Anyone want to give me $12,000?

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Random Thoughts

Dream MacSo with the announcement of the new Quad G5s, I thought I would price out my dream Mac setup. Is it OK if your computer is worth more than your car?

Hey I just noticed that if each listener to the cast donated $1, I could pick this baby up. :D

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  1. Aaron | Oct 19 2005 - 04:58

    That is a dream setup and with 2 30″ Monitors that is perfect

    I am glad to see after all that you want they won’t charge you postage :P I bet Microsoft would try and pull that trick if they sold hardware

  2. Lloyd | Oct 19 2005 - 05:00

    Adam, for that price splurge on the memory. 512MB?

  3. Jason | Oct 19 2005 - 05:55


    $2.00 on its way to you via PayPal. You deserve a $12,000 computer. I want a $12,000 computer, too!


  4. Jason | Oct 19 2005 - 05:19

    P.S. If you ever buy a system like that, for Pete’s sake, buy it in Oregon. Remember “no sales tax”, Adam?

  5. Nick Circosta | Oct 19 2005 - 05:19

    lol why stop at 12k

    Max the ram to 16GB :)
    and double the HDD to 1TB

  6. Joe | Oct 19 2005 - 06:57

    I bet that we could do it! I’ll see about donating a few bucks.

  7. Mitch | Oct 19 2005 - 07:10

    That would be one awesome machine.

  8. HTPC Blog | Oct 19 2005 - 07:21


    I just sent $5 your way via PayPal. Do me a favor and put the money towards this compuer. I love your show and always am waiting for the next one to come out, even though I am not a big Mac fan myself (I tried it, but didn’t like it actually – maybe I’ll give it another shot once the Intel boxes come out). Anyways, keep up the great work.


  9. HTPC Blog | Oct 19 2005 - 07:54

    Hope you pressed the “Save for later” button on that website…it could take a while to get the $12,000 needed. Look on the bright side though – by the time all the money is raised you might be able to get an even better one.

    -Andrew (again)

  10. macFanDave | Oct 19 2005 - 10:25

    OK, Adam, I just added my two bucks. Between me and Jason, you are just $11,902 from your dream setup.

    C’mon, the rest of you! Don’t leave us hangin’ out here!

  11. Darren | Oct 19 2005 - 10:51

    Wow, I thought all you really wanted was a Mac Mini with Front Row and a USB remote. :)

  12. maccast | Oct 20 2005 - 12:09

    I looked into the 16GB RAM option, but it was like a $9,000 price upgrade and I just couldn’t do that.

  13. tiiim | Oct 20 2005 - 03:55

    nice computer there! go on see if you can get one that would be great!

  14. Thorsten | Oct 20 2005 - 04:28

    Wao, I also just donated $5 I just hope he can get the money together. I mean I will not be able to get one, but I just would love for Adam to get this machine, and then hear hum jumping for joy, and know :” I helped Adam to become this joyful, oh it makes me cry :D”

    So guys get together we can do it the super machine for Adam we can do it!!!

  15. Josiah | Oct 20 2005 - 04:29

    Hey that is an awsome computer but i don’t think I will ever have a car that expensize. Did you say the maccast has almost 12,000 liseners (awsome job adam)

  16. Jason | Oct 20 2005 - 08:56

    Hey Adam – what’s better than the new iPod with video? Two of them! I picked up two 30GB whities last night. Woohoo! Pics and comments to follow soon. =)

  17. Ashley | Oct 20 2005 - 08:19

    Hey guys,

    do we really need this ECC (error code correction) RAM?

    What is it exactly?, And how is it better than just the standard RAM, as there is a huge price difference bettween the two.

    Adam, can you explain this in your next show please?


  18. Marius | Oct 20 2005 - 09:53

    About the RAM…

    ECC RAM is most commonly used on server machines and provides much more reliability through special circuitry. Machines running ECC memory are not completely immune to sudden lock up’s, however it TREMENDOUSLY reduces the risk of lockup during crutical applications. As an IT professional, I would highly recommend anyone who performs intensive tasks such as video, audio or imaging to consider this type of RAM. Seeing that the new G5 now accepts ECC RAM tells me that apple is catering to high end professionals who demand nothing but the best.

    Now one other comment… I love Apple, but holly Connolly!!! Their RAM cost SOOO MUCH. You can pick up a 2 gig stick of Micron ECC (the very same spec as the Apple store RAM) for about $416 a pice. Do the math, at the apple store, you pay $3100 for 8 gigs.. do it your self price.. $1680! Where in the world does the difference come from.. it’s over $1400 higher by my math!

    Here is the link to the aforementioned memory if any one is interested…

    NOTE: I am not affiliated with these guys in any way.. found them on (not affiliated with pricewatch either :)

    Kind regards

  19. Pilot Mike | Oct 20 2005 - 10:42

    He has 8GB RAM on the wish list Mac. The 512MB is the VIDEO RAM.

    Adam, I doubt you’d ever that see that more than 1 or 2GB of that 8GB was being used. I have 1GB in my Mini and rarely use more than half. |-{)

    I’m prolly gonna break down and go for the new 60GB iPod once I know the story on accessories for recording on it.

  20. Ashley | Oct 20 2005 - 12:48

    Hi Marius,

    Do you know where they sell ECC Ram like that link you posted, in the UK?

    I’m all for getting it cheaper. As if it is a lot cheaper, I may be able to afford getting the full 16gb.

    Feel free to email me at:

    Thanks m8

  21. Ashley | Oct 20 2005 - 12:07

    P.s. I’m a sound engineer doing lots of audio recordings, so the cheaper the better as far as Ram prices go.

    Also, the link you posted seems to say that you only get 4.3gb of bandwidth, and I believe the Mac Ram modules give you 8.5gb bandwidth, right?

  22. GreenAlien | Oct 20 2005 - 12:30
  23. Marius Morosanu | Oct 20 2005 - 02:15

    Hi Ashley,

    To address your question, yes the mac can handel up to 8.x GB/s of through output, but that is because it can address 2 separate banks of memory. So 4.x GB/s per bank = about the stated 8.5 GB/s. This in it’s self is simply awsome!!! To back up my statment this is a quote directly from Apple’s web site

    “By addressing two banks of SDRAM at the same time, the new Power Mac G5 can reach a memory throughput of up to 8.5 GBps.”

    In addition, I also wrote about the ECC type memory.. this is what apple has to say about that..

    “For users in mission-critical and compute-intensive environments, there’s also the option of ECC (Error Correction Code) main memory, which allows automatic correction of single-bit errors and detection of multiple-bit errors.”

    As I said, the person who will get the most out of ECC is the high end user such as the video editor, photoshop user, logic, pro tools, etc. And with any luck, that user will never see the benefit because the benfit lies in nothing going wrong :)) he he.

    Hope this clears up your concern about the memory bandwidth.


  24. Marius Morosanu | Oct 20 2005 - 02:47

    Forgot one thing.. I forgot to say that unfortunatly I have not looked into any UK sites that offer that memory. My suggestion is to google it with the term UK???

    Wish I could be of further service.


  25. macosx.4 | Oct 20 2005 - 05:29

    Hmm, put four of those 500 GB drives in, replace the processor with a couple P4HTs and buy iMacOSX (“i” for Intel)

  26. Nick Circosta | Oct 20 2005 - 06:02

    Did the powermacs Allways have Dual Lan??

  27. James Brown | Oct 20 2005 - 06:18

    Hey Adam,

    I absolutely love your show. I’ve been a mac enthusiast since 1988 and I’ve learned sooo much from your podcasts…You make my life easier because I don’t need to work as hard to find out all the tidbits offered by your show each day…I just made a $5 donation toward your dream mac system…I hope enough listeners value your work enough to at least send in one thin dollar…Congrats on nearing your 100th show and keep up the great work!

  28. Denis Kassai | Oct 21 2005 - 12:14

    Hey Adam,

    I donated $10 via the PayPal donation button on the website for you to save up for this dream machine! I can’t wait till you get it and post a pic of your sweet dual 30” monitor setup. Also, it would be cool to put up a funds counter on the website to track how much more money we need to go!

    To the listeners: Donate! Donate! Donate! How sweet it would be if we gave Adam this God Machine? I’m a poor student in college and even with my low funds, i couldn’t resist giving Adam a chance to get the dream machine we all want.

    P.S. I set up a PayPal account just to donate to you and i have a question . . .i noticed when i donated through your “donate button” that the money was sent to Terraform Creative. That still goes directly to you?

  29. maccast | Oct 21 2005 - 12:08

    Thanks to all who have donated so far. Yes. Terraform Creative, is me. It is a site I use to do freelance web site development, mac support and consulting. The site is completely out of date so don’t trust the info there.

  30. Ashley | Oct 21 2005 - 05:00

    Thanks Marius

    : )

  31. Brendon | Oct 21 2005 - 07:41

    Hello Adam,

    I am a new listener (started listening around Episode 80), and a new Mac
    user (bought my Mac mini in January on the day it came out – yes, a convert via the “halo effect”).

    Anyway, LOVE your PodCast. I set you $5 towards your dream machine as well. I agree with Denis above that you should have some kind of rudimentary counter of the funds-to-go towards your dream machine. That would be cool for all of us listeners to know we helped pay for it. And DEFINITELY post pics when you get it.

    If you get serious about this I am SURE you can get the funds. Maybe briefly mention it on your PodCast, etc…

    Thanks again for all the great work you do!

  32. Marc | Oct 21 2005 - 08:09

    hi Adam

    Just donated $5 towards the computer, that’s a sweet set up. thanks for the show and congrats on 100.

  33. Eddie | Oct 21 2005 - 03:12

    Just ordered my PowerMac 2.0 DC. Not as beefy as your dream machine, but it is a PowerMac DC (Dual Core). I had a iMac 2.1Ghz on order but then decided on the PowerMac. So I called up Apple and changed my order. $3500 later my PowerMac w/ 20″ Display is on its way… The iPod (60GB) should be in on Monday. New toys!!! You gotta love it!

  34. Jeremy | Oct 21 2005 - 06:57

    GO ADAM GO!!!

    Come one maccast community, who deserves this machine more then adam. I have been a maccast subscriber for awhile now, since itunes 4.9 at least, no-one has given me as much help and entertainment as the maccast – you’ve got my money adam.

    Come on guys cough up a few bucks

  35. Jeremy | Oct 21 2005 - 06:34

    Sorry Guys I meant to add – lets see if we can beat the estimated ship time of 3-4 weeks!!!!!

  36. Tom | Oct 22 2005 - 08:26

    Remove the dual 30″ Cinema displays and I //might // donate. =P

  37. cfsporn | Dec 16 2005 - 01:19

    I would drop the dual 30″ displays and replace them with two 23″ displays. Also I would get the 1 TB hard drive. Last I would get the 6600 GT and replace it with the 7800GTX 512 (can be found at because the Quadro is not good for gaming.