iMac for a web designer

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  1. richiejenkins macrumors newbie

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    Hello folks :)

    At this current stage i have the white macbook, which i love. I'm looking into getting a iMac 24. Just a few things which worry me.

    I will be using adobe photoshop all the time for designing sites, is there a need to have a 8800 upgrade to let it run smoothly?

    Are you able to upgrade the graphics cards in iMac's after purchase?

    Also, been reading about and all this stuff about a new iMac. If true, whens it likely going to happen?

    Cheers, Richie
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    There have been rumors about new iMacs and it's likely to see update very soon because it has been 8 months since last update. There will be now big changes in new models so go for the existing one if you need it now. Update will be in few months (Minis come in March?)

    Yea, 8800 will help you
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    ... but is grossly overpowered for web-resolution work. When you're working at 300+ dpi, yeah, but web stuff? Well, it's your money I guess.
     
  4. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say to go with the 8800, it sure will help with Graphics (and even more if/when you upgrade to Snow Leopard). About the new iMacs, just wait till the end of January. Otherwise you're gonna have to wait another couple of months most probably.
     
  5. richiejenkins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help guys :)

    after all its not that much for a upgrade to a 8800
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    He said he will use Photoshop for that so I would take 8800. I used my dads PC for making some web sites becouse my laptop did'nt have enough power.
     
  7. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    Ok, time out.

    Photoshop doesn't use the GPU except for rotate and zoom. It's a CPU intensive program which is why you'll find machines with identical CPU's but varying GPU's bench out the same. People really need to stop assuming a GPU aids Photoshop in any real way. If you're doing any 3D work, then in makes sense... However, just make sure you're not deciding on the GPU based on Photoshop.
     
  8. geerlingguy macrumors 6502a

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    I do web design AND print design on a 2.8 24" iMac, and the most important part of my system (running Adobe CS3, sometimes with Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver AND Flash open at the same time) is the RAM. Get 4 GB or don't get any, because you need as much as possible.

    Spend more on the RAM upgrade (but get it from Crucial.com or somewhere else besides Apple). Don't worry about the video card unless your app specifically needs a GPU.

    Heck, I almost bought a Mac Pro instead of iMac, simply because I could get more RAM. My ideal computer would be the same iMac I have now, but with 8 or 16 GB RAM. Photoshop would truly *fly* then! Back in the days of Photoshop 3.0, I remember setting the memory allocation in OS 9 for Photoshop to 24000 KB, and still wanting more. Now I have Photoshop set to use 75% of the 4 GB, and I still want more.
     
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