I’ve been thinking about upgrading my main computer for a while now, figuring I’d put it off until 2004 just because… and when a few days ago I realized that my desktop system, an Apple Mac 450Mhz G4, was older than my 3 1/2yo son, I realized that the time had come. So I spent some time exploring and settled on a dual 1.8Ghz G5 tower system as a suitable upgrade. Sort of like going from a worn Yugo to a Ferarri.
As a faculty member of the University of Colorado, Boulder, I have access to academic pricing, which is a hit-or-miss thing. I found out that pricing is pretty standardized on Apple hardware, so I went to the Educational area of the Apple store and priced the system out at $2295. Plus tax. Plus shipping.
That didn’t seem like a great bargain, so I ….
…Called around and talked with the sales folks at a variety of different Macintosh outlets, and finally settled on MacZone. With a little wheeling and dealing, they sold me the dual G5 system for $2495, no tax, no shipping and the threw in a free 1GB RAM upgrade too. Sweet!
And today I wasted about four hours getting it up, on my network, hooked into my dual monitor setup, and ready to fly. And, oh boy, is it ever faster than my old computer. I forgot what it’s like to have a snappy response, and I can most see it when I’m working with my digital photographs that are typically 1-3MB per file. On the old system it would take 10-30 seconds to decompress the images each time they were opened, and now it’s not even long enough to put up a dialog box to tell me something’s hapenning.
I like it!