A&P So, I'm due for a Computer Change v. What Should I get

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  1. aCab

    aCab New Member

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    So here's the deal - I've got two black macbooks that I'm starting to get tired of. I'm really wanting to upgrade to the MBP. Do you think I should sell both and get a MBP and have some cash lying around for lenses or a nice external monitor, or should I buy a 24" iMac and a some sort of netbook for when I travel?
     
  2. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    Does it have to be Mac?
     
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    xconverge OT Supporter

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    I keep debating on selling my macbook pro and getting an msi wind. I think I would regret it though due to lightroom/final cut usage. I have a powerful desktop but I can't justify not having this power just incase
     
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    I just build myself a nice computer with all the new goodies...Intel i7 >*
     
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    i'd prefer it to be. I'm not against building something that runs OS X really stably though.
     
  6. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    You can probably build a nice desktop and buy a decent monitor for less than the 24" iMac, but I don't know anything about running OSX on it. If you absolutely need a good monitor, I don't think a PC + Dell Ultrasharp will be any cheaper than the iMac. :dunno:
     
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    As I get deeper into photo/design/video stuff, I really need a good monitor and graphics card. I like my macbook a lot, but the monitor is killing me and the graphics card gets tied up running Adobe Premiere Pro, even on 4gb of ram. :o
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    MBP for portable.

    New Mac Mini if the rumors are right :coold: and you only want to spend ~700.

    iMac is supposedly due for an update as well.

    Eitherway, i'd wait until "Snow Leopard" is official.
     
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    i'm about to sell my blackbook and build a pc :o
     
  10. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    Looks like the best graphics card you can get on the iMac is the 8800GS, I don't know if they are swappable with a card you want to put in, but I wouldn't consider that card powerful at all. You can get a C2D or C2Q + HD4850 and a 24" ultrasharp for around the same price as the base 24" iMac.

    disclaimer

    I'm not trying to push PC on you here, but if the 8800 isn't enough for you, I'd look in to alternatives rather than settling.
     
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    I don't care so much about the mac aesthetics, but I am in fucking love with the OS. :o
     
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    macworld is tomorrow, they are likely to do speed bumps and maybe a 17" unibody macbook pro

    sounds like that may be a good choice for you :dunno:
     
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    ask yourself how often would you REALLY use a laptop, as opposed to a desktop.

    I always opt for a desktop.. however i had some extra $$ and got a laptop a year ago. And sure enough, i'm hardly ever on that damn thing :wtc:

    oh and apple FTW :bowdown:
     
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    that 17" will probably be way to expensive for me though. Plus, i dont think it'd be portable enough either.
     
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    that's why I was wanting a desktop and a netbook. I really need the computing power of a desktop for most of my work. A netbook would be great for traveling. :dunno:
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    What would you guys recommend for a vid card on a regular PC? (Going to rebuild my PC around the video card/monitor)
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    for what purpose?
     
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    I went with a cheap vid card that has dual monitor support. I was like an 8800gt or some 8X00 gt series

    and I can not help you decide with laptop/ desktop to choose.
     
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    i love love love love my 24" iMac with 4 gigs of ram
     
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    That is my exact logic. But that also gives up lightroom/final cut/flash on my laptop really, and I don't think I can do that yet
     
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    Just get the MBP and be done with it. You wont regret it.
     
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    an iMac and netbook will likely cost close to the same thing :dunno:
     
  24. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    I have a decent desktop that I do all my pp on. Mainly just LR and minor PS work. I did need a laptop though, so I went out and just bought a dell XPS, ibhate. I love the thing. Its a 15.4" 2.4ghz, 4gb ram, 250gb 7200rpm hd, 8600gt(meh) and ultra high res screen. The screen is the same res as my 24" dell ultrasharp. Its powerful enough if I need to do some editing on the road and I dont think its any slower than my desktop.

    Just my .02
     
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    planning to get the mbp myself.
    imac is nice but with an external 24", the mbp is a powerful enough home workstation. and i still have the ability to be mobile if i choose to be.
     

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