suggestions for a Mac with respect to graphical capabilities?

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  1. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    I'm a PC user and I'm thinking of switching over. I've had limited experience with Macs over the past 2 years or so, mostly with G4 desktops. I'd be using the computer mostly for Adobe and Macromedia programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver etc. Anyway, the computers I've been looking at are the dual 1.8GHz G5 with the dual 512 SDRAM upgrade, and the 15" Superdrive G4 Powerbook. I know I'd be sacrificing some performance for portability with the laptop, but I was just wondering how significant a step down the G4 powerbook would be? My biggest concern is with performance while running multiple programs simultanously. On my POS PC, I can't even run Illustrator and Photoshop at the same time!:rant2:
     
  2. Achmiel

    Achmiel Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshi

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    I'd go with the G5 - it'll last you longer and it'll be easier to upgrade down the road... Only get teh PowerBook if you can max it out w/ RAM and HD space...
     
  3. acabrera

    acabrera Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

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    if you're going to be working a lot with things like PS, I'd get the desktop. It's more comfortable to work on for that type of stuff.
     
  4. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    thanks for the responses. if I were to go about buyin a G5, what's the cheapest way besides ebay? I can already get a 10% student discount with my college ID, but is there any way I can possibly knock off another few bucks?
     
  5. acabrera

    acabrera Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

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    pay $99 to become a student developer and you get 20% off.

    you need to figure out if the math is worth it.
     
  6. Rick

    Rick New Member

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    Is that off everything?
     
  7. CailYoung

    CailYoung OT Supporter

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    The developer discount is a once-per-membership deal, from what i've heard.
     
  8. decibel

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    I've got the dual 1.8 G5 right now. it's super :bigthumb:
     
  9. Bolicious

    Bolicious Handleobraese

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    I have both a 15" PB and a 2.0 DG5 PM. The PB is great, but then you get on the PM and the PM really makes a great difference. Granted, I'm working with dual G5 processors vs. 1 G4. I would never settle for less then Dual G5 processors when it comes to graphics related program usage. But then, this is the way I make a living.
     
  10. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    If I were you, I'd...

    *looks at date of OP*

    uhh...nevermind.
     
  11. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    yeah...thanks for the advice though guys. I listened. I ended up with the dual 1.8GHz G5 with a 1.28GB memory upgrade. It's somewhat overkill for what I'm doing, but I love it. :bigthumb:
     
  12. StealthMode

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    Having overhead is good, especially in this world where new and better is always around the corner, you will be able to handle the newer programs better. :) I got a PB first because I needed to be able to take it to and from school and work. Now I can get a desktop, then I'll be set :hsd:
     
  13. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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