New computer advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iDabble, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. iDabble macrumors regular

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    I have that new Mac itch and will be buying a new computer after the line is refreshed (hopefully with redesign).

    What I do/will do with my computer:

    -Adobe CS5.5
    -iMovie and starting on Final Cut
    -light GarageBand and will be learning Logic
    -several Autodesk
    -3D modeling

    I'm a recent design school grad. Very rarely do I need to do anything serious while portable. Most of my serious work is at my desk at home. This may change in the future though.

    What I currently have:

    -Mid '11 2.7 i5 27" iMac
    -27" Cinema Display
    -iPad 16 gb

    I'm debating between going a few different ways...

    Keep iMac and get a MacBook Air to complement it that can also be used with the Cinema Display at times

    Sell iMac and get a loaded 15" MBP and use it with the Cinema Display at home (any real advantage to upgrading to TB?)

    Sell iMac and get a base Mac Pro with upgraded gaphics then load it up myself with SSD and 16+ GB ram. Use it with the Cinema Display. Continue using iPad for portable needs.

    I find that Lion makes having 2 displays less useful and one 27" screen seems to be enough.

    Any advice or other suggestions would be welcome.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000

    KylePowers

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    Wow, can your iMac that's not even a year old yet not handle your tasks? If it can, don't bother updating.

    If you need a portable solution, then yeah, selling your iMac and going with an MBP and ACD isn't a bad idea. A TBD (ATD?) would probably only be advantageous if you had some need to daisy chain TB devices. Never owned either though and found this in a different thread comparing the two:
     
  4. KingJosh macrumors 6502

    KingJosh

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    you won't want to do 3d on a laptop neither video and i cant speak for audio.
    Stick to your current mac and save your money. If you truly do need to upgrade I would get the mac pro and give it 32gb of ram with great gpu and 16 cores but you will go through a hell of a lot of cash for someone who i assume is not working as a professional yet. You will probably end up getting a job working for someone using their machines anyway. May as well save the money and put it toward a house.
     

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