Choose my config for me

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fritzichic, May 20, 2007.

  1. fritzichic macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2007
    Hello I am new to Mac and I am about to take the plunge. I will wait until June 11th or so for any big announcements but then I will be putting in my order.

    Here is what I will be using on my computer:

    Photoshop CS3 (academic version if that makes any difference)
    Adobe Lightroom
    Internet (I like several windows open at a time)
    Word processing

    I am currently debating between a Macbook and a 20" iMac, barring any major updates. I really love the idea of having a portable laptop but in all honesty it will only leave the house about 2 weeks a year. I do have a nice 19" LCD monitor I can hook up to the laptop though.

    Also I am planning on upgrading ram on my own and buying an external harddrive (are these easy to use?).

    So I need something to let me use CS3, Lightroom, and Internet all at the same time. If I don't have MS Office, can I still read MS word/works attachments that are sent by email (I am guessing no but I can hope)?
  2. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    get the middle macbook. if you go portable.

    and the stock 20"imac with a 256mb card.

    memory is easy to upgrade on macbook, and im not sure about imac but im pretty sure it very easy too. you'll want 2gigs in either system.

    you can open word files in text edit.
  3. coday182 macrumors regular


    Jul 26, 2006
    Jamestown, IN
    middle macbook with 2 gigs. might as well get the extra gig from apple. From what I can tell you won't be doing too much intensive video card usage. A macbook with a 2.16 GHz processor and 2gb ram would suite your needs perfectly. Plus it's portable. You can also hook it up to a bigger display if need be. Oh yeah and if your budget permits you can get MS office for it too. That way you would have word and excel and all those other programs just in case.
  4. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    doesn't lightroom tax the crap out of the video card like aperture?
  5. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    OpenOffice or NeoOffice can open any MS Office documents you have apart from Access databases I believe, so it shouldn't be a problem. :)
  6. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    :confused: Uhm...why? If he's willing to do the swap himself, why pay apple an extra $100 to do it for him? MacBook ram is readily available in the $30-40/GB (single stick) range.
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I think in your case, a macbook pro would be better. My dad thought that our computer would never leave the house, and as such, he thought that a laptop would be useless. However, having a laptop, even if it's only for home use, is vastly superior to a desktop with similar stats. The ability to move the computer within the house easily is a big bonus, and shouldn't be overlooked.

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