MBP or imac for photographer

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ocbaud, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. ocbaud macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Midwest City, Oklahoma
    So, i'm selling my 2 current systems to consolidate to a single mac system.

    I'm having trouble deciding between a nice macbook pro (high 15" or 17") or a 27" imac.

    here is the system i'm coming from that ran windows 7.

    Intel i7 920 cpu @ 3.5ghz
    12gb ddr3 1333mhz ram
    nvidia gtx275 video card
    2x150gb velociraptor in raid0 (10k rpm)
    2x 640gb wd black drives in raid0 (7200 rpm)
    lacie firewire 800 pci card
    dell 24" 1920x1200 2408wfp lcd

    I would like to keep the price around $2,000 for the new system.
    I would love the portability of the mbp, but the 27" imac display is SOO nice and so is the faster processor.

    I'll mainly be using this for A LOT of adobe lightroom and some photoshop.
    Also having it store a lot of media(tv shows, movies, etc) probably on a fast external harddrive.

    i'm not worried about an SSD on either system at the moment
    requirements are an i7 for sure, and at least 8gb of ram, though i would like more than that later on. either system will be ordered with 4gb and i would upgrade it later myself.

  2. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    It all comes down to how much portability is a factor for you. If you don't mine being chained to the desk when you edit, then you can probably get more bang for your buck for an iMac.
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I just did this EXACT thing and I am too a photographer.

    I decided on the highest end 15" MBP because I wanted mobility. I haven regretted it what so ever. I also have a 24" Dell U2410 IPS Panel Monitor I hook up externally.

    I recommend if you get the MBP to get the Hi-Res AG display.

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