?, Mac OS X (10.4.7), none
  • Jerry Hofmann Level 9 Level 9 (53,940 points)
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    Apr 22, 2007 7:31 PM (in response to Luke1987)
    Buy the Mac Pro... it's expandable, and the iMac simply isn't.

    DP 2 Gig G5 DP 533 G4, 17" MPB C2D, Sound Sticks, 22,23 CD, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 4 gig fibre Huge Systems Arrays, Kona 2 ATTO cards 7 TB of storage
  • Thompsound Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 30, 2007 8:34 AM (in response to Jerry Hofmann)

    Hope someone can help with this almost related topic:

    I wish to upgrade to a MacPro or new MacBook.

    The hard drive on my PowerBook G4 packed up a while ago. After replacing the hard drive I was able to add the whole system to the new Powerbook hard drive from an external hard drive I'd backed the original system to.

    So, my question is does anyone know whether it is possible to transfer the whole system to a new MacBook or MacPro in the same way I was able to transfer my whole system in the way just outlined.

    I ask this in case there is an issue with the new Intel Processors when trying to do this.

    If anyone knows I'd be most grateful.


    15 Powerbook 1.5Ghz, Mac OS X (10.3.9), Lower memory slot not working.
  • Paul at Mosquito Calculating status...
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    May 30, 2007 9:47 AM (in response to Luke1987)

    if you are planning to use Motion in the 3d mode go for the Mac Pro, but put the ATI Radeon X1600 graphics card in it. It'll pop the price up a little, but I had to upgrade my card this week because the NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT just couldn't cope with Motion in 3d.
    several, Mac OS X (10.4.9)


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