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Old 04-26-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...wf6pZO/11.?p=0

thats pretty much as good as you can get with the iMac. im going into graphic design at college this fall and the campus is mac based, so it will be used for the software that is in adobe's design premium suite.

should i go with a mac pro and upgrade the graphics card, or will the 256mb ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO be good enough
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For that price, I would purchase a Mac Pro.

Usually, Adobe relies more on the processor rather than the GPU.
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I agree with 01001010. I would say that you should get a notebook anyway. You say that you are going to graphic design, so you will want to take all your project around with you. Plus, why do u need 4GB of ram? Do you just have money to burn or something?

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Old 04-26-2008, 11:32 PM   #4
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It's always good to max out on RAM.
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It's always good to max out on RAM.
Agreed. It's usually cheaper just to pay upgrade costs now, than to buy more later.
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Actually, let me rephrase that. It's better to max out on RAM from a third party. All manufactures, especially Apple overcharge on RAM upgrades.
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Actually, let me rephrase that. It's better to max out on RAM from a third party. All manufactures, especially Apple overcharge on RAM upgrades.
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for the adobe suite i'd recommend mac pro as well, macbook pros arent too bad, but it just depends on your needs. Graphics is a must dealing with anything creative, generally speaking.
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Graphics is a must dealing with anything creative, generally speaking.
It depends what kind of field you're looking into. For example, Adobe Photoshop doesn't really rely on the GPU as it does the CPU.
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I'd opt for the MBPro like most have suggested already. You'll get mobility, power, and a good processor to handle the work. I've had experience with Macbooks, Macbook Pros, and XPS laptops and the MBPros handled everything smoothly.
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thank you for all the replies. the adviser had a recommended setup page on apple for education page, but it was outdated, and the specs werent available anymore, such as just 3 gig, and the nvidia card. and it will just be adobe photoshop/indesign/illustrator, and some flash. she also suggested against the notebooks, as it will "probly get stolen on this campus" lol. and i can just use an ipod to transfer files, so i wont need the portability.

can anyone spec out a mac pro that would be sufficient? not too over the top, but not just the minimum that would get me by either
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All I know is, 5 a day keeps the doc....oh, that kind of Apple...

If they do a dual core in laptops, it may be worth going for that.
For graphic designand such though, unless you are playing games, a top notch graphics card probably isn't needed, but if your doing any kind of 3D based work, then a good card will push a lot more polys, and so increase your work flow, and so is probably advised (No need to get an 8800 or anything though)
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thank you for all the replies. the adviser had a recommended setup page on apple for education page, but it was outdated, and the specs werent available anymore, such as just 3 gig, and the nvidia card. and it will just be adobe photoshop/indesign/illustrator, and some flash. she also suggested against the notebooks, as it will "probly get stolen on this campus" lol. and i can just use an ipod to transfer files, so i wont need the portability.

can anyone spec out a mac pro that would be sufficient? not too over the top, but not just the minimum that would get me by either

Check out this link:

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...ly/macbook_pro

The entry-level Pro will be sufficient for your needs. Its got a 200GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, and a great processor. If you want to upgrade the RAM, you can always buy it from an aftermarket seller, as Apple really rips you off.
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