What kind of Apple should I look into?

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  1. GT40

    GT40 lol

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    I changed my major to graphic design and I want to get a Mac.

    Criteria:
    Ram: 512MB+ (preferrably 1 GB)
    Good with art programs, minor video editing, and minor gaming
    Superdrive (preferrably)
    Budget: ~2k for everything (display, keyboard, mice, computer, etc)

    Portability isn't a necessity but isn't ruled out.

    What do you folks recommend? A Powerbook, iMac, or what...?

    Thanks :)

    PS. I'm a student so I do get a student discount (10% I think it is)
     
  2. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    I'd say iMac or PowerBook.
     
  3. GT40

    GT40 lol

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    That's what I'm looking at. The iMac would be a little faster but I like the Powerbook a tab bit more. With the Powerbook, though, you can't customize as much on the 12 inch as the 15 inch, ie: video memory, memory, etc

    A 15 inch Powerbook with the 1.67 GHz and memory I'd want would run me 2,324 before tax though :hs:
     
  4. colosodian

    colosodian Next Gen

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    imac seems the perfect fit.

    graphic design on a powerbook, would get old quick, if you dint pick up extra mouse, keyboard, display.

    I think you would love the 20" imac.
     
  5. Bolicious

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    PowerMac hands down. I do graphic art design professionally for at least 10 hours a day. I have 2 PowerMacs.

    There is no other way IMO. Dual processors ftw
     
  6. GT40

    GT40 lol

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    :cool:

    1GB DDR400 SDRAM (PC3200) - 2x512
    • Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5
    • 160GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm
    • ATI Radeon 9650 w/256MB DDR SDRAM
    • 16x SuperDrive double-layer (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • Apple Keyboard & Apple Mouse - U.S. English
    • Mac OS X - U.S. English

    Estimated Ship:
    2-4 business days

    Free Shipping

    Subtotal $1,934.00

    Would this be good? I upgraded the video card and memory up one notch. Also may get the Mighty mouse as well.


    Would I be able to eventually swap out the memory for more if I ever wanted? I'm new to Macs :o :sad2:
     
  7. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    dont buy ram from them. its overpriced. save the money and upgrade other parts
     
  8. Bolicious

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    That is the same one i have at home but they have since down graded the memory slots and a few other things since dropping it to the bottom of the line. But, nothing to get concerned about at all. If you haven't purchased yet, don't get memory upgrades from Apple. Buy it from NewEgg.com. Way cheaper. I spent less then $200 for an additional 2 gig of RAM after I got the CPU. Putting in new memory is cake. No tools required. Push a switch in the back, and the aluminum panel comes off, then the glass aero panel pulls off and pop out the two 256 sticks and you will have 4 slots to fill up. If you get 512 sticks or higher and only get 2 sticks, you will but the larger sticks in the middle 2 spots and the 256 sticks in the outer 2 spots.

    BTW, RAM makes a HUGE improvement. As gay as it looks with it's little clit, I really do like the mighty mouse a lot.

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  9. untoastytoast

    untoastytoast The Glory Days

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    another vote for a 20" imac
     
  10. Halon X

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    Dasani Much?
     
  11. Bolicious

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    Very much :yum:

    More pics of av? :x:
     
  12. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    that setup is great, but you still don't have a monitor. I'd highly suggest the dual 2.0 G5 but if you still need a monitor, and a good one at that, just get the 20" iMac G5 and max it out.
     
  13. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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  14. GT40

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    I'll use an extra monitor I have at my house until I can afford a display. A Powermac is very appetizing (sp?) right now :)
     
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    GT40 lol

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    That's your call. I have yet to upgrade the video card on a Mac so I couldn't tell you what all is entailed. What I can say is that have pulled out a few components like the optical drive and such and everything is a snap to get in and out. No tools required on any of it.
     
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    Final Cut and Photoshop are both very CPU intensive apps, they rely on the CPU much more than they do the video card, especially when it comes to renderring. Playing with filters in Final Cut or using a product such as Apple Motion will tax more of your video card, especially Motion.

    My suggestion would be to spend the extra $50 to upgrade to the ATI Radeon 9650 with 256MB. 128MB on the standard card is still plenty sufficient to get the job done. Video editing and porn also take up a lot of disk so you might also want to consider the $75 and upgrade to the $250. 2GB of RAM sounds about right.

    If you decided to upgrade your video card later, it's very easy and can be done in less than 5 minutes if you know what you are doing... the first time, like sex usually takes a little longer as you are fumbling your way through it.
     
  18. GT40

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    I'm think I'll do the 50 dollar upgrade for the video card. Where would I look for a new video card if I was to eventually swap it out?

    I won't be doing too much video work but maybe a tab bit
     
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    If you are not doing much video work, 128MB will be fine. I would still suggest doubling your video ram for the $50.

    I bought mine from the Applestore. Fry's also usually has an OK selection if you have one by you. For an online purchase, apple.com or macmall.com
     
  20. tenplanescrashing

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    pay the extra $50 to upgrade the card. once you do that, you probably won't ever need to upgrade it (its a dual DVI output card too). 2gb of ram will do you just fine. Im using 2gb and it runs like a champ!
     

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