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Nov 16, 2012 16:29 |  #1

Well I have been a PC guy through and through until I started buying Mac laptops a couple of years ago... I think I am finally going to take the plunge and get an iMac... Just wanted some thoughts...

Right now I am running a PC with an i7 950 processor. I have 6 gigs of ram and have Dual 24 inch monitors...

Let me say I love the dual 24's... I am kind of scared of going back to a single monitor (although it would be the 27 inch)

The reason I want to make the switch is to get full utilization out of photoshop and the new bamboo tablet that I ordered. Right now I am using mostly LR4 and plugins but I want to start using CS6 more and more.

How will the speed of the new iMac 27 inch with the i7 upgraded processor will compare to my current computer? You think this computer will last me another 5 years or ago?

I have upgraded my PC several times with more ram and a faster processor so I don't like the idea of not being able to upgrade my iMac in the future...

Any and all thoughts appreciated.

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Nov 16, 2012 16:33 |  #2

I did it and LOVE my imac 27in . i5 processor. Wow what a difference using cs5 and lr4 . Do it and you will not be sorry.


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Nov 16, 2012 16:53 |  #3

I'm thinking about getting the i7 and the fusion drive just hope it doesn't break the bank.


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Nov 16, 2012 17:10 |  #4

We converted from Windows to rMBPs this spring. We are very glad we made the move. They are great machines to use in the field for file collection and editing and to replace the desktops at home.




  
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Nov 16, 2012 17:58 |  #5

barrett14 wrote in post #15254501 (external link)
The reason I want to make the switch is to get full utilization out of photoshop and the new bamboo tablet that I ordered. Right now I am using mostly LR4 and plugins but I want to start using CS6 more and more.


How is having a Mac going to help you get more out of Photoshop and a tablet?

I've used both under OS-X and Windows and there is, wait for it, NO Difference! :eek::eek::eek:


The i7 in the new iMac is a little bit more powerful than the i7 in your current desktop, however if your running multiple hard drives in your desktop then it is actually the faster machine as the single disc in the iMac is not able to feed enough data to the CPU to make full use of it.
Apples hybrid drive, called Fusion, will get around some of that, but only for data that is frequently accessed.

You can run a second monitor off the iMac, but it requires an adapter via one of the thunderbolt ports, or it needs to be a new Apple Cinema display.

Also remember that when it is time to upgrade the iMac you have to replace everything, including the nice monitor. This is a problem with all All In One type designs, as is the lack of the ability to upgrade internals, other than Ram.


If you really want to improve your computing experience you could replace the board and CPU in your current computer and add a couple of SSD's. Would cost a lot less than buying an iMac and give you a faster system.


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Nov 17, 2012 00:49 |  #6

If you dont want to downgrade from dual monitors (it WILL be a massive downgrade, going to one monitor) and dont like not being able to upgrade....

What is switching going to get you?


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Nov 17, 2012 03:44 |  #7

thedge wrote in post #15255751 (external link)
If you dont want to downgrade from dual monitors (it WILL be a massive downgrade, going to one monitor)

...What? The recent iMacs have two thunderbolt ports, you could have a triple monitor setup running if you wanted to. OP won't be able to use his old monitors though.

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How will the speed of the new iMac 27 inch with the i7 upgraded processor will compare to my current computer? You think this computer will last me another 5 years or ago?

I have upgraded my PC several times with more ram and a faster processor so I don't like the idea of not being able to upgrade my iMac in the future...

Well, if you're expecting to use the computer for as long as 5 years, don't hold back on the features when you order it. Also, if you're going with a 5-year cycle, then upgrading is kind of pointless anyway, in 5 years tech could be so different that upgrading would mean replacing all the innards or external devices because of new standards and connectivity. (like when AGP and PCI got replaced with PCIe; new processor or memory architectures; serial ports got replaced with USB/Firewire and now USB3 and Thunderbolt; etc.)


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Nov 17, 2012 09:33 |  #8

Kolor-Pikker wrote in post #15256030 (external link)
...What? The recent iMacs have two thunderbolt ports, you could have a triple monitor setup running if you wanted to. OP won't be able to use his old monitors though.


Well, if you're expecting to use the computer for as long as 5 years, don't hold back on the features when you order it. Also, if you're going with a 5-year cycle, then upgrading is kind of pointless anyway, in 5 years tech could be so different that upgrading would mean replacing all the innards or external devices because of new standards and connectivity. (like when AGP and PCI got replaced with PCIe; new processor or memory architectures; serial ports got replaced with USB/Firewire and now USB3 and Thunderbolt; etc.)

So sell his monitors now at a loss, buy new expensive monitors. Win win?? And besides, OP didnt mention buying a second monitor for the iMac.


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Nov 17, 2012 10:21 |  #9

Moppie wrote in post #15254761 (external link)
How is having a Mac going to help you get more out of Photoshop and a tablet?

I've used both under OS-X and Windows and there is, wait for it, NO Difference! :eek::eek::eek:


Yup. Same menus, same windows, same functions, same source code. It's like a couple of auto mechanics arguing whether they should be using a Snap-On or Craftsman wrench.

People seem to forget they are using a tool, and they are actually the ones doing the work.

"Yup the Mac has better white balance."

"Hey, did you know that Windows sharpens more precisely than a Mac?"

"I always use my Mac to add new layers, because they have better contrast than Windows machines."

What nonsense.


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Nov 17, 2012 10:30 |  #10

i switched a few years ago, best move i ever made




  
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Nov 17, 2012 10:58 |  #11

I switched from a PC to an iMac about three years ago, and to be honest when I replace it I will proberbly go back to a PC. A hell of a lot cheaper and upgradeable.


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Nov 17, 2012 14:26 as a reply to  @ john crossley's post |  #12

You do not purchase Apple products because of their low cost. You select a Mac for the OS, support (hardware and OS from same vendor), and ecosystem (computer, phone, tablet). The design ascetics are not bad either.

If I did not use a rMBP as my sole computer for travel and desktop, I would definitely be ordering one of the new 27" iMacs with the hottest CPU, and minimum memory and SSD. Then I would bring the memory up to 16GB and attach thunderbolt drives for my large storage needs.




  
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Nov 18, 2012 11:10 |  #13

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You do not purchase Apple products because of their low cost. You select a Mac for the OS, support (hardware and OS from same vendor), and ecosystem (computer, phone, tablet). The design ascetics are not bad either.

If I did not use a rMBP as my sole computer for travel and desktop, I would definitely be ordering one of the new 27" iMacs with the hottest CPU, and minimum memory and SSD. Then I would bring the memory up to 16GB and attach thunderbolt drives for my large storage needs.

You mean You, right? You can't possibly be talking about me, because frankly, you know nothing whatsoever about me, or my buying practices, or anything about the way I work or what my goal for photographs might be.

More to the point, the tools don't make the image. You do. So the cost or the style or the design (aesthetics? is that what you mean? I suspect ascetics are something else not connected with cameras) are totally irrelevant. They don't make the image , either.

And even more to the point, it's clear you've had waaaay too much kool-aid.


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Nov 18, 2012 13:05 |  #14

john crossley wrote in post #15256784 (external link)
I switched from a PC to an iMac about three years ago, and to be honest when I replace it I will proberbly go back to a PC. A hell of a lot cheaper and upgradeable.

Ditto


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Nov 24, 2012 00:36 |  #15

Hen3Ry wrote in post #15260077 (external link)
You mean You, right? You can't possibly be talking about me, because frankly, you know nothing whatsoever about me, or my buying practices, or anything about the way I work or what my goal for photographs might be.

More to the point, the tools don't make the image. You do. So the cost or the style or the design (aesthetics? is that what you mean? I suspect ascetics are something else not connected with cameras) are totally irrelevant. They don't make the image , either.

And even more to the point, it's clear you've had waaaay too much kool-aid.

He was saying that no one thinks "I want a budget computer, I'm going to get a mac"


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