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Topic # 31976 7-Apr-2009 11:25
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I've been a PC user for almost 10 yrs. Now I am thinking of switching to mac since I have a greater need of photo editing now. But I have a tight budget (budget is always the hurdle for mac upgrade). I have a 19 inch wide-screen LCD right now. I just upgraded my pc to:

Intel duo core 2.66GHz (at 1.33GHz FSB) E8200
4GB DDR2
Geforce 9500 GT 512MB
ASUS P5GMX/1333 motherboard
500GB SATA2 HD

I have 3 options:
Option 1 -- buy a iMac and sell my whole PC, thru my search 2nd-hand iMac will cost me at least $1.8k
Option 2 -- buy a G5 duo core power Mac and sell my PC except the LCD, one power mac on Trademe cost $1.1k with 4GB DDR2 Ram and Duo core (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=211449974).
Option 3 -- buy an old model Macbook pro with 4MB L2 cache CPU which cost $1.8k and sell my PC.

I am into photography and I need to run some photo editting software such as panorama stitching and PS CS.

Can some experienced mac users give me some advices plz ~~?!?!?!Laughing

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  Reply # 205743 7-Apr-2009 14:08
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Hi, long time windows and mac user here.




My advice is buy my 24" iMac off me :)




Definitely don't buy a G5 Mac because its dead technology.  The current operating system is geared toward intel processors, and future updates will be more and more geared in that direction.  Even aside from the operating system, more and more application developers are developing ONLY for the intel platform.  So forget the g5 option.




The MacBook Pro option is viable, but again make sure it's Intel and is capable enough to run the apps you want.




My iMac is 2.16Ghz Core 2 Duo, 3GB RAM, 250Gb HDD, comes with iLife 08 (includes iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie, Garageband, and iWeb) and iWork 08 (includes Pages which is desktop publishing/word app, Numbers for spreadsheeting, and Keynote for presentations - widely considered the best presentation app available today).  My iMac is also running the latest OS - Leopard version 10.5.6.  It's got about 9 months left of full warranty too.  




If this sounds like the kind of rig you're after let me know via PM and we might be able to work something out.  If not, post any questions and either I or someone else here can probably answer them for you






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  Reply # 205755 7-Apr-2009 15:05
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You will also have to factor in repurchasing CS for mac, unless you intend to run it in bootcamp?



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Reply # 205777 7-Apr-2009 16:19
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Thanks guys for your reply. There's a Macbook pro 15' with Intel 2.16GHz duo core, 3GB DDR2 at 667MHz and ATI 256MB DDR3~!! He only offers that at $1200 but now the bid is already up $1100+ and the buy now is removed. The only glitch is three mysterious dots on the screen that can't be removed. How do you guys think of this macbook?? Plz give me some advices on this ~ ~ ~

The auction is at http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=211558580

Thanks

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  Reply # 205789 7-Apr-2009 16:49
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benny2008: Thanks guys for your reply. There's a Macbook pro 15' with Intel 2.16GHz duo core, 3GB DDR2 at 667MHz and ATI 256MB DDR3~!! He only offers that at $1200 but now the bid is already up $1100+ and the buy now is removed. The only glitch is three mysterious dots on the screen that can't be removed. How do you guys think of this macbook?? Plz give me some advices on this ~ ~ ~

The auction is at http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=211558580

Thanks



The dots sound like dead pixels, if you're going to be doing graphics oriented stuff you'll want all pixels working perfectly otherwise you'll quickly get frustrated with the display.


I think CS licenses are cross compatible - that is it can be used on either Mac or PC but only one at a time.  At least that's how the licenses function at my work?

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  Reply # 205796 7-Apr-2009 16:59
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+1 to most of what has been said above. Make sure you get something Intel based, not PowerPC - way of the future. And the MacBook Pros have pretty amazing functionality in a laptop profile. You pay for the privilege though.




 I think CS licenses are cross compatible - that is it can be used on either Mac or PC but only one at a time.  At least that's how the licenses function at my work?





Not sure about this one though. Even if you want to upgrade Photoshop from one version to another (and take advantage of the upgrade pricing scheme), you have to have the old version on the same platform. At least, that seems to be what Joe Public has to deal with. I suspect volume licences are different.

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  Reply # 205807 7-Apr-2009 17:29
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Sounds like your PC is pretty decent. What are you hoping to gain by buying a new computer?

Having limited funds isn't the best way to buy a Mac.

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  Reply # 205810 7-Apr-2009 17:32
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jayaldous: Sounds like your PC is pretty decent. What are you hoping to gain by buying a new computer?

Having limited funds isn't the best way to buy a Mac.



My guess is the appeal of the applications available on Mac, the ease of use, the optimisation of OS X with the hardware inside the Mac itself, etc etc.  


Not that we want to get into a debate over the benefits of going Mac or PC.  It wouldn't be much of a fight anyway :P

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  Reply # 205826 7-Apr-2009 18:30
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God no. That's the worst type of argument.

I don't mean to downtalk your personal opinions - it just sounds like you have a totally decent PC. The move to Mac will yield you much slickness, a little speed and fewer headaches. That said, you should be able to achieve everything you want on your PC. You'll find that you can meet your needs/wants with PC applications. And when you've got a decent PC _not_ running Vista the optimization won't be a huge issue. The ease of use is pretty hot though.

Make sure you get an Intel Mac, the shelf life alone will be worth the money. If you do need to cut corners on price then buy a second hand Intel Mac Mini (Unless of course you need a laptop). The price was great until the latest round of updates, you can put plenty of RAM in it and run it with your current monitor, keyboard and mouse. The performance will be totally decent for most photo editing but games etc. could be a problem compared to PC.


Hope that's some help.




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Reply # 205834 7-Apr-2009 18:49
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The dots sound like dead pixels, if you're going to be doing graphics
oriented stuff you'll want all pixels working perfectly otherwise
you'll quickly get frustrated with the display.


I think CS licenses are cross compatible - that is it can be used on
either Mac or PC but only one at a time.  At least that's how the
licenses function at my work?


I don't really worry about that, since there's a range of photography software for mac to choose. I did try CS but find Corel Paint Shop more suitable.


Sounds like your PC is pretty decent. What are you hoping to gain by buying a new computer?

Having limited funds isn't the best way to buy a Mac.


That's why I am not 100% sure. A mac will cost me an arm and a leg but I am still searching around to see if there's any good deal. Hardware stability & compatibility, system stability & security and its specialty in graphic are the things that a PC (more specifically Windows) can never beat. My PC's pretty fast but some gr8 photography softwares are supported in Mac only.

I am also testing OSx86 products see if my PC can run a Leopard Laughing

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  Reply # 205841 7-Apr-2009 19:35
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You have a 19" screen so why not a 320Gb mac mini? Similar specs to the imac and is $1848.00 compared to the imac at $2599.00, about a $750 difference, or buy the 120Gb model @ $1398 and upgrade the HDD and Ram yourself for cheaper.

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  Reply # 205847 7-Apr-2009 19:58
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That's why I am not 100% sure. A mac will cost me an arm and a leg but I am still searching around to see if there's any good deal. Hardware stability & compatibility, system stability & security and its specialty in graphic are the things that a PC (more specifically Windows) can never beat. My PC's pretty fast but some gr8 photography softwares are supported in Mac only. 
Laughing


Oooh. Just figured out what I was trying to say. "It's worth buying a Mac, but it might not be worth selling a recently upgraded PC to buy a Mac." (in a sentence anyway).

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  Reply # 206710 13-Apr-2009 19:50
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Sell the lot and get an iMac - I have an iMac, I do software development and Creative Suite; it would be a lot better value; and you still can easily upgrade the memory and hard disk.




Don't waste your time on a G5, its dead technology.

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