My next computer?
I am currently running on a MacBook Pro, the first generation. I have enjoyed it, and it has been a great machine. Recently however; I have been relying more heavily on my Windows VM, and there lies the problem. My MBP has a maximum of 2GB RAM, and between OS X and XP or Vista that just is not even close enough. Plus I would really like to run more than one VM — one for my main office stuff, one for just web browsing and testing, and a Linux VM (probably Ubuntu). Given the resources…..maybe I will run more!
So I have been waiting for MacWorld to see what Steve Jobs has in store for me. I need to carry a laptop, so it would be great to see some cool new things to come for the MBP. A 17″ LED backlit screen with 8GB RAM, quad core processor, Blu-Ray drive, built in finger print reader with hardware drive encryption. Not too much to ask right? 😉
Well you can see that I won’t be getting the MBP that I want, so I figure there are two options: either get the latest and greatest MBP and make the most of it or maybe I should look at keeping my current MBP for when I am mobile, but get myself a kick ass desktop. Ironically enough Apple just released their new MacPro….and oh what a beauty! So if I were to spec this thing out and buy it, what would I want (while trying to keep price in mind)?
Dual 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors (8-cores)
8GB of 800MHz DDR2 Memory (upgradeable to 32GB)
RAID5 with 3 – 300GB 15k-rpm SAS drives
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB (Two dual-link DVI)
Two 16x SuperDrives (No Blu-Ray unfortunately)
Airport Extreme WiFi Card
Retail: Around $7200
YIKES! I better find a way to cut that price down. Decisions, Decisions……..
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