What computer for optimal Student Use, Graphic Design?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by G5Unit, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

    G5Unit

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    I'm a student currently in 11th grade and I believe it's time to upgrade.

    My current computer is a PowerMac G5 Single 1.8Ghz and it just doesn't seem to cut it anymore.

    As I do a lot of work in CS3 and After Effects, what mac would best be optimal for me needs?

    I already own a 24 inch screen, but that, and along with the PowerMac, can be sold if necessary.

    I just haven't really been able to keep up since the Intel days began so I figured I'd ask here:)

    My budget is essentially $2000, though that's no fixed.


    Thank you!
     
  2. cosmokanga2 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in the Exact same boat as you. I've been saving for 1.5 years for the MBP and can't wait for the new ones. I go to the Apple stores every couple months though to "Get my fix", but soon I need a permanent one.
     
  3. nidserz macrumors 6502a

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    I would wait for the new MBP. It will serve ur needs, last long, and adds portability.
     
  4. mariotheotaku macrumors regular

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    Agreed. I am also going for Web and Graphic Design and a MBP will be a good choice. I got one and its been great so far.
     
  5. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I don't do graphic design, but the MBP is a sweeeeet machine. It should suit your needs beautifully. Or if you're looking for a desktop, the iMac could work well for ya.
     
  6. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    Go for either the MacBook to save some cash or rather the MBP.
     
  7. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've been thinking the same thing with the iMac, yet it hasn't been upgraded in a while...
     
  8. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You can get a first generation Mac Pro for under $2,000 on eBay, spending some time hunting you can get alot for $2,000. Increased memory, more hard drives, sometimes even Applecare. You can also get a refurb quad core 2.8GHz from Apple for $2,000 when they have them.
     

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