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Confused on what Mac desktop to buy

by artchick / March 10, 2008 5:12 AM PDT

I am a Graphic designer and need a new computer. I currently have a G4 Power PC with version 10.3.9 installed and i tried to upgrade it again because i cannot afford a new computer. Doing some research I found out that i cannot upgrade to leopard or use the new CS3 programs as they are not compatible to 10.3.9 . I create Graphics for print ,web and 3D .What does someone recommend since Price is the issue . i was looking at the Apple Power Mac G5 - PPC G5 1.6 GHz ,Apple Power Mac G5 (1.8GHz, 256MB RAM, 80GB HDD),Apple Power Mac G5 - PPC G5 2 GHz,Apple Mac Pro Dual-Core Xeon 5150 2.66 GHz.

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Outside of that Xeon...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 6:07 AM PDT

The others look used and won't run the latest for the same reason. So that gives the Xeon as the only one to choose from.

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really
by artchick / March 10, 2008 6:46 AM PDT

so you dont think that i can buy a G5 and add leopard to it. The xeon is almost $2500. Do you recommend something else??What do you think i can get for $1500 or less that will be powerful enough for 10.4 or more and for the latest adobe software
Thanks.

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Did you check out the iMac?
by rob54w / March 10, 2008 8:03 AM PDT
In reply to: really

I was going to buy an iMac so I did plenty of research on it. It comes pre-installed with Leopard so that shouldn't be a problem. Every review I read on the iMac raved about its features and ease of use. If I were to buy any Mac at all it would be the iMac. What's your budget? The iMac is essentially a mainstream system unless you configure it with all top of the line components.

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1500 for an used iMac?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 8:17 AM PDT

Here that fetches me a very nice and new Intel based iMac. Can you share why you are looking at old machines?

Bob

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beacuse i have a budget
by artchick / March 10, 2008 11:15 AM PDT
In reply to: 1500 for an used iMac?

I called apple store and they told me that i should look at the Imacs or i can do leasing on the new 8 core workstation.

Not sure .

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I would be confused too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 12:18 PM PDT

The listing of those G5's is confusing. Those haven't been made for a very long time. The new intel iMacs are not 1500 and are very fast. Why not a nice fast machine?

Bob

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you are right
by artchick / March 11, 2008 9:19 AM PDT

I went to the Mac store today and the sales guy told me that i should base my decision on what i can afford . I decided i am going to get an Imac for now and then in a year or two when i have more $$ i will invest in the Mac Pro.I am going to research and see if i can sell my G4 and get something for it. Plus i just applied for a Mac Visa credit card and well see if i am approved. * All the advantages of a Visa

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thanks
by artchick / March 10, 2008 11:49 AM PDT

I know the imacs come with leopard. I have a new keyboard and monitor so i was looking for just for a tower. but that may be the way to go

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