Need some Advice about Switching

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Collett19, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Collett19, Jun 1, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011

    Collett19 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    Hey all, just need a couple of questions answered.

    Looking to buy an iMac when the BTS promotion starts. I'm a student so get Education discounts. I generally use my pc for gaming, internet, music, downloads and just getting into photography so some photo editing.

    1. Looking to get the Higher Spec 21.5'' and was wondering if it was worth it to upgrade the processor from 2.7 i5 to 2.8 i7?

    2. I know that it's a much better deal to buy RAM from Crucial or somewhere then install myself but how much should I be looking to get?

    3. I brought a copy of windows 7 to upgrade my current pc (7 year old Dell that i've upgraded a few times) Will i be able to use this copy of windows with bootcamp?

    4. Whats the best way to copy stuff from my pc to my new mac? (iTunes library, photos, games (Can i transfer games from windows to bootcamp windows?))

    5. Is Aperture a good photo editing software?

    Thankyou in advance for any answers you're able to give!
  2. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    2. Best choice is to stick with stock RAM, use the computer for a couple weeks to see if you actually need more, then buy as much as you can reasonably afford.

    3. I think so, you'll have to wipe it off the Dell to use it though.

    5. Aperture is excellent, but I believe is more management than editing. Just like RAM, wait until you get the computer and have a chance to check out iPhoto or some other editing software before you spend money on something you may not need.
  3. Sunday Ironfoot macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    3. If you bought a boxed retail copy, then yes, the license lets you transfer it from PC to PC (as long as it's removed from the previous PC).

    If you have an OEM copy (the type that come bundled with PC's from Dell, HP etc. but can also be bought separately from the right "sources"), then no. But...people have gotten away with transferring it in the past, it usually involves phoning someone from MS and explaining that your current PC crashed, motherboard failed etc. etc. and thus need to reactivate it again. Worked for me :cool:
  4. Collett19 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    Yeah I brought a retail copy, hopefully will be able to downgrade the Dell back to Vista with the discs that came with it? But thinking about it that might not work. Hmm
  5. Steamrunner macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
    1) If you can afford to, yeah, go for it.

    2) At least 4Gb extra, but again, if you can afford an extra 8Gb (for a total of 12Gb) then that'll come in handy once you're working on multiple RAW files and so on.

    If you can only afford to upgrade either the CPU or RAM right now, but will have a bit more cash later, then I'd do the CPU now as you can add more RAM any time (and you'll be fine with 4Gb for a while - I do photo and video work on a 4Gb 2008 MBP with no problems).

    3) That should be fine; depending how many times you've already activated it you may need to ring MS to activate. Also, check this thread as some people have reported issues with a pre-SP1 install.

    4) Windows games and apps will need to be reinstalled. There are plenty of guides on transferring your iTunes library - do a quick search for something like "Move itunes library from pc to mac". Photos can be transferred by simply copying them over, and if you want, importing them into iPhoto.

    5) Aperture offers some editing capabilities, but it's more about photo management and correction than doing Photoshop-type manipulation. The best thing to do is download the 30-day trial from Apple and try it out - I found the Apple Pro Training book very useful for finding out how to use the app. If you buy One to One with your Mac, of course, you can get Apple to train you! Personally I love Aperture - but you'll find just as many people who think something else is better. One last thing - do NOT buy Aperture preinstalled on your Mac or in a physical Apple store; buy it through the Mac App store on your Mac, it's a hell of a lot cheaper.
  6. Collett19 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    Awesome replies guys, Thankyou.

    So decided to go for the upgraded processor, buy myself some crucial Ram (probs another 8GB to take it to 12G total).

    Just cleaned out my external hard drive to move stuff across, it's currently formatted as NTFS. This I know will be only read only for the iMac but will suffice for getting stuff (music, photos) from old pc to new iMac. Right?

    And will it still work as an external drive with bootcamp windows or will it not write as it is NTFS.

    Aperture I will try and if I like buy from The App Store as currently it's around £45, very much cheaper than buying pre-installed!

    One last thing, thinking of getting myself a trackpad instead of magic mouse as I will need another mouse for gaming so might as well have one of each? Good idea?

    Thanks again.

    Ugh, I'm getting so impatient, I want it now! Hurry with with BTS already!
  7. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    You can use NTFS3G to make the NTFS partition read/write. It has some problems (such as updating the amount of free space -- you have to unmount and remount the drive), but works well. Obviously the best if you're not going cross-platform with the drive is to format it to HFS+.

    You are smart going with the Magic Trackpad. If you're doing any sort of gaming, you know wireless peripherals usually aren't the way to go. :)

  8. johnfkitchen macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2010
    Aperture combines great asset management and excellent non-destructive editing capabilities. It integrates brilliantly on the Mac.

    I have a library of ~40,000 images and used to use PhotoShop a lot. Now I find that Aperture meets 99.9% of my editing needs and is far easier to use than PS.

    The only times I go to PS is if I want to add text, or need to use layers or creative filters. So it's really only when I'm going seriously creative that I go that way.

    You will need lots of RAM as you plan, Aperture is hog and will disappoint you if you run short of memory. 12 GBs should be fine, that's what I ordered.
  9. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2011

    1) I would go with the i7 because it will help with gaming and photo editing. I mean, if you want to play some games "smoothly" I would recommend even a i7 27inch, but thats only if its in your budget. However, to answer your question, the iMac 21.5 inch (i7 upgrade) would be sufficient for photo editing
    and some decent gameplay.

    2) I would go with the max the 21.5inch can support -I belive 8GB, 12GB or 16GB. I would personally max out the ram because for photo-editing, it really helps.

    3) I don't think you can use the Windows 7 with your mac because apparently one copy is only good for one machine.

    4) Dump all your stuff to an external hard drive. How do you play your games from your pc? Do you use Steam? If you use Steam, just re-download the games on the Bootcamped PC. If not, then your going to have to reinstall the games on your Mac.

    5) Aperature is a good editing program, however, if you can stretch to Photoshop, that would be great. I personally love both programs because Aperature allows me to get some simple edits fast and simple, and make aLOT of the tasks I would do on Photoshop (as far as clearing any "blemishes" from a photo) is much faster done on Aperature. Photoshop is beautiful for editing your photos, and if your a creative kind of person, then its wonderful!

    Good Luck!

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