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  • New imac or Mac Pro?

  • Warren Beard

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I have an old intel imac with 2GB Ram and since getting a printer and doing more high graphic work I have noticed a big slow down in processing speeds when using Illustrator and Photoshop.

    I am looking at either getting a new imac (i5) which is obviously faster because it’s new and has 4GB Ram

    OR

    do I push a little further and get a Mac Pro, OK quiet a bit further 🙄

    I think a new imac will be fine but would hate to find out the hard way if it isn’t. Any Mac people out there who have looked at a similar upgrade who might have some advise to give?

    (and no I don’t want a PC so please don’t start a PC vs Mac debate)

    Cheers

    Warren

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Warren of course it will be fine, mac’s are perfect,
    no matter which model you buy, and you are already
    a mac user, I am surprised you asked 😀

    Peter

  • Graham . Shand

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm
    quote Warren Beard:

    I have an old intel imac with 2GB Ram and since getting a printer and doing more high graphic work I have noticed a big slow down in processing speeds when using Illustrator and Photoshop.

    I am looking at either getting a new imac (i5) which is obviously faster because it’s new and has 4GB Ram

    OR

    do I push a little further and get a Mac Pro, OK quiet a bit further 🙄

    I think a new imac will be fine but would hate to find out the hard way if it isn’t. Any Mac people out there who have looked at a similar upgrade who might have some advise to give?

    (and no I don’t want a PC so please don’t start a PC vs Mac debate)

    Cheers

    Warren

    I use Macs and PC’s, the Mac’s just dont give you the issues you get with PC’s they just do it first time every time end of, so welcome to the dark side .all you have to do with a Mac is just enjoy it.

  • John Wilson

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Mac Pro mate…. without a shadow of a doubt

    More upgradable

    Goto http://www.crucial.com/uk for memory upgrades and you’ll pay a fraction of the cost meaning you can beef up the ram something serious without too much outlay

    I’ve got 14GB in mine the now and once my student loan comes through I’ll be sticking another 8GB into it 🙂

    Also get a SSD drive as your main drive and just buy a 1TB for storage then wack it in

    I do love the iMac but I’d buy a mac pro everytime if given the choice

  • John Wilson

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    on a side note…..

    what do you call a second hand Mac? a Mac

    what do you call a second hand PC? a piece of crap!!!

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    sorry off topic

    little edit 😀

    Peter

  • Neil Davey

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm
    quote John Wilson:

    on a side note…..

    what do you call a second hand Mac? a Mac

    what do you call a second hand PC? a piece of crap!!!

    😀

    Yeh, if you can stretch to the Mac Pro Warren go for it.

    Love my Mac’s since my first Quadra back in ’94.

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    i have the full macpro setup… complete with final cut pro and photoshop.
    speaker system, new wireless keyboard and mouse etc
    all in immaculate condition… when i say never used, i mean that…

    i was considering selling it as i never use it… have two beasts of computer PC’s i use that sit in opposite side of the room and use them all the time.
    so you may see it appear on the boards in the next week or two. 😀 :lol1:

    anyway, if i had the choice again ide go for the PC… ahem, i mean Pro… :lol1:


    edit
    think i just broke my own bloody rules!!!
    😮 :lol1:

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    is that with snow leopard v99 or kangaroo v5.2.
    😉

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    That’s with Robin Reliant with body kit and lowered suspension. 😉

    mod-edit…
    im bloody doing it again… Off topic, off topic!
    mods get a grip!

  • David Rowland

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Well guys, after doing much research in recent weeks…. it turns out that a macpro is not up to what its supposed to be… yes i have a imac now and its really down to the i7 processor

    i did photoshop speed tests with some benchmarking action script and this imac was very high up on the list, I managed to get an iMac 27" LED screen with i7 2.8Ghz 4GB machine for a really good deal, where from the Apple Store refurbished, I have to say it is perfect and I read where peole are saying that the refurbished macs get more attention then the new ones.

    I saved about 40% off new price

    If only John Child’s could read this, he be laughing at me… 😥

    looks like they sold out of the one I had
    http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    i see they do a air operated one, how does that work then

  • David Rowland

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    with a "45W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord"?

    Tbh walking around with a compressor is not my kinda machine.

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    i bought the macpro after all the raving reviews on stability etc especially with video editing capabilities and more… so i invested heavily in it.

    bottom line was… it crashed just as often as my beefed up video/graphics editing computer.
    i also had to get used to the operating system as well as all the new software with exception of photoshop. that comes with territory i guess but still… it crashed!

    So what big advantage did i see in having one?
    when the mac crashed, it saved the work i was working on. when i rebooted it was saved.
    other than that, for the time i used it… not much else.

    do not get me wrong, i loved the new feel of stability. everything has its place… everything integrates with one another… all super smooth.

    but thousands of pounds down… long learning curve… i think i could have gotten by just as-well if ide have hit the SAVE key every 30 minutes in case ofa crash on my PC. :lol1:

    i honestly don’t have much problems with PC’s… i think allot of PC problems comes down to the crap installed on them and the operators.
    i actually have similar views on those with wide format printer problems too…
    i do believe in trying, spent thousands on a mac, and had i given it much more of my time, im sure ide have loved it. maybe another day…
    same goes for iphones… love the functionality and all the gimmics that goes with them, how they integrate with the mac, itunes and more…
    bought two iphones, one for the mrs and one for my wee girl. dont like them as phones, but did buy an itouch for when im in the car or the gym…
    phone wise, blackberry…

    god sake, im waffling on here and really dont know where i am going with this posts… should i keep going and see where i stop or should i shut up? 😕

    ok… i shut-it! 😉 :lol1:

  • John Wilson

    Member
    September 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Robert I got a question on the software that you said was crashing on the mac…. was it bought or "acquired"? I’ve known people to have issues when "acquiring" the software from the wrong place

    I’m running CS3 without any problems at all, had about 4-5 crashes in the last few years

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