Replacing Macs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mjbushnell, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. mjbushnell macrumors newbie

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    I've got 2 older Macs, a 2007 MacPro desktop & a 2008 MacBook Pro.
    It's come time to replace them, especially since the MacPro will not run the latest OS X (it's topped out at 10.7.5) & its 1tb hard drive is almost maxed out. I'm wondering if it is worth it to get a larger hard drive for it.

    I've found that the 15" MacBook Pro is too large & heavy to cart around on a regular basis (especially after working with an iPad I for the last few years & recently upgrading that to an iPad Air).

    I'm trying to decide which route to go. I'm going to a railroad historical convention at the end of July (Union Pacific Railroad Historical Society in Ogden, UT) & if I go the 13" Macbook Pro route, I would like to get one prior to that trip. In addition to the convention, I plan on taking an additional week off & do some exploring around UT & ID, looking for a possible retirement location when that time comes in 2 1/2 - 3 years (hopefully).

    The other option is to get a new MacPro. As they have just come out after an extensive update, I am hesitant to get one right away (I'd rather wait for an upgrade or two). And they are expensive!

    As far as uses for a new computer, other than general use, I do quite a bit of photography, using Adobe Photoshop CS6 (I am hesitant to make the jump to Creative Cloud). Most of my digital images are shot with a Nikon D700, shot in raw format. I also use a Canon Powershot SD900 Point & Shoot for JPEG images when the Nikon is too big & cumbersome. Other images are 35mm slides that are scanned in using a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 or 2 1/4 square B&W negatives scanned in using an Epson Perfection 2450 Photo Scanners.

    Thanks for any ideas.
    Mark
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Personally I would sell both Macs and get a top of the line 13" Retina MacBook Pro with a good display and dock at home.
     
  3. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    If you go with just a laptop, disk space will be a significant problem if you want to have most of your files with you. If you're ok with using external drives then a high end 13" MBP will work ok and be very portable. My older MBP with an external monitor does a decent job as a desktop. I personally hate dealing with two personal machines and syncing files between them. I prefer to find one device that can do the job.
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    A Thunderbolt hard drive would work well, or even an NAS.
     
  5. mjbushnell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    My guess is that for the time being, I would go with a 13" MacBook Pro. I will probably get some kind of external drive, at least for use while at home. At that point, I will have to figure out where & which files I want to keep on the internal drive (& including what size internal drive to get) and which files to keep on the external drive.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    A Thunderbolt drive would work well, but a USB 3.0 drive would be more than adequate and is much more affordable. You could also look at a NAS option.
     
  7. blanka macrumors 68000

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    MacPro is overkill for your work. A quad Mini with a great display such as a Dell U2713HM is perfect for your photographic needs, yet it costs about the same as a slower 21inch iMac.
    You can put quite a bit of storage in the Mini, and have fast disk access too. It is the only Mac that allows DIY installation of storage capable of 1GB/s read/write.
     
  8. Nunojfg macrumors newbie

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  9. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

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    what 2007 MP do you have? A maxed out MBA scores higher than a quad core 2009 MP on single core tests on GeekBench - and almost as well on multi core.

    Seven years is a long time...
     

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