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Hobby to New Biz: Computer/Monitor Help Needed

 
thelensandeye
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Nov 18, 2010 15:24 |  #1

I’m in the process of starting a photography business and I’m looking to purchase a new computer and monitor. I currently have all Macs and I’m interested in what the professionals are using these days, as I haven’t purchased a new Mac since 2007.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!


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Nov 18, 2010 15:40 |  #2

The 27" i7 iMac or the Mac Pro would be ideal choice if you plan to stick with Macs.


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Nov 18, 2010 22:52 |  #3

Still using an octo 2008 Mac Pro for the big projects and an i7 MBP for everything else. Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5 for the photo work. The current i7 iMac's are pretty powerful. Even the i5 would be fine for most people.


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Nov 21, 2010 07:32 |  #4

If you want speed, the macs have been shown to be way outdone by current PC offerings.

My PC (see below) is benching well above the top of the range dual processor mac pro desktops. And all of that gear is relatively cheap compared to other options!


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Nov 21, 2010 07:54 |  #5

Time for my 2 cents. PC vs Mac, both are powerful, both are fast. I have 7 PCs and two Macs. I built 2 of the PCs and the others are laptops (Sony, HP, Toshiba) and one tower (HP). 1 PC still works (one of the ones I built myself), both Macs still work. With the PCs, you name it, motherboard failure, HD failure, virus. All of my laptops have had battery issues except one of the macs.

Now, PC always claims to be cheaper and for average systems they are. Best Buy will be glad to remove all the trial software on your PC for you and you get OS and thats about it. All software on the Mac are full license.

If you want to go full on power you can compare a PC Workstation with the Mac Pro. I compared an HP recently mentioned in one of the Photo magazines that ran Quad-core, 12GB ram, 1 SSD and 1 512GB drive. It was just over $5K. Compared a similar Mac Pro and it was a few dollars difference.

If you want to go all out in speed I have yet to see a PC that offers 12-core Xeon system with up to 32GB, and four bays for SSD or up to 2TB drives that could be installed by my 13 year old daughter. If you want to know what I mean, by that check out their website on the Mac Pro to see how easy it is to upgrade at any time.


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Nov 21, 2010 10:05 |  #6

thelensandeye wrote in post #11308093external link
I’m in the process of starting a photography business and I’m looking to purchase a new computer and monitor. I currently have all Macs and I’m interested in what the professionals are using these days, as I haven’t purchased a new Mac since 2007.

The i7 iMac is plenty. It will give you plenty of speed and a great H-IPS display. But you'll have to be able to control the ambient light because it's glossy. For US$2000 it's tough to beat. If you want to go from the stock 4 gb RAM to 8 gb, buy third-party, such as from Other World Computing. Just be sure to have a good backup system. I have a Time Machine external drive as primary and make weekly (sometimes longer when I'm lazy) Carbon Copy Cloner backups that I keep off site.


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Nov 22, 2010 06:40 |  #7

haha; kit computers.
High end computer, check your budget, stick to your budget.
Walk into computer store near you, (more the better, as you can get an average cost), and ask them if they do custom builds.
Sure they may hate it when you ask, but dont forget, they still need the sale; dont be scared to let them know you know nothing, and that you just looking at prices and shop around.

Reason why they hate it when people ask, as it comes down to a heap of questions
What you plan on doing with it
Your budget
What Operating system you want to work with
And thats just the tip of the ice-burg.

But, if oyu like, and you know a computer person/geek as we are known, then go talk to them; as basically a good gaming PC = good photography PC (frame rate and RAM all play apart)




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thelensandeye
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Nov 23, 2010 09:38 as a reply to fr0sty's post |  #8

Thanks everyone for their time and responses, I really appreciate it.

I'll be staying with Mac and the i7 will be my choice.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Nov 25, 2010 08:34 |  #9

Good choice. I hope you budget can afford the 27" if you go with the iMac. It is well worth it when it comes to viewing and editing your photos.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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