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Thread: 'lil bit 'o photoshop work

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    Im thinking of picking up a 7200, just to do a little photoshop work. As it stands, the setup i would probably have would be :
    1)A voodoo 3
    2)the standard 90mhz 601 (im poor, gotta save up for that g3 upgrade)
    3)10 or so gig hard drive
    3)the infinite wisdom of Mactacular as a shinning light in the distance

    Any suggestions? Think ill even get off of the ground?
    Keep in mind im a PC user who knows aaall too well of Mac supremacy, and this is how im gunna make the jump. Feel free to dazzle me with computer terminology,though, ive learned my share with my Hewlett Crappard

    Peace out
    TonyTasty
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    Ummm....I would steer away from the 7200. I hate the idea of the processor soldered on the board and the only upgrade path being the vanishing L2 boards. See if you can't find a 75/76/7300 for a little more. And a Voodoo3 seems an odd choice for Photoshop. But on a budget, it'll work fine.

    Figure in the cost of the machine plus your upgrades, then look around for a comparable machine already setup. Maybe even a beige G3 desktop. They have been known to go for reasonable rates, and you can benefit from BOTH IDE and SCSI on the motherboard. I just got a Desktop version and I absolutely love the thing.

    Oh, and don't forget the dirt cheap prices of RAM for the newer machines. Especially compared to the older Macs (all the machines with a 4-digit model).

    [This message has been edited by Dogstarman (edited 23 April 2001).]

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    Hey, thanks
    just looking around now anyway, we'll see what presents itself later on. im looking to try to build it up myself though,if only to get a little experiance. it'll probably end up costing me more than it has to, but its worth it.
    and i was under the impression that the only processor upgrade option for a 7200 was through PCI?
    thanks again!

    TonyTasty

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    Damn.....that's what I meant. I am helping a frien out with his 8100 right now, and am getting a wee bit confused.

    I would stick with the more reliable upgrades from well-known folks (namely XLR8). So maybe a 7200 isn't in your best interest. That machine really shouldn't be looked at as something worth building up too far, IMHO.

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    i have seen 7500's on ebay for $135 bucks, search out Power Tower Pro's as well.

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    I've got a loaded PowerMac 8600/200 and it rocks. The 7200s are good, but the only upgrade source are the PCI processor cards from Sonnet.The Voodoo3 is a nice card, for gaming a Voodoo2 is sufficient. For photoshop you could probably muddle along with the built in video when upgraded to 4MB with some more VRAM DIMMs. Myself, I prefer the 3Dfx Voodoo5 5500 PCI 64MB video card, has dual processors, FXT1 texture compression, and 4x FSAA, a gamer's delight. And for a G3, I have used and liked Sonnet's, but the XLR8 ZIF carrier idea is good, allowing for even faster future ZIF upgrades. I'm thinking a 466Mhz XLR8 G3 or a 500Mhz Sonnet G3. And for storage, you need a VST UltraTek/66 ATA card, and two IBM Deskstar 75GXP drives in any size, and use SoftRAID to make a RAID disk, and get some of that Granite Digital cabling stuff too. Good Luck.

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