It's come down to the possibility that i may need to get a mac to run logic for something i may be doing, and i know woefully little about them not having been the biggest proponent of macs...
So, i have a limited budget, would be working with logic 7 and do not need to be mobile.
What i have already:
- 2 dell 24" screens
- saffire pro 40 soundcard currently hooked up to my PC
- the Apple ADC to DVI converter cable
What i want to be able to do:
- keep the PC for recording my ownn stuff
- use the mac for this project
- not spend a lot of money
- use the screens i already have
- getting a secondary soundcard is a possibility, but would want one that can handle pro tools as well possibly
- is a G5 still viable? i cannot afford the mac pro's, unless second hand and cheap, but that looks like it won't happen
- can the macbook pros run 2 screens off them that have DVI ports?
- i know apple have stopped supporting non intel macs with the new OS's, how much difference will this make? Is it a death blow to getting a G5 that will make it redundant?
- how much would people here spend on a g5? i am looking at the desktops, not laptops, and don't want to spend too much.
- What spec should i be looking at?
G5's still work, I know people who use G4's to record on using Protools 8, so its not like they are useless, but its kind of like, I guess using a Pod 2.0 compared to an XT or an X3, they'll work, just not as well as the newer stuff.
Macbook Pro's can't natively as far as I'm aware, run 2 screens off them, however there are devices you can get which will facilitate that.
Thing is, the Mac Mini they do now, is probably more powerful and more suited to recording than the Powermac G5s, its that much of a difference now.
What's your budget for this?
Also, for Protools, obviously you dont have a lot of choice, M-Audio, Digidesign, and the latest Mackie works (although I dont think the one which does has been released yet).