Switching from Pc to iMac or Mbp

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dolphinton, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Dolphinton macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I am new to this forum. I currently have a pc with windows 7 which is really driving me nuts. I had been thinking about getting an iMac and was hoping for new ones to be announced recently. My question is, as a professional photographer does the Mbp have the processing power to handle all the associated programmes that go with it, I would intend using it with my current Eizo monitor. Or do I wait and see if and when new iMacs get announced?
    Many thanks in advance to any thoughts.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes.
     
  3. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    Why is Windows 7 driving ou nuts? I tought it was suposed to be the stable version of Windows.

    Anywyas, the retina MBP will be your choice. Even when they release a new iMac, its processing power will be the same as rMBP and the macbook has teh advantage of being portable, besides the retina display. It can also power a external monitor.
     
  4. Acidglaze macrumors member

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    What is causing your windows 7 machine to drive you crazy?
     
  5. Dolphinton thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It may be not the Windows OS that is the problem, perhaps it is just my particular machine, it crashes consistently, whether under load or not, and despite sending it back to the shop where I got it from they cannot seem to resolve the issue.

    The machine is not that old, two years at most and I guess I have simply lost faith it.
    I had a mac laptop years ago and spoke to a fellow photographer who only had good things to say about the mac (macpro) he has.

    I have a really good Eizo monitor which puts me off buying the iMac but I don't think it justifies the extra to go to mac pro, I was intending to use the Eizo as a second monitor for the iMac or Mbp.
     
  6. Dolphinton thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mbp Spec

    If I was to go down the route of a Mbp, what would be an ideal spec? Given that most of the post production would take place using the external monitor (most seem to agree that the Mbp screen is too small) at home, is it necessary to have the retina display?
    Would this refurb do the job?

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Quad-core Intel i7
    Originally released October 2011
    15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    750GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6770M

    I guess all I want to know is what spec do I need to run Cs5, lightroom, video editing etc and an external monitor. I'm not interested in gaming etc.

    Again, many thanks for your thoughts.
     
  7. MrAnthonySutton macrumors newbie

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    Dang, this is the exact one I was going to buy when I got my money from school! But besides the fact, this would be good enough for you. I would suggest upgrading to an SSD which is a lot faster then a typical hard drive, and then buying an external hard drive which I assume you have if you are a photographer.
     
  8. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    That's a great machine, and buying refurbished is the way to go. I think you'll be very happy with that one.

    As others have suggested, upgrading to a SSD is a huge quality of life improvement, assuming you store your projects on external drives. You can buy the bare drive from OWC or Newegg, and have it installed by an Apple-authorized retailer to preserve your warranty.
     
  9. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    two years running windows and crashing now…sounds about right. go Mac

    I recommend then getting a MacMini or a macbook, you can power the monitor from a macbook.

    If you are a photographer, getting the rMBP will be your dream machine.
     
  10. ZacT94 macrumors regular

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    Your best bet is to get the rMBP, not only for the display, but also for the option to get more screen real estate, as well as the fast SSD.
     
  11. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    I wouldn't bother with the rmbp. As you already have a pro Eizo screen, just get a mbp. I work with a number of photographers and they all use this set up. Use the Eizo for the photoshop work and use the mbp for your pallets etc. that way you get to use all of the screen with the photo you are editing.
    You may need to buy an adaptor cable though as I'm not sure the Eizo ships with a mini display port cable which I think you would need.
     
  12. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like the OP needs to reformat his Windows machine with a clean install of 7. Works wonders. And sorry to burst your bubble, it's not just a PC thing; I just recently had to reformat my MBP because I was constantly getting beach balls and random crashes - a clean re-install fixed everything. I agree, though, that it is nowhere near the problem for Mac OS that it is for Windows, even Win 7. :)
     
  13. bf2008 macrumors member

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    Hi, yeah, first it seems you just need to reinstall your Windows PC.
    And then, welcome to the long list of users who would like a mid-tower mac. The mini is too underpowered, the iMac comes with a monitor we don't need, and the Mac Pro is overkill.
     
  14. Dolphinton thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks for all your thoughts and comments, I'll try a re-install and see how I get on with that.

    If no joy then I'll look at a refurb with an SSD, I store all my work images on a Drobo so storage is not an issue.

    Thanks again.
     
  15. Destroysall macrumors 65816

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    An SSD will help a lot! Another thing to do is to delete anything you don't use any more or will never use. Also make sure you install any updates using 'Windows Update'.
     
  16. Shade12 macrumors regular

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    I do have hp laptop dv6 windows 7 had it for a year or so its great but it warns up that you can't even touch the keyboard plus they don't update the video card sometimes it crashes and recovers.
     
  17. Destroysall macrumors 65816

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    It could be your laptop's fans are dirty and need cleaning. Or it could even be that you need a notebook cooler. Either would help for sure. :)
     
  18. chiguy20002 macrumors member

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    I recently came from a Windows PC to a MacBook. I actually had two Window 7 Laptops, the first one was an HP which lasted just over a year, then started crashing and blue screening. I had reformated and did a clean install of Windows 7 and it still blue screened. Then one day it decided to stop working, so I ended up getting a new Windows 7 laptop, which was a Toshiba. This one is much more reliable than the first, and still works now, but I was going back to school for Web Development / Web Design, and I was told that the Adobe Suites would run better on a Mac rather than on a PC, so I got a MacBook Pro.

    I would rather work on my MBP than my Toshiba Laptop, OSX seems to run better and more stable than Windows 7 and Windows 7 ran very well. It may also just be better hardware also.

    If you don't need portability, iMac. If you need portability MBP. If you value lightness and portability over everything else, MBA. I chose MBP over MBA because I wanted portability and more power, as well as upgradability.
     
  19. Shade12 macrumors regular

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    Where can I get a note book cooler
     
  20. Destroysall macrumors 65816

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    Newegg sells a plethora of notebook coolers with most, if not all, having reviews.

    Hope that helps!:)
     
  21. macnerd93 macrumors 6502a

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    Frankly with all the photographic software for the Mac like Aperture along with tons of plugins & whatnot and being a photographer too I wouldn't even consider windows as an option. Aperture 3.0 runs flawless on my 2009 MBP and I'm dual screening it with a 27'' LED 3D display.
     
  22. RedCroissant Suspended

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    That's the same machine that I have and it's awesome.
     

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