Your wisdom please, which mac for me?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by unid, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. unid macrumors regular

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    So like a plethora of others I was waiting for the imac mehfresh,
    thinking that perhaps the updated version would be ideal for my needs.
    Now that has happened i am not so sure they are the best choice for me.

    I use macs at work for cad manufacturing design, however at home I have
    at present ˘cough˘ a 6 year old self build (windoze 2000pro) graphics workstation, with a crt monitor is on its last legs and a greybox that is just about dead.

    My requirements are principally a graphics workstation, but to break that down...

    —My principle activity with it will be with graphics i.e aperture, illustrator, indesign, photoshop, digital darkroom/photography (so colour matching/ high quality display is important).

    —My secondary activity will be video editing dv only at present) and rendering i.e fcp, premiere, after effects.

    —Lastly a minor but significant activity will be 3d rendering studiomax/maya.

    So which hardware and configuration would you recommend for these purposes, price is naturally a consideration (I live in the Uk) and having kit that will serve these purposes is the primary objective.

    I somewhat doubt i need a macpro for this, but I am here to garner your better judgment.
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I'm no designer, but from other designers I read posts from it's this where the iMac falls down as being viable. You're stuck with a screen that you cannot change, is glossy, and isn't the best out there.

    With budget being a consideration, I'd probably say look to getting the now "old" Mac Pro Octo 2.8 (at a discount since the new ones are out), and picking yourself a nice display of your choosing.

    Everything else you say you do would also benefit from the other advantages the Mac Pro brings. Your choice of multiple internal hard disks, plenty of room for huge amounts of RAM, and dedicated graphics.
     
  3. unid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice
    would you say the 15" mbp would also happily handle
    this kind of use?
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Yes that would work great too.
     
  5. unid thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok so it looks like the best option for me is either the macpro (penryn) + 24" acd
    or a mbp + 24" acd

    still waivering here and still saving hard earnt ££

    any other thoughts on this?
    Thanks
     
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The Mac Pro will piddle all over the MacBook Pro, not to mention the ability for improvements in future (RAM, hard disks, graphics).

    That being said, if you need a portable then you only have one choice.
     
  7. mls4444 macrumors newbie

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    if money is a factor, then why spend the extra $ on an ACD? There are lots of other displays out there for much less.
     
  8. unid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks
    yes my logical sway is now towards the pro
    and i realise there are cheaper displays and i may have to go that route
    however the acd seems like the dogs proverbial at present
    plus it will be of benefit in other ways my son has a mbp.

    any recommendations for buying a second user macpro in the uk
    aside from the refurb store?
     

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