Which Computer should I get: Apple Mac Pro or High end iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by studioffice101, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. studioffice101 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    Hello, I am a Photographer that is starting out. I need a desktop and I cant decide whether to get an iMac or a Mac Pro. I need to be able to run Photoshop and edit up to at least 12 Photos at a time. I want at least a 24" screen for sure and dont know whether to get a iMac or a Mac Pro and get a 24" Dell display. Any advice?
  2. msmth928 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2009
  3. studioffice101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    well i dont plan to buy right away, but about 2-3 grand
  4. MrLatte23 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2007
    RAM Requirements...

    Editing up to 12 photos at a time is pretty RAM intensive, so consider the max RAM that you can load into either machine. You get 4 GB max in the iMac, much, much more in a Mac Pro. Also, consider the expandability of a Mac pro.
  5. hehejames macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    If your budget allows $5, 899 + the cost to upgrade... buy the 2.93GHz 8-core. That's the best/simple response to your question.

    You can also refer to the following:

    Which pro for me?

    Buying a MAC PRO - Please help me decide on specs!

    Mac Pro - Previous Gen (Harpertown) VS Nehalem???

    24" iMac vs. Baseline Nehalem Quad

    And... there are more, but you can simply do a search and find more if needed.
  6. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    It's actually 8GB in the 09 iMac's.

    But for 2,000 to 3,000 USD an iMac is more in your budget. A good entry level Mac Pro like the 2.93Ghz Quad Core starts at 2,999.00 USD. Another option if you don't mind going the refurb route is to look at the 08 model Mac Pro's.
  7. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Jeez, I hate to make a monitor sound important (I feel like a skipping disc) but whatever route you go you do need to invest in a quality monitor (even getting a new iMac as, correct me if I am wrong, they have a Mini-DVI port). Personally, I would go with an NEC for work on a professional level - on your budget you could probably get away with an HP LP2475 ($530 from Provantage), but also take into account you should get a colour-calibrator as well; its all about colour-accuracy (mainly don't want to over-saturate images).

    Does your budget include $$ for programs, or did you allocate it separately?
  8. Morriss macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2008
    Also, take a look at refurbished 2008 8-core Mac Pro's. They are currently a better "bang for the buck" machine than the 2009 models. You have more upgrade options (ram, graphic cards, HD's) and it should be viable for a long time.
  9. osin macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    Going the Mac Pro way you have more RAM, at least 4 internal hard drives (good for backing up your data/photo library; also good for RAID0 for better performance in Photoshop, Lightroom etc - scratch disk), you can swap a graphic card in the future and you can choose the monitor...
  10. teohyc macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    Get the Mac Pro.

    I don't know if the glossy cuts it for a photographer. Try out at an Apple store and see for yourself, the gloss that is. Bring your photos.

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