The 'secret ingredient' is the operating system.
But it is hard to advise you as you are looking for a second-hand older macPro rather than the new model which comes out next month, so we don't know what specifications the MacPro you buy will have.
But a bit of general 'homework' to assist you in making your choice:
Macs are cheaper to own that PCs: http://techpatio.com/2010/apple/mac/it-admins-total-cost-ownership-mac-less-pc
Why will you love Mac? http://www.apple.com/why-mac/
- Better Hardware http://www.apple.com/why-mac/better-hardware/
- Better software http://www.apple.com/why-mac/better-software/
- Better OS http://www.apple.com/why-mac/better-os/
- Better Support http://www.apple.com/why-mac/better-support/
- It's Compatible http://www.apple.com/why-mac/its-compatible/
Switching from Windows to Mac:
Thank you for your time and answer.
I will "digest" all the info you were so kind to help me with once I get home.
Just a few small aside notes:
1.I'm reluctant to those apple links.
Well, instead of
it could just as well look like
I'm more after personal user experiences than official commercials.
2. I'm on Windows 7 x64, core i5 760, nvidia gt 430, 4gb ram.
I know those desktops will come out in december, but I can't afford the prices.
I'm on a really tight budget - no more than 500 EU, so I'm trying to invest the money as best I can (not all, if possible).
After I read the info, I'll get back here.
Have a very pleasant day.
Of course, and so you should in order make a balanced judgement. You also need to look at the inevitable costs of replacing/updating your software applications if you change to a Mac.
If I was in your shoes I would stick with upgrading what you have, but I hope you end up with whatever works for you!
The Mac-mini for all but games.
The iMac - prices go from $1100 up to $3k
The cost of cross platform license for some apps
A new motherboard and processor + better graphic card(s) - and 4GB RAM is not cutting it today at all.
An SSD would help you get more out of your system if you are not already.
I find I get more done on Windows 8.1 than on Mac anymore. They both "just work" and Mac seems like fun at first but in the end, Windows is more flexible is many ways.
My Mac Pro is 7 yrs old and Apple is not supporting it with the last two operating systems but it is better now than it ever was.
Thank you guys for your help.
I will postpone my Mac acquisition for the time being.
Speaking of my Adobe software licence, I'm pretty sure I won't have to buy another version of it, since I know I can change my licence key (Windows) to a Mac one. Though I will have to worry about the rest.
Have a very pleasant day!