Overall, mac questions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sleyeu, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. sleyeu macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2009
    hello, i am sure many of you have seen my posts of "omg what to buy!!!!!"

    but this is the final one! i promise!

    1. can a macbook pro low end 15" run iLife suite without any hiccups in speed? i really like this suite and it must run fast!

    2. I either buy a quad core i5 like now or wait for updates on mbp or imac, what should i do?

    3. I want to delve into photo editing for pictures and graphic design
    I also need this computer to last for like 3-4 years minimum but still being able to do photo editing and word processing and little game like OE Cake or monkey island. also a liitle bit of 3d work but i mean just making meshes in Blender 3D and maybe animating it on it's game engine. and i emphasise maybe on playing sims3 or spore.

    will 9400m suffice?

    4. will a mbp low end out perform a Dell Inspiron 530s with intel core 2 duo 2.33Ghz (E6550)
    2GB RAM
    Vista 32bit
    ATI Radeon HD 2400XT 256mb dedicated

    Will the mbp perform as well or better than this old dell bought about 3 years ago. I know that the iMac i5 will outperform it by alot.

    I do know about how the mbp will get updated soon so i will wait untill then to get it if i do.

    i really dont know what to do... i want to buy the imac i5 but i am scared it will be outdated by like a "mid 2010 imac 27" touch screen plus price reduction!"

    so what are your opinions?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    1. Yes, but as your iPhoto/iTunes libraries grow you might notice a slowdown.

    2. iMacs aren't getting refreshed any time soon. If you want a notebook you might want to wait, but it doesn't really matter.

    3. ...isn't a question.

    4. It'll beat the 3-year old Dell for sure. Probably minimal difference with the other depending on what you use it for.

  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    1. When it grows, you may notice some hiccups e.g. takes more time to open the app but it's normal.

    2. If you're going for iMac buy now but if you're going for MBP, wait.

    3. You want have a dedicated GPU if you're doing any 3D work as 9400M probably won't even work. I run Sims 3 at highest settings under OS X without problems

    4. There won't be huge difference but OS X is lighter than Vista and less buggy so overall performance should be better
  4. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...
    The low end 15" MBP will run iLife, beautifully. However, get 4GB of RAM to be certain.

    I suggest purchasing now; if the current MBPs meet your needs, why wait? Will your needs change drastically, or enough to warrant a brand new Mac?

    Honestly, I've never had buyer's remorse with any of my Macs; updates will happen, it's just a matter of inevitable time...

    Habitus :apple:
  5. sleyeu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2009
    ok thanks! the answer to number 2. made me less anxious so i think i might aswell get the i5, however can i justify the quad core upgrade if i keep doing what i do right now? is a quad core i5 really needed, i am highly affected by buyers remorse.

    i mean playing games, i have an xbox 360... so games arent really problems and i normally play really non demanding games...

    however, i love the imac 27" screen, it it just so great! if only i had a bottomless piggy bank filled to the brink. i have thought about getting an extra monitor but thats not going to help as that is more money spent and a laptop attached to a screen kills the idea of an all in one.

    i really want to cut down my spending on this mac so i can get some other stuff and i dont want this mac to distract me from work and stuff.

    i get distracted so easily, im sure ill catch myself just opening apps just to use the full screen of the mac.

    It is good to know that the mbp beats this dell because it is such a workhorse and if macs didnt exist (*gasp*) i would probably use this for a couple more years!

    and one last thing.

    i have to have peace of mind that this imac wont be updated too soon. Is updated at christmas time too much of a gap? i dont mind a minor spec bump, i learned to live with it but i mean a big update will annoy me soooo much.

    p.s. am i making sense?

    p.s.s. i edited my first post to give 3. a question lol and my graphcis card memory
  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    For any 3D stuff, you really, really want a decent graphics card because 3D stuff is demanding and e.g. 9400M would be a real bottleneck. Quad core also speeds up rendering and importing/exporting so your best bet would be i5/i7 iMac. Next iMac update will be minor so don't worry about that
  7. sleyeu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2009
    ok, you have convinced me...

    now i have to spend a little longer saving up for my other stuff... :(

    i should have in in like less than 2 weeks (woohoo no 3 week hold up!)

    should i post a thread on how amazing and how it doesnt have yellow tinge? *touch wood*

    oh.. and one more thing,

    thanks for your input!
  8. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If you want so, sure but there are threads like this already so you can use that one as well.

    And it's my pleasure to help :cool:
  9. sleyeu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2009
    ahh! interesting thread,

    reminds me that this imac im going to buy is probably an unopened week 50 ish i bet. Oh dear...

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