"Thanks for your well considered comments and/or pointers during
my hunt for a new computer system. The tips on graphics systems,
individual types of chip combinations in the CPU classes, and even
OS considerations are appreciated."
"So which system did I choose? The G4, Alpha, and the SPARC were
the final 3 contestants in a quest I started nearly 6 months ago.
For various reasons I weeded out other systems including SGI, IBM,
older PPCs, HPs, and clustered PCs. Some I dropped for
compatibility reasons, the clustered PC for space/environmental
reasons, like the sound of an additional 8 to 20 fans in an already
"This left me at the final 3 systems, seeking additional input
before an expensive decision. Out of the final trio, the one I
liked the least after digging into its hype a little was the G4.
Its performance without the vector processor was extremely weak.
After all the "Photoshop test" even with the benefit of the
processor didn't justify spending twice as much as its comparison
AMD system. Without the benefit of coding optimization for the
vector processor, it performs even more poorly. So, why spend $3000
on a PowerMAC G4 when the same money could go to something more