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    Question All you Mac users, Question?

    Since my 19 year old daughter has decided to become a composer (and hopefully take her dad off the hook ) She is used to a Mac and well, I have no experience with GPO and Overture with Macs unless it comes with fries.
    Actually, several questions - What should we look for in a system configuration (ya see how I have no clue!) Hard drive, ram, sound card and whatever?
    I am sure this will be on going so bare with me here (or there).
    For starters I think she has one of those plastic bubble type Macs. Is that exceptable or do we need to start from scratch?
    Styxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Styxx
    Since my 19 year old daughter has decided to become a composer (and hopefully take her dad off the hook ) She is used to a Mac and well, I have no experience with GPO and Overture with Macs unless it comes with fries.
    Actually, several questions - What should we look for in a system configuration (ya see how I have no clue!) Hard drive, ram, sound card and whatever?
    I am sure this will be on going so bare with me here (or there).
    For starters I think she has one of those plastic bubble type Macs. Is that exceptable or do we need to start from scratch?
    Firts of all: If your daughter is used to the Mac, do not try to put her on a PC....I really am not a kind of Mac Guru, but my first computer (1986) was a Mac, and despite many efforts I could never completely get along with a PC. So now what kinfd of Mac??? If she is in composing with GPO and Overture, I would suggest a new IMac, if possible one with a big monitor. This new small thing...is kind of to recent for me. There has allways been trouble with the newest machines from Apple. I did buy one of the first dual CPU's, it did never work properly and made a noise like a vacuum cleaner. IMHO I think that the IMac would be a good choice. But of course if you can, buy her a dual 2.5 Gh with 8Gb RAM, this is even better...

    Iwan

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    Hey Styxx,
    I agree with Iwan there - Getting a maxed out top of the line dual G5 is the best, but unless you have $7k handy, I'd get the fastest iMac G5 with maxed Ram (2 gigs I believe is the max possible on those).
    There is also the used route.
    Some people here have had decent performance out of dual G4 1.2 ghz - with 2 gigs of ram or more.

    Getting a used G4-based system will be less expensive - but you'll get better performace from a G5 equipped new iMac or Powermac than any older G4.

    high performance Macs are expensive - so be prepared to pony up the money from your bank account in Beefalo.
    Overture's (the one that came with GPO) version was kinda buggy for me. I use an iMac G4 1 ghz with 768 MB Ram) But I think that if I downloaded any updates for it I would be fine - I am looking into it. I use Finale. and for whatever reason, Finale's offerings for OS X have been TERRIBLY SLOW. If you are working with large scores fuhgetahboutit! So i may switch to see the other side (Sibelius or Overture - Overture SE first because it's free) They are both very spiffy in OS X in even the most demanding scores.

    A top of the line Powerbook would also do fine - as long as you maxed the Ram on it as well. This is not recommeneded since they have a max of 2 GB of ram and have slower hard drives.

    Hope this helps at ALL!

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    Re: All you Mac users, Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry W.
    Hey Styxx,

    Some people here have had decent performance out of dual G4 1.2 ghz - with 2 gigs of ram or more.

    Getting a used G4-based system will be less expensive - but you'll get better performace from a G5 equipped new iMac or Powermac than any older G4.
    Jerry
    Just one thing about dual G4's. I do have one (dual 1.25). I do not use it since I now have a new dual G5 2.5 which is a fantastic machine, but I would not sell my G4 to any friend of mine. This early dual machines gave lots of problems and are to noisy to be used by a musician. Just my own experience and the one of many collegues......
    Iwan

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    Re: All you Mac users, Question?

    I have used Finale since 3.X and I must say the speed thing doesn't bother me, because it will never be as slow as it was back then!

    The iMac G5 is your best bet, I agree. If you check http://www.powermax.com/ they sell used and they do trade-ins. I am getting the Power Mac dp 1.8 ghz. It is supposed to be pretty darned fast.
    Jess Hendricks
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    Re: All you Mac users, Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Styxx
    Since my 19 year old daughter has decided to become a composer (and hopefully take her dad off the hook ) She is used to a Mac and well, I have no experience with GPO and Overture with Macs unless it comes with fries.
    Actually, several questions - What should we look for in a system configuration (ya see how I have no clue!) Hard drive, ram, sound card and whatever?
    I am sure this will be on going so bare with me here (or there).
    For starters I think she has one of those plastic bubble type Macs. Is that exceptable or do we need to start from scratch?
    I think the G5 dual 1.8 ghz with 4 gb of ram, and a secondary Western digital 10,000 rpm sata drive, motu firewire 828 will give your daughter more Mac bang for your bucks.

    Rick

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    You're talking at least $700 for the Motu firewire 828 alone (which I would love to get my hands on for my own system). A G5 and all the trimings, hmmmm? Dad's going into hock!
    Styxx

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    Re: All you Mac users, Question?

    That may be a bit too much, but you can (I speak from experience) get the Power mac G5 Dual Processor 1.8 ghz, without a monitor, with 1.25 GB of memory for around $2400. And it is a very good system from what I hear. In a week or so I should know exactly how good it is because eventually mine will come. (I needed a different video card for 3d animation and they had to get it custom from Apple).
    Jess Hendricks
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    Wholly geezzz! I am reading up on the New Mac G5 dual and comparing prices and man, anyone need a kidney?
    Styxx

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    Re: All you Mac users, Question?

    Apple prices are not for the faint of heart, eh?

    Us Mac users can tell you that you will get your money's worth.
    Jess Hendricks
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