iMac G5 or PowerMac G5?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Matthew M., Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Matthew M.

    Matthew M. Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    While this might seem like a no-brainer type of question, I wish it were that simple.

    Basically, I am someone who has been a PC boy for the past 6 years and am planning to make the jump to Mac very soon.

    However, I am on a tight budget constraint and I'm just not sure that my budget can permit me to buy a PowerMac G5, despite how appealing and powerful they are. Basically, I will be running Cubase SX 2.0 and also have an M-Audiophile 2496 soundcard. Cubase system requirements:

    System requirements: Minimum System Requirements Cubase SX 2.0.1

    MAC: G4/867 MHz (dual G4/1.25 GHz recommended); 384 MB RAM (512 MB recommended); Mac OS X 10.2.5

    The goal is to basically write, record and produce music using just my keyboard and VST's, along with Cubase. I am planning to use an M-Audio ES 88 MIDI Controller and hope to use that with VST's, plugins (namely Korg Digital Legacy) and to record music and basically be a one man band. Do that, burn it to disc, etc.

    I guess my question is that, if I bought an iMac G5, 1.9 GHZ, 17 inch screen, and a 512 RAM, which I'd then upgrade to about 1 GB, would this be enough power to get the job done? Or is that just too much (or not enough?) for the iMac? If so, would I be regretting this purchase down the road? Your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. Spy

    Spy Guest


    Greetings Matthew,

    Whilst I'm not a Mac user myself, I have friends who are and, so I'm told, Cubase & Mac isn't a great combination.

    Apparently, the latest (3.1.1) version of SX is much, much better with the latest G5's than previous combinations, but the general consensus is if you're going with Cubase (or Nuendo) then go for PC.

    I reiterate, I am not a Mac user so you can take or leave what I have said.

  3. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    get a real g5

    cubase uses more cpu for the same plugs than logic/protools.... aty least it did when i used sx2....

    and the korh legacy series can eat any cpu for lunch.....

    otherwise the imac is a fine place to start for a pc guy....
  4. mr_sixty_six

    mr_sixty_six Active Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    Cubase SX and MAC

    Cubase IS TERRIBLE on mac, absolutley nothing like it's PC counterpart I've tried using it for VST stuff over and over and all it seems to be good for is confusing me and having horrible MIDI problems. (DUAL 867 G4 Powermac) But the good news is Pro Tools M powered is avalible for your M-Audio card if you ever thought about switching to that. And I think Apple Logic might support it as well. M-Powered or Logic and an IMAC G5 would be a great combination. I've seen PT LE run at stunning speeds on an IMAC w/ Waves Plugs all over the place. And Logic is rock sold on my G4 so I'm sure the IMAC G5 could handle that. But then again if you don't like that option I would say stick to a PC, Cubase just needs to discontinue SX on mac it's really that bad.

  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    iMac's don't have any pci slots. So you'd be SOL with the audiophile anyway, unless it's usb.
  6. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    it's not.... but if one can afford a new mac a new soundcard won't be the problem...

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