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Should I get a MacPro?

By OnTheRopes ·
I'm conflicted. I really want to get a MacPro on the one hand but on the other hand I've got to say that I don't <i>need</i> it.<br><br>
Anyone here who knows me or has listened to my Spotlight knows that I'm a computer hobbyist more than anything else. Definitely not an IT pro.<br><br>
Being a hobbyist I feel the urge now and again to upgrade my equipment even though it doesn't need upgrading. Right now I have a Pentium D 830 with 2 GB RAM, an ATI Radeon 850XT graphics card and approximately 1TB of HDD space and extenal storage space. <br><br>
What I want to do is record TV so I'll need a TV tuner card regardless of going with an Apple or staying with my current system. I also want to create small videos set to music for uploading to youtube. <br<br>
Pretending that money is no object for a minute I also want to get Photoshop CS4 to feed my graphics habit as well as buying the Macromedia Suite to give me something else to tinker with.<br><br>
I don't know if I've gone mad. :) <br><br>
I'd like a MacPro for the OS X. Something new. I'd likely buy Parallels to run Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition on the Mac just to have another OS to familiarize myself with too.<br><br>
Somebody talk me out of doing it. There are a LOT of other things I could spend the money on besides my computer and graphics hobbies but nothing else sounds really enticing. Keep in mind that I'll have a paid off mortgage and no monthly bills other than utilities so it's not like I'll be paying interest on anything. If I choose to buy something it'll be cash.<br><br>
Am I just letting my enjoyment of computers and graphics over-ride my good sense or is it something that I could get a lot of mileage out of? Whether or not I'll actually DO anything with it is a good question too. I like to think so but you never know. My natural tendency to laziness is a whole other topic. :0 <br><br>
I've been living on such a tight budget for so long I don't know if I can make a 'good' decision regarding computers if budget isn't an immediate concern. Comments of all kinds are welcome. Talk me out of it or talk me into it. I need help making the decision.

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My first thought

by Dumphrey In reply to Should I get a MacPro?

was TV tuners and recorders...
If you buy a Mac Pro, your options may be much more limited, and honestly, I have been through 4 in the last 5 years, and all but the oldest I found to be crappy in one way or another.
As for Macs in general, I'm a fan of their designs, but I really do not like the mac OS. I would put linux on a Mac Book personally. And since the Macs are all commodity HW now means I could spend less on equivilent HW to put linux on.
BUT, if you really are going to be running the Adobe software, it is much smoother and solid on the Mac platform. We have a single PC running CS3 here, and 4 Macs running CS3. The PC version has more "issues" (this is from the admittedly biased Pre-Press Operators).
<shrug>
Mac's aren't my thing, but I would not talk someone out of buying one (iPods are another story ).

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It's good to know that about Adobe software.

by OnTheRopes In reply to My first thought

I really do want Photshop and the Macomedia Suite. What's a computer without applications anyway? Any old box will do if all you want to do is broswe the Internet. I want to DO something. The GIMP works fine for me now but I want to step up a bit.<br><br>
One other plus for getting a Mac is that I can supposedly run any version of Linux on it too, as well as any version of Windows. I forget what the applications are for doing all of that. Been awhile since I was looking at Macs but I remember that there were a lot of things I liked about them. If I get one I think I'll get the extended AppleCare too. (I think that's what they call it.)<br><br>
Before I buy, over a month from now if I do go for it, I'll be able to recite from memory all of the specifications and what tuner cards are compatible and what's not. <br><br>
Thanks Dumphrey.

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I'm not going to talk you out of it

by Tig2 In reply to Should I get a MacPro?

I have had my MacBook Pro for a year now and have yet to regret the decision to buy it. I find that consistently it is more reliable than the SOs HP running Windows XP. I purchased a copy of XP back when you could still do that but have found that I don't really need it. I have my old reliable Dell on my office desk as well and find that I am happier just working between the two when I want to do something in Windows world.

From a graphics perspective, I think that the Mac should be the tool of choice.

Finally, I don't spend nearly the time babysitting my Mac as I do with Windows systems. I consider that a bonus.

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Tig, you know me better than anyone here.

by OnTheRopes In reply to I'm not going to talk you ...

You have to know that I'm fighting the idea of spending money on myself. I look at how much fun I've had with this computer and our network and I just can't help but think that I'll have an even better time with a MacPro. It was you in the first place, thru your postings here at TR, that caused me to look at Apple products. I like what I see. <br><br>
I also know that this <i>could</i> be a good time to buy a few stocks. I have a lot of research to do there too. I know I'm going to look at the stocks Max spoke of in another post.<br><br>
My whole question boils down to how much money is a hobby and fun with it really worth? Shoot, I know people at my income level who have cameras that cost more than what I'm thinking of spending. That reminds me, I want to get a better camera too. :0 It'll be sub $400.00. I've already looked that up but don't have the info at my fingertips.<br><br>
I want to make a logical decision and not one driven by passion. Sometimes that's tough to do. :) <br>

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Well you talked me out of talking you out of it.

by LarryD4 In reply to Should I get a MacPro?

It seems like you've made the choice, If money is not an issue why not?

We all have our toys and we all have our needs.

My wife freaked when I built my gaming PC 2 years ago and had to have two BFG 7900 GTX OC cards.

Now I have to tell her I want the new Alienware with the 3 cards!

Muhahahahah!

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I've looked at going with Alienware or building my own too.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Well you talked me out of ...

It does seem like I've made up my mind already doesn't it. I'll probably know better after I take a trip to my Apple store. I'm going next week. Taking my OH too. If it was closer I'd go right now except for the fact that my OH is in Toledo with a woman who's buying a tarantula for her kid. Had to say that because it's just not every day that that happens.

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"Pretending that money is no object..."

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Should I get a MacPro?

While I'm at it, can I pretend half a dozen Hooters girls with IT degrees from MIT are going to come over and 'hook up the hardware', if you know what I mean?

"Am I just letting my enjoyment of computers and graphics over-ride my good sense..."

Yes. Dude, you're talking some serious coinage. Why not take it a piece at a time? Start with the TV card, then add CS$ or Mm Suite, depending on which one you want to play with more. If you decide to get the Mac, you can still run those apps virtually if necessary.

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Good points.

by OnTheRopes In reply to "Pretending that money is ...

I understand that CS4 will only tun on Vista 64-bit which I don't have. I've run the Vista configurator tool and the only thing not compatible is my onboard sound, easily cured with a compatible sound card.<br><br>
I do have a drive that I could use to install Vista Ultimate 64-bit. I can look to see which video tuner cards will work with my current set-up and a MacPro should I devide to upgrade my system. I think I'd rather get Photoshop for OS X though instead of running it on Vista on a Mac.<br><br>
Money is always an object if I'm being sensible. That's what I'm trying to do is be sensible. I'll have to think long and hard before I spend that kind of coinage. I do value your input and that of my other peers. It's a BIG decision for me. That's why I started this discussion. I need cooler heads like yours giving me other options. <br><br>
One thing I have to do, probably next week, is to visit my closest Apple store about 45 miles away. I might just say "oh **** no" once I get my hands on one.

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What the h3ll

by Ben "Iron" Damper In reply to Should I get a MacPro?

You only live once and you've stated you have the $$ for it so GO FOR IT!

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:^0 You have no idea how much that speaks to my inner being. :^0

by OnTheRopes In reply to What the h3ll

My wife is even all of the way on board with the idea. B-) <br>

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