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"New Mac" considerations

Discussion in 'DAW's, Computers & Software' started by ouzo77, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Nuremberg, Germany
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    after 5 years I will eventually replace my Macbook Pro 2,2 GHz.

    I'm considering following models:

    - iMac 27" 3,4 GHz i7 (with Belkin Thunderbolt Hub for external drives and peripherals) - 2.100 Euros + 200 -300 for the hub

    - Mac Pro 3,2 Quad Core Xeon - 2.600 Euros + a second monitor (150 Euros)

    - wait for the new iMac coming sometime between september 2012 and mid 2013 (I'm very impatient...) - ???

    - I could have a used Mac Pro (almost 2 years old) for 2.000 Euros:
    Mac Pro 3,33GHz 6 Core Westmere EP ( Model 5.1 )
    12GB RAM
    2 graphics cards: NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 and AMD Radeon 6870 1024MB
    1x 2.0 TB HD
    e-Sata PCI-e controller card

    I'm working with Logic 9, a Focusrite Saffire 24 Pro DSP firewire interface.
    My projects tend to get quite big (60+ audio and virtual instrument tracks) with many buses and plugins and I want the new one to last another 4-5 years.

    My budget is around 2.000 - 2.500 Euros (the new Mac Pro is around 2.600 which is also okay)
    What would you recommend for best performance, expandability and longevity?


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