Which non-Apple desktop would you buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rawdawg, May 1, 2012.

  1. rawdawg, May 1, 2012
    Last edited: May 1, 2012

    rawdawg macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2009
    Hilarious it may come to this, but with the past sensabilities of Apple that at one time I valued I would like to ask this question here.

    I'm sick of waiting for Apple and imagine a PC would be cheaper anyhow. Being a loyal Mac user I've never owned a PC but Adobe's Creative Suite can do everything I need.

    Does anyone have an opinion of which desktop they would purchase strictly for video and photography work?

    Edit: I am not interested in building my own computer. Aside from hard drives additions I would like to deal with as little hardware maintenance as possible.
  2. Stewart21 macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2011
    South Yorkshire
    Me too, although I would try and build a hackintosh as I would want OSX as my operating system. If that wasn't possible I would use Linux. Anything apart from Windows.

  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    The last 2 non-Apple PCs I had were from HP and Dell. The Dell was bought used and was a lease turn-in machine. I found it to be more solid than what I could get retail and it was a fraction of the cost.

    It's really been a long time since I built my own PC. I grew sick of dealing with drivers and which AGP version was which and so forth so I started buying built up machines. I found my time to be more valuable than the money I saved by dealing with all of that especially when I counted time wasted answering so many questions during those stupid Windows installs. Until I got a Mac, it had never occurred to me that installing an OS could be largely unattended and I never had to worry about coming back to find there had been no measurable progress because I wasn't there to answer some question that popped up a mere 10 seconds after I walked away. To me it's all about the OS so I'd make sure whatever hardware build you pick is listed as compatible on a certain web site... cough cough insanely mac... cough cough.
  4. rawdawg thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2009
    Thanks for the replies. I should have mentioned I am not interested in building a computer since I absolutely hate dealing with maintenance issues. I've updated my original post.

    On a side note. If I go this route I will seriously regret spending all that time transcoding Flac to Apple Lossless and mkv to m4v..... Just another sad Tuesday realizing how much Apple disappoints me these days.
  5. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Just don't buy a consumer system. Buy a business computer, particularly one billed as a workstation (HP Z series workstation or Dell Precision Workstations are good choices). Typically better construction and parts, better warranty, better support, and (at least the last time I was doing it) no crapware.
  6. JoshBoy macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    I would go to a computer store where they build a white box to spec for you. It will be better priced and you can gear it specific for what you need
  7. MacSignal macrumors regular

    May 8, 2010
    From a mass manufacturer, I would suggest taking a look at Lenovo K series or Dell XPS. Beware of buying down, especially with Dell. Among the boutique builders, Origin might be a viable prospect. Good luck!
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    You have to answer more questions setting up an OEM PC nowadays than a vanilla Windows 7 install. Plus all the time saved not building the computer is lost uninstalling all the bloatware. I'd say it takes me less time to assemble a computer and get Win 7 installed than it does to get an OEM started and cleaned out.

    You can still use iTunes in Windows so all that Apple Lossless is still fine. As far as maintenance issues go a custom built PC with good quality parts will likely have far fewer than an OEM.

    This is definitely the way to go. Also stay away from Dell. Not that other brands are built any better. It's just since Dell often uses proprietary motherboard form factors. So if a it is out of warranty and being repaired you can't get a standard ATX board in there.

    If you buy a consumer model steer clear of Toshiba. They really load up your computer with crapware.
  9. wchp, May 1, 2012
    Last edited: May 1, 2012

    wchp macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    BTO PC's

    There are a couple of companies out there that will build custom PCs (with or without OS installed) e.g. Cyberpower. You can also power build a Dell.
    Bottom line though...
    A 27" wide gamut IPS display is going to set you back $1K add a i7 desktop processor, 16 gb ram and a SSD with a strip set for speed and a good high level graphics card AND add a 3 year warranty from any Vendor (~$200-300) and you could have just bought an iMac AND have a magic pad and magic mouse. I have sold over $8m of Dell hardware in the last year. We sell Dell to the enterprise but we all use MAC's. The best of all worlds with VMWare Fusion installed and Win7/Lion/Linux and a sigle box replaces three others. The MACs are not really more expensive. A Ultrabook equipped like and Air is within $150.
    Go to Cyberpower and build a PC that matches a well done BTO iMac27 and the gap wont be huge. If you are doing photography what you need to be most concerned with is the visible color gamut your primary display uses and how well you are able to match it to your your print profile.

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