Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




9928 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3024

Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 24259 19-Jul-2008 08:57
Send private message

Hi All

Grateful for advice. I am looking to upgrade my dual 2.7 G5 Mac (4.5Gb RAM, 500 Gb HDD) to an Intel version of Mac.

I am a professional photographer and my principle workflow on the machine is Aperture with various 3rd party plug-ins. At the moment I have a pair of Firewire 800 external drives attached as backup storage and a 20" Cinema Display.

At the moment I am considering

  1. A 3.06 Ghz 24" iMac with 4Gb Ram
  2. A Mac Pro with dual 2.8 quad core processors and 4GbRAM.

The iMac appeals as a compact and relatively affordable option, but will not (apparently) run a 30" monitor as a second display in due course. The Mac Pro is obviously more expandable and more capable and will run whatever monitors I can afford - but costs more in the first place.

I have also read varying reports as to the colour accuracy of the iMac displays and of the reflections from the glossy screen.

i would be grateful for views, recommendations, suggestions etc!

Thanks!





Create new topic
Go Hawks!
782 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 30

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 149415 19-Jul-2008 10:27
Send private message

To be honest - I'd spring for the MacPro - go with the Displays that you can afford to begin with.

With the MacPro, you will be able to:
  • Add in an extra graphics card (and hence extra screens if required)
  • You're not limited to a total of 4GB of Ram
  • You're not limited to the one internal drive (Hard drive and optical)
Plus - if you're screen develops issues in the future, you only have to replace the display.

I'm saying all this with the view that you are going to be doing professionally photography on this.  I would imagine that if you go the iMac route you'll be wishing you could upgrade in the near future ...

Hope that helps ...
Wazzä

Professional yak shaver
1599 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 8

Trusted
BitSignal
Subscriber

  Reply # 149494 19-Jul-2008 17:07
Send private message

wazzageek: To be honest - I'd spring for the MacPro - go with the Displays that you can afford to begin with.

With the MacPro, you will be able to:
  • Add in an extra graphics card (and hence extra screens if required)
  • You're not limited to a total of 4GB of Ram
  • You're not limited to the one internal drive (Hard drive and optical)
Plus - if you're screen develops issues in the future, you only have to replace the display.

I'm saying all this with the view that you are going to be doing professionally photography on this.  I would imagine that if you go the iMac route you'll be wishing you could upgrade in the near future ...

Hope that helps ...
Wazzä


I second that. Go for the more expandable Mac Pro and you won't regret.




"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." - Doc Emmet Brown

 
 
 
 




9928 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3024

Trusted
Subscriber

Reply # 149504 19-Jul-2008 18:00
Send private message

Thanks - I guess I will.

Shame I cannot just biff the old chipset etc like in a PC!

The spec I want will cost me at least $5500 (less maybe $1000 or so for my old one) even from Tosh, so I may have to wait a wee bit longer!





181 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 149629 20-Jul-2008 14:16
Send private message

Id go with the 2GB Config, then add in additional 3rd Party RAM, would save you ~$250.

2Gb (2 x 1Gb)  
4Gb (4 x 1Gb) ( + NZ$499.00 )




9928 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3024

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 149647 20-Jul-2008 16:08
Send private message

Simonm: Id go with the 2GB Config, then add in additional 3rd Party RAM, would save you ~$250.

2Gb (2 x 1Gb)  
4Gb (4 x 1Gb) ( + NZ$499.00 )


Good plan. The RAM does seem to be very expensive - $2,500 for 8 GB!





Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand Ministry of Education chooses Unisys for cloud-based education resourcing management system
Posted 22-Nov-2017 22:00


Business analytics software powers profits for NZ wine producers
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:52


Pyrios strikes up alliance with Microsoft integrator UC Logiq
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:51


The New Zealand IT services ecosystem - it's all digital down here
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:49


Volvo to supply tens of thousands of autonomous drive compatible cars to Uber
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:46


From small to medium and beyond: Navigating the ERP battlefield
Posted 21-Nov-2017 21:12


Business owners: ERP software selection starts (and finishes) with you
Posted 21-Nov-2017 21:11


Why I'm not an early adopter
Posted 21-Nov-2017 10:39


Netatmo launches smart home products in New Zealand
Posted 20-Nov-2017 20:06


Huawei Mate 10: Punchy, long battery life, artificial intelligence
Posted 20-Nov-2017 16:30


Propel launch Disney Star Wars Laser Battle Drones
Posted 19-Nov-2017 21:26


UFB killer app: Speed
Posted 17-Nov-2017 17:01


The case for RSS — MacSparky
Posted 13-Nov-2017 14:35


WordPress and Indieweb: Take control of your online presence — 6:30 GridAKL Nov 30
Posted 11-Nov-2017 13:43


Chorus reveals technology upgrade for schools, students
Posted 10-Nov-2017 10:28



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.