MB vs. IMAC

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  1. OCSpersonel macrumors regular

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    So i can either get a 2.4Ghz Macbook with an external monitor, or a 24" iMac.

    i do alot of digital art so id use the whole adobe suite and possibly a game here and there.

    imac:
    24"
    500 HDD
    2.66 GHZ
    2GB ram
    (im pretty sure, something around here)

    MB:
    320 HDD
    2.4 GHZ
    4GB ram
    20" monitor? i have a 36" flat screen i can hook it up too.

    im not sure, theres a chance that if i pick one, im gona be able to pick up the other in a couple of months, im just wondering if the MB is gona be enough to run photoshop and after effects and occasionally a game (COD:MW2) smoothly or if i should reconsider like get a bigger HDD
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    I have an Aluminum MacBook, and it runs photoshop great. I don't really game on it much, but I think it would suit your needs just fine. Plus it is nice being able to take it wherever you want. I would only get an iMac as a secondary computer because I like the freedom to compute in different locations. :)
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    The thing is you get a MB if you want to take it with you (portability).
     
  4. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    they will both run the software, but the imac will run it faster.

    HDD size will not change that, you can see some performance gain by getting a faster 7200 rpm drive.

    if the mobility is NEEDED get the MacBook, if not get the iMac
     
  5. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

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    man you guys are fast, thanks for the help :) and is it possible to upgrade my hard drive in the MB like to 500 GB ?
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Yup, they have 5400 and 7200RPM laptop HD's upto 500GB.
     
  7. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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  8. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

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    so why dosnt apple offer it? they say it only goes to 320???
     
  9. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    i don't know for sure, my only guess is that they have an agreement with another manufacturer
     
  10. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

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    also is there any really good USB card reader for a MB? If heard of one for the port in a MBP but I'm not sure how you could do something like that to a MB
     
  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    No idea...but newegg/frys/anywhere sells 500's in both flavors.

    For the MB, you'll need an external solution. For the MBP's the readers utilize the available ExpressCard34 slot.
     
  12. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

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  13. Mantronix macrumors regular

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    I'm an owner of a 24" aluminum iMac and aluminum 13" macbook. I would go for the MBP if I was you. The portability and processing power of the MBP is gold. My macbook has me so spoiled. As of now I'm typing the post in my bed. :p
     
  14. Prekesh macrumors regular

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    The new 24" iMacs have 4GB Ram standard, and the 24" 1920x1200 display is far better than the MacBooks 1280x800. Personally I'd get a MBP :)

    just get an iMac. if you need portability get get macbook
     

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