cuteangeleyez31 wrote in post #11387025
i have to ask...what is considered heavy editing? forgive me, i'm a newbie
If you plan on using Aperture 3, it uses the video card as well as the CPU to do it's work. That means, the work will be split between the two. The reason I'm mentioning this is because if you plan on going the Adobe direction (Lightroom), it does not take full advantage of the video card and will require a little more CPU power to accomplish it's tasks. If you go with Aperture, you can get by with either an i5 MBP or i5 iMac, but if you went the Lightroom direction then I would go for the i7 (for either/both). In addition, if you want the power of Photoshop, but are not ready to put in the hours (and hours) it will take to learn it, I would highly recommend Pixelmator (link). It's powerful to the point of being a real Photoshop alternative and better, it relies heavily on the video card for rendering. That means, again, an i5 will be sufficient. 8GB of RAM and a fast HDD are always good no matter which you choose though.