I was wondering what everyone thought about these two options. I am not sure what I should go for. I am looking to upgrade and I am looking for a machine that will last me 5 years plus.
I currently have a 2007 PC with a Core2Duo 1.8ghz, 2gb ram and onboard intel graphics. I have prolonged the life of this machine by upgrading to an SSD. Connected up to an Acer 23" monitor. Running Lion in hackintosh form. It runs mostly okay.
I will be asking a little more of the new machine though. I want to get into Logic Pro and music production as I am a keen guitar enthusiast and I want to get into producing and making music as well as midi keyboards, home recording etc. My current machine does not run Logic Pro and doesn't work very well with most music applications I have tried.
I also do graphic design and web design work and I am planning on doing a huge amount more of this in the future. My current PC doesn't preform too bad at this, although it is far from ideal either. Iw ork with big files sometimes and it does slow to a crawl.
This will be both a work computer for the music and design stuff as well as a home use computer for viewing media, browsing, email etc.
I was looking at the iMac 27", upgraded to an i7 CPU and either a fusion drive or SSD. If i went with the SSD how much faster is it than the fusion drive? And could I possibly use the 2tb network hard drive I already have to run my Sonos system for media via the ac wireless, would this be fast enough to load media from? Or is the fusion drive a good enough and worthwhile system?
I have also been tempted by a Mac Pro but then I saw the benchmarks and saw it actually runs Photoshop slower than a spec'ed up iMac I was a little disappointed, I would assume this would change as applications are optimised to work more with the GPU, although the GPU in the iMac is not bad either so it might also benefit from optimised applications just not as much? It seems also positive that the Mac Pro looks much more upgradable than anybody thought, including internally and the Mac pro has the benefit of Thunderbolt 2 vs Thunderbolt 1 on the iMac.
The Mac Pro is certainly a great machine, but is it worth the cost considering a decent screen would be extra when the benchmarks are showing it as being currently slower in at least one of my main uses of the machine, would the iMac 27" be futureproof enough? Will it be a fast machine? or should I go for the killer Mac Pro hmmm...