Up and Coming Artist- MBP, Current iMac i7, or WAIT?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by PJ-Graphix, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. PJ-Graphix macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    hello, i have been lurking for a while, anticipating the new iMac release just like everyone else.... a bit frustrating to say the least. I'd like to start doing some freelance graphic arts, as well as build upon my portfolio in the MASSIVE amount of free time that i am WASTING doing absolutely nothing. i am not being productive at all and it is frustrating knowing i cannot do anything about it....

    Now, i am running a 533 MHz PowerPC G4 thats running Tiger 10.4.11........ yea, i am way behind on current tech, i know.. it is god-awfully slow and i can barely do anything on it to the point that it drains the motivation of even trying on it. watching any type of video is out of the question as well, as it refuses to accommodate even a simple youtube video without horrible lag..

    I use the Adobe line of products, focusing on Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator and also Painter11. I do 2D animations on Flash and am getting into actionscript to try and make flash games. I also use a Wacom Intuos tablet to draw. my ultimate goal would be to start making apps for the ipod/iphone/ipad and everything i do from this point will gear towards getting to that goal as quickly and efficiently as possible.

    I would also like to meddle in video editing in the near future as i play the ukulele as a hobbyist but will likely be uploading videos in the near future...

    my question is, with what i need it for, as i plan on doing doing as much freelance as possible and have many potential clients i have been giving the run-around to..... is it logical to continue waiting for a "possible" imac refresh/update, get the current imac with the best specs available, or get a macbook pro or macbook air?

    i would like my machine to last me for the beginning of my profession career. and i am ready to start the second my machine touches my desk.

    sorry if this is just another slice of the same pie
  2. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    If it's your livelihood, you should favor getting a refurb over waiting the likely 2.5 months for new iMacs.

    If graphics/ video is your thing, you'd want 27" and discrete graphics card.

    15" MBP + ATD or 27" iMac would do the job. Note that even though it's last years model the graphic performance on the top iMac is still a bit better than on the MBP. MBP is much better than the base 27" iMac. Also, whether you want the retina model depends on how often you would work away from your display and/or if you want an SSD.
  3. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    Given how old your machine is, I would say maybe a refurb iMac, or a MacBook Pro if you need portability. Either one will be 20 times faster that your current machine....an iPad would be faster than your current machine, haha.

    Are you ready for it in terms of apps? You might need to shell out a lot on that, since everything you've got now is PPC.
  4. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2007
    Most people waiting around don't need the latest, they just want the latest. You actually need to upgrade - so buy one now. The latest model will not make your art any better and you're losing business doing nothing.
  5. PJ-Graphix thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    like everyone else's main fear, i also dislike the possibility of buying a 2011 imac only to have the 2012 version be released... in the field i am going into, is it smarter to get a MBP and then couple it with the 2012 whenever i have the funs, or is a desktop so vital that i should go for the 2011 imac?

    money is not an issue as i have the amounts i need saved already. i just dont want to make a bad investment is all. so i am weighing my options and waiting till at least end of july
  6. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2007
    What's more important, mobility or screen? Doing art I would say screen is the most important. But I don't know how much you run around showing your stuff. You know, even the 21 inch iMac is plenty for what you're doing and they're a good deal, especially refurbished.

    Knowing what we do I would say: Get a decent 27" iMac and upgrade the memory yourself.

    Here's a cool idea to confuse you, buy a refurbished 13" Macbook Pro and a $200 23" HD monitor. It would rock the house!

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