Buy custom conf or wait for Haswell - pro designer

matejn

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May 20, 2013
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Hello,

my actual workstation has some major hardware problem so I'm thinking of switching to Mac. I'm an front-end developer, grapic designer - DTP & webdesign. I'm thinking of MCBA 13" i7 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD (+27" isp display for serious work). I have to run Adobe PS, Il, Dw / Ds and Safari all at once.

In my country, Slovakia, there are only Premium reselers, so the delivery of custom configuration is between 3 to 6 weeks. So, when I'll get new Mac to my hands there will be new models on the market.

My question is, what is wiser choice, to buy custom config today, or to wait for Haswell custom configs?

Do you thing thats real change that Hastwells will be on the market by the WWCD and with no retina screen (don't want retina, profs. will know why) and with custom configuration - need as much RAM as possible?

Other thing is, that I need a machine I can rely on, with no premature hardware glitches and the Air has to be usable for pro work for aprox. 4 years.

So whats your finall opinion - buy custom today or wait?

Thank you so much for useful opinios, Matej
 

errol

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Jan 11, 2008
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I would wait. Either you can get something better, or what you want to buy will go on sale.
 

matejn

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May 20, 2013
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By the way, is it still possible to buy / order custom configurations of prevouis models when new models are released?
 

Bear

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By the way, is it still possible to buy / order custom configurations of prevouis models when new models are released?
No. After the new models are released, all you can get of the previous models is leftover standard configurations and whatever configurations turn up for sale refurbished on Apple's web site.
 

DisplacedMic

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May 1, 2009
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No. After the new models are released, all you can get of the previous models is leftover standard configurations and whatever configurations turn up for sale refurbished on Apple's web site.
which will be most of them initially but otherwise yes, that's correct.
 

Steve121178

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my actual workstation has some major hardware problem so I'm thinking of switching to Mac. I'm an front-end developer, grapic designer - DTP & webdesign. I'm thinking of MCBA 13" i7 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD (+27" isp display for serious work). I have to run Adobe PS, Il, Dw / Ds and Safari all at once.

So whats your finall opinion - buy custom today or wait?

Thank you so much for useful opinios, Matej
Get a replacement PC for haf the cost. Not sure why you need to switch to a Mac for that kind of work. If you are not worried about the cost and really do want to get a Mac then surely a Mac Mini would be a far more sensible purchase?
 

Bear

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Get a replacement PC for haf the cost. Not sure why you need to switch to a Mac for that kind of work. If you are not worried about the cost and really do want to get a Mac then surely a Mac Mini would be a far more sensible purchase?
A Mac mini instead of a laptop? That's an odd suggestion especially since the OP never mentioned it was strictly for use in one location. Maybe they want portability now?

And as for your suggestion to get another PC, maybe the OP has some other reasons they want a Mac. And for a lightweight laptop, the MBA is the only decent choice.
 

jbyun04

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Aug 31, 2008
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Get a replacement PC for haf the cost. Not sure why you need to switch to a Mac for that kind of work. If you are not worried about the cost and really do want to get a Mac then surely a Mac Mini would be a far more sensible purchase?
"for that kind of work" ?

You're aware that the majority of the design industry uses Macs for a variety of different reasons right?
 

Steve121178

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A Mac mini instead of a laptop? That's an odd suggestion especially since the OP never mentioned it was strictly for use in one location. Maybe they want portability now?
Portability was never mentioned.

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"for that kind of work" ?

You're aware that the majority of the design industry uses Macs for a variety of different reasons right?
The OP is currently using a PC and not a Mac. It doesn't really make much sense to switch platforms.
 

Acorn

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his windows machine is toast. its the perfect time to switch platforms. besides mac can run both if he wants and he gets a better operating system to boot.