Is this iMac enough for a web designer?

dangkynhe

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Jun 12, 2012
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I'm sick of waiting for new iMac this year. So, when ever new one would be released, this summer, this fall, 2012... I don't care anymore. I need to buy an iMac 27" 2011 tomorrow and really need your suggestions.

Assuming that I will use this Mac 15 hours every day:

- Photoshop with 3-5 large files opening (20-30MB and hundreds of layers)
- Firefox 20 tabs (Flash, JS, large pictures...)
- Chrome 10 tabs
- Some small office softwares
- Dell U2312HM External Monitor

Do you think an iMac with this configuration is enough for the tasks:

- i5 2.7GHz
- 12 GB RAM (I will upgrade this later with an external 8GB RAM - $50)
- AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB
- 1 TB HDD
- 120GB SSD (I will upgrade this later)

Any suggestion or comment would be much appreciated. Thank you.
 

iMcLovin

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Feb 11, 2009
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yeah :D
I have a early 2009 imac and work with photoshop files up to 2-3 gigabytes, that's when I notice slowdowns. I wouldnt be very worried of file sizes that you mention.
 
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dangkynhe

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Jun 12, 2012
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Hanoi - Vietnam
yeah :D
I have a early 2009 imac and work with photoshop files up to 2-3 gigabytes, that's when I notice slowdowns. I wouldnt be very worried of file sizes that you mention.
I'm not sure but I'm using a Dell Core2Duo 2GHz, On-board GPU and 2GB RAM now and it's super slow when working with those PSDs (20-30MB web layouts up to thousand layers). :confused:

I need to open Photoshop, Firefox, IDE, Chrome, Word... at the same time. So a dual monitor setup would fit best.

I need your recommendations here which to choose now: an iMac with the configuration above or a MacBook Pro 2012? :confused:
 
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driftless

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Sep 2, 2011
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Yeah, I am using a late '09 Core 2 Duo iMac with Dreamweaver, Photoshop, etc. and it works. I am one who thinks that a new iMac will be released this summer though and I hope to upgrade then to either the new iMac or the new retina MacBook Pro.
 
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