iMac 24 CS4

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thethethedaniel, May 6, 2009.

  1. thethethedaniel macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2009
    Salem Oregon
    I am looking at getting the iMac 24 with the 2.66 processor and 4gb ram. Has anyone used the creative suite with this computer? I want to know if it will work well, I have an iBook G4 right now and I know it wont run on that. I will be doing some video work (not super extensive) and a whole lot of digital photography and web design. I just want to make sure it is the right computer for me. Thanks!
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You shouldn't have any problems
    The iMacs have plenty of power for what you are doing

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. Jozone macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Will run very well, enjoy the night and day difference of an intel mac :)
  4. phantomsd macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I'm debating the same thing. I will be using CS4 and maybe a little Final Cut and After Effects in the future.

    I thought it was set on getting the top 24" model since I was debating iMac vs. Mac Pro... but if the base 24" can handle what I need it to do then the lure of the price is too tempting to pass up.

    The ONLY reason I'm having second thoughts is the 9400m integrated graphics... should it be good enough for my needs?
  5. thethethedaniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2009
    Salem Oregon
    Yeah I was looking into getting the 13.3 Macbook with the 2.4 but I really think that for my money I will get way more out of the iMac. I am starting college next year so I will just take my iBook to class and take notes and I will use the iMac for my photography business.
  6. tvp macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    I have the 24" 2.6 iMac and run the CS4 Master Collection as well as Arperture with no lagging issues. It's very smooth and easy to navigate between the different programs I may have open at once.
  7. kurosov macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    I run the cs4 design suite on the '09 20" iMac just fine so the 24" model should have no problems at all.
  8. the-sandman macrumors regular


    Apr 17, 2009
    Leicester, UK
    I was going to save up for the top end 24" iMac, but i thought for the value for money, the 2.66 model would make more sense. So i bought it and have had it running for about 5 days now.

    And its been working like a dream, i've done everything that the OP wanted to do, apart from after effects and its not even flinched, whereas my mini just died under the pressure.
  9. A Belling macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2009
    I have the 24" 2.8 refurb, and CS4 (and CS3) run just fine. The 2600 GPU has been great coming off my MacBook's card, and even then CS3 worked well.
  10. thethethedaniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2009
    Salem Oregon
    New Q

    Now I am wondering, can you upgrade the RAM from 4 to 8 aftermarket? I think :apple: has it for wayyyyyy too much.
  11. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    You can, but 4 GB modules are expensive. Not as expensive as what Apple is charging (as usual), but expensive nonetheless.

    These will become cheaper with time. Me, I should be able to get by with 4 GB until they do.
  12. thethethedaniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2009
    Salem Oregon
    How difficult is the install??
    btw thanks for all the input you guys!
  13. BulletToothTony macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2009
    No joke if i have my phillips screw driver ready.. lets see.. less than 2 minutes.. no exageration..

    Easy -[*]----------------------------------------------------------Hard
  14. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Prices are still the same. :(

    6 months ago, I bought a PC laptop (Asus G50vt-x1) for college. I spent $350 to up it to 8GB (DDR2-800).

    Then I went Mac (DDR3-1066). Upgrade kits are $600. :eek: Of course, DDR3 is faster, more heat prone, needs higher quality materials, et cetera... I haven't yet spent because I've not finished a cost analysis between going 8GB on my 24" iMac and 15" MBP or spending thrice that to get an entry level quad core Mac Pro w/8GB and ATi 4870 video... I'm leaning toward RAM, as while I use After Effects to make web ads and such, Photoshop, Dreamweaver , and once in a while VMWare I use much more. This iMac (24", 2.93GHz, 4GB) certainly feels faster than Vista in EVERY way, even if my quad core PC running Vista is technically faster... hard call to make...

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